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Bike The Natchez Trace

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6-day Bike Vacation

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Join Event Leader Max Langley and bike the Natchez Trace

Touring with VBT Bicycling Vacations--from Jackson Mississippi to Natchez Mississippi. Riding is van and bike supported and VBT provides bikes including Ebikes

Cycle the scenic Natchez Trace trail, stopping to explore storied Civil War battlefields with a local historian. Journey through historic Southern homes, ceremonial sites, and memorable museums.

What to Expect

This tour features easy terrain mixed with some rolling hills (most notably on Day 3, inside Vicksburg

National Military Park). There is some urban and parkway riding, where traffic is accustomed to cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who would like assistance. This trip is ideal for both beginning and experienced cyclists.

Tour Duration: 6 Days

Average Daily Mileage: 15 - 25

Average Cycling Time: 2 – 5 h

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Eudora Welty’s longtime home, a National Historic Landmark
  • Roll through centuries of history along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road.
  • Step into the past at the atmospheric ghost town of Rocky Springs
  • Ponder the legacy of the Civil War at the ruins of the Windsor Plantation
  • Relive the Siege of Vicksburg on a guided tour with a local historian
  • Visit Emerald Mound, an ancient Native American ceremonial site
  • Customize your own “Pilgrimage” of Natchez’ stately antebellum homes
  • Stay at a historic inn that has earned AAA’s elite Four Diamond rating for decades

 

Itinerary 

DAY 1: VBT Bicycle Vacation begins / Arrive in Jackson / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception and dinner

Today’s  Ride Choice: Jackson Warm-Up: 3 miles

What to Expect: Pass beautiful homes in a historic district on an easy warm-up ride.

 

DAY 2: Rocky Springs / Natchez Trace Parkway / Vicksburg

Today’s Ride Choices:  Cumulative Distance Range: 18 39 miles

Morning - Rocky Springs to Port Gibson: 18 miles

Afternoon- Port Gibson to Windsor Ruins: 21 miles

What to Expect: Cycle over gentle hills from Rocky Springs to Port Gibson. Wildlife is abundant along your route. Those who would like to continue cycling after lunch can ride to the ruins of Windsor Plantation and back.

 

DAY 3: Vicksburg National Military Park

Today’s Ride Choice: Cumulative Distance Range: 18 miles

Morning - Vicksburg: 18 miles

What to Expect: Enjoy a ride through the park today. The park has two options that will add 5 miles. The Southern Loop Option adds 3 miles with more monuments dedicated to the Confederate States. Headquarters adds 2 miles and passes the monument dedicated to soldiers of African descent.

 

DAY 4: Natchez Trace Parkway / Emerald Mound

Today’s Ride Choice: Cumulative Distance Range: 42 miles

Vicksburg to Natchez: 42 miles

What to Expect: You ride into Natchez, the terminus of the parkway. Passing many sites to visit, you will stop at Coles Creek to enjoy one final picnic lunch prepared by your Trip Leaders, under the shade trees next to the creek. Continue on to Mount Locust and Emerald Mound before arriving in Natchez.

 

DAY 5: Antebellum Pilgrimage / Natchez

Today’s Ride Choices: Cumulative Distance Range: 12 - 36 miles

Morning - Antebellum Homes: 12 miles, The Natchez Trace: 24 miles

What to Expect: Ride through the historic district of Natchez on Pilgrimage in the morning. Need more cycling? Head back out to the Trace and cycle as far as you wish.

 

DAY 6: VBT Bicycle Vacation ends / Depart for home

 

Pricing

From: $2,195

A deposit is required to create a reservation. Until your deposit has been made, your space on the tour is not guaranteed.

 

What's Included             

5 nights in historic antebellum inns

11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

 

Biking Packages Include:

  • Custom VBT Bike and Helmet
  • Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders
  • Vehicle Support
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes
  • Welcome Reception
  • Facilitated Cultural Experiences
  • Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

 

Tour Bikes

  • Step-Through (Mixte Hybrid) Comfort Bicycle - See More >
  • Step-Over (Diamond) Comfort Bicycle - See More >
  • Road Bicycle (Aluminum alloy frame) - See More >
  • Electric-Assisted Bicycle (E-bike) - See More >

Event: Bike The Natchez Trace Event Cost: Free
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Event Summary: Join Event Leader Max Langley and bike the Natchez Trace with VBT Bicycling Vacations--from Jackson Mississippi to Natchez Mississippi. Riding is van and bike supported and VBT provides bikes including Ebikes
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Members: 1 Max Attendance: 8
Guests: 0 Spots Available: 7
Total Attendance: 1    
Overnight: Yes Kid Friendly: No
Skill Level: Easy / Moderate Dog Friendly: No

CHECKLIST - Gear Details and Rules
Helmet
Road Bike
Sunglasses
Sunglasses/Glasses Strap
Sunscreen
Snack
BYOB
Water
1/2 to 1 quart per hour required
 
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