Nashville, TN

Natchez Trace Parkway/Highland Rim Trail

The Nathcez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, roughly following the “Old Natchez Trace” a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. It is administered by the National Park Service. The northern terminus of the parkway is in Franklin, about 15 miles south of Nashville. Since the parkway is a designated cycling route, it is also nice for running. There is a shoulder in sections, but we recommend running opposite traffic.

There’s also an opportunity to do a trail run alongside a section of the Parkway. Called the Highland Rim Trail/Garrison Creek Trail/Horse Trail, thisĀ  is a dirt trail running alongside the Parkway for about 20 miles, between milepost 427 at the Garrison Creek Trailhead, south to milepost 412 or so just south of Highway 7. Along parts of this section, there’s a side road Old Natchez Trace, that you can take as well.



  • Many, many miles. The trail alongside the parkway is ~15 miles
  • The 15-mile section we've mapped has an elevation of 830 feet
  • Parkway Start closest to Nashville is in Franklin, just off Rt. 100, south of Old Hickory Blvd. Trail start is at mile marker 420
  • Many access points