Tap Into The 2013 Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors Guide

Considering a drive down the 444-mile-long Natchez Trace Parkway this year? There's a brand new guide out there to help you plan your journey.

The 35-page guide points out highlights along the way, such as where to enjoy outdoor recreation, explore culture and heritage that dots the parkway from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, and where to stop for a bite or a room for the night.

There's even a page that highlights historical points of interest, starting at Natchez and heading north to Nashville.

For instance, the guide points out that at Mile Marker 41.5 you'll find the "Sunken Trace," which is "one of the most photographed sites along the Parkway. The Trace appears sunken in this spot due to thousands of travelers walking on the easily eroded loess soil. This short trail will allow you to walk on the Natchez Trace just as thousands have before you."

At Mile Marker 193.1 you'll arrive at Jeff Busby, which is the "high point of your journey. ... (T)his exhibit is located 603 feet above sea level at one of the highest points in Mississippi and the highest on the Parkway. At Jeff Busby, you’ll also find a campsite and a hike up to a terrific view of the surrounding countryside."

Elsewhere in the guide you'll find suggested itineraries for learning more about the Native Americans who once made this landscape their home, Civil War sites, and cultural and heritage sites, such as the birthplace of W.C. Handy, recognized as the father of the blues.

And, of course, there's a calendar of events so you can coordinate your travels with events that interest you, such as the 31st Annual Hollis Long Dulcimer Festival at Tishomingo State Park in Mississippi, or the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race in Natchez.