Natchez Trace Parkway
A Drive through 10,000 Years of History
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace," a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy a scenic drive as well as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the Parkway (from https://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm).
Trace Bikes is a full service bicycle shop located 1.6 miles from the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway. We can help you with bike rentals, bike shipping, bike packing and unpacking, transportation, and advice!
If you're planning on riding all or part of the Natchez Trace Parkway, your best sources of information are NatchezTraceTravel.com and the National Park Service. Randy is the owner of Natchez Trace Travel and he knows his stuff. He can hook you up with B and B reservations, tell you where to find food, and all sorts of other stuff.
If you are flying in with your bike we can help you. We have a staff of highly trained mechanics that can build just about anything. As of Spring 2024 our "build and tune" rate is $98, plus $10 per additional accessory such as fenders, racks, etc. When you're ready to go back home, just drop your bike back off and we'll box it back up for you. No worries if you shipped it in a hard case, we can store that for you while you ride. As of Spring 2024 our "box a bike" rate is $85, plus $5 per accessory to remove them. We recommend giving us AT LEAST 2 days to build your bike. Notice how that's bold? That's because it's IMPORTANT. Our mechanics can get pretty busy and your safety is our first priority, we don't want to rush through a bike build.
I'd like to ship my bike to you, how do I do that? Just hop on over to bikeflights.com, create your shipping labels and schedule your shipment. Take your bike to your local bike shop for professional packing or if you're packing it yourself be sure to look at these videos for some tips. Don't skimp on the packing, because it's a bummer to arrive with a damaged bike. Please allow enough time when shipping your bike for us to build it, we recommend your bike arriving AT LEAST 2 days before you plan to pick it up. Notice how that's bold? That's because it's IMPORTANT. Our mechanics can get pretty busy and your safety is our first priority, we don't want to rush through a bike build.
I don't want to travel with my bike, do you offer rentals? At the moment we are out of rental bikes, BUT we are rebuilding the rental fleet for spring 2024!
A few quick reminders:
Lights, have them charged and on your bike - especially your rear light. Be a bigger distraction than whatever the driver is looking at. If you don't have lights we keep them in stock all year long.
Reflective and high vis gear is always in style, get you some.
Sunscreen, you'll need it on the Trace, there's not much shade in the summer and it can get pretty toasty out there.
If you're not from the South, it gets HUMID here. Be prepared to sweat and DRINK YOUR WATER. You're going to need plenty of water when riding here in the summer.