Old Town Overlook is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 263.9.

Hiking Trail access to Blackland Prairie Trail (Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail)
Indian History Scenic Overlook

Old Town Overlook - Natchez Trace Parkway
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Early white settlers in this area called a nearby Chickasaw village simply as Old Town (rather than learning the Chickasaw name). From this vantage point there is a view of meadows and there is also a pond.

From the Old Town Overlook site you can hike north 2.5 miles to the Parkway Visitor Center or south 2 miles to the Chickasaw Village Site on the Blackland Prairie Trail (a segment of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail).

In the early 1800s ordinary Americans could not be bothered with learning the names of Chickasaw villages on the Natchez Trace. One they called Old Town and passed the name on to the stream running through this valley. This is one of the sources of the Tombigbee River first called "River of the Chickasaw" and later the "Tombeckbee" by the French. Near here in 1795, the Chickasaw defeated the Creeks in a battle described by Andrew Jackson as "When the whole Creek nation came to destroy your towns...a few hundred Chickasaw aided by a few whites chased them back to their nation, killing the best of their warriors and covering the rest with shame."

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  • Latitude: 34.3043
    Longitude: -88.724216
    Elevation (approximate): 318 feet
    Milepost: 263.9
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