Here are some of the best places to view autumn colors in Tennessee and Mississippi. Don’t be misled by all the news and praise the north gets for their autumn leaves. If you’re lucky enough to call Tennessee or Mississippi home then you won’t have to go far to see some of the best autumn scenes in the country.
Running through Mississippi to Tennessee, this 444 mile scenic road follows Old Natchez Trace. It is one of the nation’s first national roads. The road was formed from several Indian trails that connected Natchez to Nashville. It was an important trade route before the invention of the steamboat made it obsolete. With more than one hundred scenic overlooks, monuments, and hiking trails, it is by far one of the best places to view autumn colors in the south. With so much to see and do why not stay a few days at one of the many inns and campsites along the way?
Nestled in the Appalachian foothills near Toshomingo, Mississippi this beautiful park along the Natchez Trace Parkway boasts scenic hiking trails, ancient rock formations, camping, and canoeing. Each activity offers a unique perspective of mother nature’s gorgeous metamorphosis. There is too much to see in one day so why not stay the night in a rustic cabin, traditional campsite, or R.V.
Located north of Jackson, Cypress Swamp is a quick stop along the Natchez Trace Parkway. It takes you on a twenty-minute loop through a wooded swamp which is home to tupelo and bald cypress trees that grow out of the water. Come November the swamp transforms into a golden wonderland as the leaves blanket the bog and boardwalk. But be careful, alligators also call this slice of paradise home.
Old Trace Drive follows two and a half miles of the original Natchez road. Untouched by modern development, this two hundred year old trail provides a spectacular drive for autumn sight-seers. The narrow trail is covered by thick-canopy hardwoods and is not recommended for R.V.’s or trailers. If you are into history, the Meriwether Lewis Memorial is just to the north.