Traveling the Trace: A Complete Tour Guide to the Historic Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez
I just completed the Natchez Trace Bicycle Tour. It was a great tour.
The route was outstanding. Limited auto traffic and very courteous drivers that went out of their way to be polite. Peter and Anna are the best tour guides I have ever ridden with. They made road details clear and easy to understand. They kept us all properly supplied with water and nutrients during the ride.
Their professionalism is definitely 5 star! Thank you for the tour. I am glad I choose this tour from the Lizard Head list. Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week 9 riders required. Please contact us via email or call Guests on-their-own for reservations at the Natchez Grand, or at other nearby hotels or inns this evening.
If you are flying to Nashville, the Courtyard by Marriott offers a complimentary shuttle to and from Nashville International Airport. If you are driving to Nashville, we recommend that you leave your vehicle for long-term parking with the Courtyard by Marriott NOTE: there is a fee with the Courtyard for long-term parking, so check with the front desk before our departure time.
Although we do not recommend a same day flight when the tour ends on Day 7, please make your flight reservation for PM or later to avoid undue stress as things can happen during the last day that may delay our arrival back in the Nashville area. Total Miles: to miles, additional mileage options available. Can I keep up on this tour?
This is a very leisurely tour along a magnificent ribbon of extremely well maintained pavement. Please see our Tour Discounts Policy. Please note that due to the historic nature of some of the places we stay it may not be possible to have a completely private room due to shared bathrooms or semi-shared accommodations. Tour Includes: 7-Days of guide service, 6-nights of lodging, all meals, entry fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support.
Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage therapy are additional. Guests are on-their-own to make reservations at the Meeting Hotel or Ending Hotel, or other nearby hotels. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it. Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group.
Ebikes excluded, pedal bikes only. Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all — we will keep you well fed during the tour! Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit.
Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.
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Has ridden multi-day tours and done a century ride. Rides E. Has done numerous multi-day tours, century rides and races. How Fit do I Have to Be? If one month prior to the tour, you can ride 2 to 3 times a week equalling a total of 75 or more miles a week, you'll do just fine. We like to jokingly say that "one is ready for a Lizard Head Cycling Tour when they are finished with tour" and this is true! The only way to simulate a week long bike tour is to go on a week long tour. Our average rider age is 55 years.
These are bike tours, not races so we take our time to stop, take pictures and see the sights. We have all day to reach our destination and most riders take "bumps" at some points. We offer reduced mileage options for each day. Of course if someone wants to ride E.
Every Freaking Inch , we love to show them all the extra climbs, loops and hidden canyons that can be included! Do the Bump! Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a "bump" via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time. After the bump the rider is "off the front" and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They'll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery.
All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Seamless Mileage Options Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tour — something we're well known for in our business. This technique is similar to heliskiing in that one does not ski everything, they ski the best. Slow or Fast? Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up, but then they're surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing.
Natchez Trace Parkway Guide from Mile Marker 0 to 444
They do just fine! Slow and Fast only exist relative to other cyclists. Speed does not matter as long as one is moving on the bike. As long as one is moving, they are truly going fast enough. If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office via email or call us at Please also see this blog post for more information. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.
There are dozens of great little shops and eateries along with a many historical sites throughout the town of Natchez. Day 1: Natchez to Sunken Trace 47 Miles with up to 2, feet of climbing. Our first day of the tour begins at the Natchez Grand Hotel in Natchez, MS with a meet and greet of guests and guides followed by a short presentation of the week ahead and a brief history of the Natchez Trace. At mile marker 10, we will make a short divert from the Trace to view the Emerald Mound Site — an ancient ceremonial mound built by ancestors of the Natchez Indians that dates from the period between and A.
After Emerald Mound and back on route, riders will soon make another quick divert to Mount Locust Historic Home , one of the oldest surviving structures in Mississippi. While riders take a tour of this house, guides will prepare a gourmet lunch in the parking area. Guests will have time before dinner to stroll this small town or to relax at the inn after the adventures of the day.
Day 2: Sunken Trace to Ridgeland 64 Miles with up to 2, feet of climbing.
This day begins with a hearty breakfast and then shuttle back to the Natchez Trace Parkway to start from the Sunken Trace. After Rocky Springs we continue to thread our way through the dense ancient hardwood forests, past open pastures and fields with lunch held at Deans Stand. After lunch we will make a stop at the Clinton Visitor Center for an aid station. After departing the Center, we finish the last miles of our journey along the Natchez Multi-Use Path and leave the Trace to check into our lodging for the night in Ridgeland, MS.
On this third day of the tour, our mileage increases yet again, but since this is one of the flatter portions of the Trace, the 81 miles you pedal today will pass by quickly. Departing our hotel, we make our way back to the Trace, though this time we will not ride on the parkway itself, but for the first five miles on the bike path system adjacent to the Trace. At mile marker , we will make a stop at the Cypress Swamp where a boardwalk trail leads over the murky waters through a tupelo and bald cypress swamp… but make sure to watch for alligators!
Also along the way we will pass Kosciusko, Mississippi — the town where Oprah Winfrey was born and lived until age 6. By the end of the day, we arrive at the French Camp Historic District log-cabin village where riders can relax and enjoy a well deserved authentic Southern meal. Day 4: French Camp to Tupelo 88 Miles with up 2, feet of climbing. This website uses the list of ethanol-free gas stations in the U. Road Signs Public Domain. Meteocons Proprietary. Icons made by SimpleIcon from www.
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