The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through
Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The road roughly follows the Old Natchez Trace,
a historic forest trail established by the aboriginal people of the area that
subsequently became an important route for commerce after European settlement.
Construction on the parkway began in 1939 as a project of the Depression-era
Civilian Conservation Corps. Although construction of most of the route was completed
within a few years, the final two gaps in Mississippi were not closed until 2005.