Natchez Trace From Meriwether Lewis to Nashville

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

We left Fall Hollow Campground and followed the trace north. It was now rolling hills and a curved road. We stopped at a tobacco farm not far from where President James Polk grew up, then a beautiful series of waterfalls. 

There was an easy hike up to a bluff overlooking the Duck River and beautiful farmland on the other side.

Duck River

Johnny Hay told us to drive through the cute, little town of Leiper’s Fork. Unfortunately it was raining, so we didn’t park and walk around. Not far from Nashville, there were some impressive farms.

John Gordon House on Natchez Trace, built 1818

Leaving the Trace, we drove around Natchez. It was a rude awakening to the real world after quiet, easy days of driving the Trace. Traffic was stop and go through what used to be the quaint little town of Franklin. Beautiful houses and brick businesses now bordered a busy street.

Thankfully, it stopped raining as we pulled into Nashville Shores RV Resort on the east side of the city. Pulling the Airstream through city highways in the rain is nerve-wracking, but we made it safely.

It’s before the busy season, so we found a peaceful campground with good facilities. We unhooked, showered and drove back to Brentwood to have dinner at Mere Bulles with my VMI roommate, Doug Schnable. 

It was great catching up with Doug, and the restaurant was excellent. 

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