Welcome! You’ve made a great choice, taking the Natchez Trace. Stretching 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, the Trace can take you places you’ll never forget. From Native American burial mounds to antebellum mansions, placid lakes to Civil War battle sites, nature trails to urban cityscapes, this All-American Road & National Scenic Byway takes you deep into the heart of an extraordinary American experience. So take your time—there’s lots to take in: beautiful scenery, exciting history, recreational adventures and cultural attractions. All this and more on a road ready to take you away
Located on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway and just north of the state capital in central Mississippi, Ridgeland is for the active traveler who desires outdoor recreational opportunities, flavorful dining experiences and some of the state’s finest shopping.
Discover life at 15 MPH! With over 100 miles of paved cart paths, visitors enjoy a host of activities that are easily accessible by one of PTC’s signature vehicles – a Golf Cart! Tree lined roadways and scenic views encourage guests to unwind.
Plan your trip and give yourself the luxury to explore…Inside + Out. Ridgeland offers discerning travelers an unexpected melding of nature and style. Explore the Natchez Trace Parkway and “The Rez”, Barnett Reservoir. “Ride Ridgeland” on miles of cycling trails. Experience flavorful dining and the Ridgeland Retail Trail. Discover a surprising array of indoor and outdoor attractions and activities! #VisitMS Responsibly
Places are powerful reminders of the past, few more so than Jackson, Mississippi. Opportunities for Civil Rights education, illumination and enjoyment abound. Here, reenergizing the movement requires somber reflection, but also the celebration of endurance and the spirit of hope.
Few other places have as much potential to teach us about the movement as the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This state-of-the-art space – the only state-funded such museum in the nation – features eight distinct galleries, guiding visitors from the struggle for freedom through the Jim Crow South and beyond to the present moment.
The Mississippi Freedom Trail takes history out of a building and into the streets. Made up of numerous sites of Civil Rights significance, the Freedom Trail ushers visitors past the home of icon Medgar Evers to the Greyhound Bus station where Freedom Riders were rounded up and arrested. Other sites include the site of a Woolworth Department Store sit-in, the site of the Capitol Rally, the Edwards Hotel, and the Municipal Library where nine students from Tougaloo College protested segregation.
Designated as a National Park Service Monument, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers home still stands today. A WWII veteran and Mississippi’s field secretary for the NAACP, Medgar Evers both lived and died at this site, assassinated in his driveway in 1963 by a Ku Klux Klan member. Medgar’s commitment to desegregating higher education and expanding voting rights and economic opportunity changed Mississippi forever.
Dedicated to the timeless contributions of African Americans, the Smith Robertson Museumand Cultural Center uses art, artifacts, photography, and other cultural treasures to demonstrate the crucial impact of Black voices and Black accomplishments in Mississippi and the world. Stroll permanent exhibits spanning a detailed history of Farish Street District to the contributions of Black doctors, scholars and folk artists.
Spend summer in the water, on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee. Nature’s Place to Play offers crystal clear rivers running to the Gulf of Mexico, for fishing, scalloping and paddling.