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Posted: 02/23/12 07:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can anyone tell me if I will have any issues traveling from Nashville TN to Tupelo MS via the Natchez Trace Highway due to size or length? My coach is 50ft long and 13'6' high, length with toad 72ft. If no issues, do you have any special things to see or do along the way? Many thanks in advance!


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Tupelo is as far north as we've been. There is a good car museum and Elvis' boyhood home in Tupelo. Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis & Clark was killed on the Trace close to the Tenn-Alabama line. Go on the internet and look up Natchez Trace. Sorry I cann't offer more help. But someone one here will have some good advise.


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Check further down this forum as I too asked the same question and got some good info-We leave Il the 1st and we also will be traveling on the Natchez trail from Nashville Tn to Natchez MS--Good luck and safe travels--Rich
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Posted: 02/23/12 09:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm


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Posted: 02/23/12 10:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nashville to Hgw 412, or the M. Lewis monument, will be quite difficult with that size rig. Although it is a motor home, the size and weight may cause difficulties. The road is not designed or built for big or heavy loads, and has no shoulders in most places. That is why commercial traffic is prohibited. From there south, the road is OK, mostly straight with milder curves and hills. Advise I40 to Jackson, then down us45 south.


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We have run the NTP several times in our 36 footer with tow'd. I do not think the road will pose any problem for you. OTOH the NP campgrounds may be a real issue and you may need to find commercial places off the road. Speed limit is mostly 50 and as I remember there are no significant grades.

All turnouts are marked if they do not provide pull through access and only one has a low clearance (11 something) and it is very clearly marked so you would not even consider getting boxed.

Have fun - 50 feet? I thought legal max was 45!


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The road is kind narrow but we never felt pinched or uncomfortable.
The only problem we encountered was they were repaving sections.
I had to get out of the coach and move the cones so we could get by.
There is no shoulder in many sections and it is soft and on a hill many times. Some of the sections being paved we could have gotten the left wheels off the pavement but we would never have gotten them back on. We would have possibly dragged the coach on the pavement edge. We might have sunk in too.

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We traveled that exact route once in our 38' with toad. We had no trouble but beware, the one park we stayed at (near Lewis memorial site) was rustic (no hook-ups at all) with very tight sites (lots of trees). I'd bet you can get in there but I think I'd unhook the toad before entering. Most of the other places to pull off are ok for large rigs. The road is indeed a narrow 2 laner with lower speed limit (45 mph) so you have no choice but to take your time. Stop often to see the sights. It's a very beautiful ride. This highway isn't like most state or federal highways...I don't recall commercial enterprises along the way so be sure you are fueled up, filled with enough fresh water for the trip, with empty waste tanks and have food onboard. I don't know about any other campgrounds.


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The mininum clearance on the park maps is 14.5. No listing for length or weight. Having run from Nashville to Jackson several times. I do not believe you will have any problems with a little caution on the north end. I have seen Prevost MH's on the Trace.


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Tennessee max length is 65 feet, lower on the Trace.

Added - Fed reg 36 CFR 7.43 - Natchez Trace Parkway shows overall vehicle plus trailer/toad length maximum as 55 feet.

Please be aware the Trace is patrolled by federal park ranger/LEO's - have heard all my life they issued expensive tickets - also speed limit is mostly 50mph, lower in certain areas.

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