Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center


Construction of a parkway, compared with a highway, requires engineers to protect, yet make accessible, the scenic and historic landmarks along the route. The Natchez Trace Parkway, authorized by Congress in the 1930s, is one of the pioneers of this type of national road. Nearly 450 miles long, the Parkway follows the historic route of the Natchez Trace, from Nashville, Tenn., to Natchez, Miss. The trace evolved from a beaten animal track into an American Indian trail and then a passageway for explorers, traders, and homesteaders. By the early 1800s, it was militarily, politically, and economically the most important road in the region.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The award-winning Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge near Franklin, Tennessee, is the first double-arch, precast, segmental bridge of its kind in the U.S. Designed by FIGG Engineering Group and built by PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., the bridge's arches are designed to support the deck without evenly spaced spandrel columns.
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