An ancient path connecting Native American territories of the southeast United States

The Natchez Trace was a path carved out by Native Americans that links Natchez, Mississippi, with Nashville, Tennessee. The path itself went through several different American Indian territories, including Chickasaw territory.

Originally, animals like the bison carved the Trace out in search of salt licks. Native Americans would go deeper into the wild and make the Trace what it is today.

American Indians were not the only ones to use the path. It was used by European explorers, and it is speculated that the early explorers had help from the Native Americans, using them as guides on the path. Andrew Jackson led his troops along the trail to the Battle of New Orleans.

As time wore on, boats traveled up the Mississippi River, and the Trace was no longer needed as a route. Eventually, plant growth overcame the lost path and it became wild again. But the Daughters of the American Revolution had a different plan. They reclaimed the route, and in the 1930s, as part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, workers started paving projects on the Trace. The last 12 miles were finished in 2005.