The 444-mile Parkway follows one of the four oldest trails in North America from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, and is the eighth most visited National Park in the United States.
The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude. Hohenwald is one of the towns closest to the Parkway.
Vistors may stop by the information station located in a 1930s cabin, only a few steps from the original site where Meriwether Lewis, leader of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, lost his life. He was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he mysteriously died on the Natchez Trace on October 11, 1809, at Grinder's Stand. A memorial in his honor was erected in 1848 and is located at his gravesite nearby as well as picnic areas and a camp ground.
Lewis County Namesake
Lewis County takes its name from this famous explorer. The Natchez Trace Parkway offers beautiful waterfalls, streams and an abundance of wildlife for visitors to Lewis County. Visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping. www.nps.gov/natr or www.scenictrace.com