Natchez Trace Indian History

Indian history is abundant along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Over 400 miles of the original Old Trace footpath went through Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez territory.

In 1796 when Tennessee became a state the Tennessee Valley Divide located just 20 miles south of the current northern terminus of the parkway was the dividing line between the United States and the Chickasaw Nation. Agreements between the US and the Indian Nations allowed travelers and mail delivery to pass through Indian Territory from Nashville to Natchez along the Old Trace.

Listed below for each Indian History site are the milepost location, name of site and info about the site. Click on either the thumbnail picture or Indian History name for more information, pictures and a location map for the site.

Tennessee Indian History

 

Alabama Indian History

 

  • Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall - Top 30 Favorite Site - The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall is located just east of the parkway near milepost 338 on Lauderdale County Road 8.
  • Colbert Ferry - milepost 327.3 - Restroom, Picnic Area, Old Trace, Top 30 Favorite Site
  • Buzzard Roost Spring - milepost 320.3 - Old Trace, Indian History

Mississippi Indian History

 

Note: for your convenience the National Park Service displays a milepost on the east side of the parkway. Mileposts start at 0 on the southern end of the Trace near Natchez and end at 444 at the northern terminus (The Natchez Trace Parkway is 444 miles long.). Throughout this website, mileposts are used to help you locate attractions along the trace and exits on/off the Trace to help you find towns, attractions and bed and breakfasts located just off the Trace.


Parkway Info: TN -- AL -- MS -- Maps
Ride the Trace: Bicycle -- Motorcycle
Near the Trace: Lodging -- Restaurants and Markets -- Festivals and Events