The Natchez Trace was once an Indian trail running from Natchez, Ms to the Northwest. It became an important wilderness road when boatmen who had floated their cargo down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, had to return North. In 1812, when the first steamboat appeared, the road was not used so much anymore. It is now a splendid scenic drive.
The Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace, also known as the "Old Natchez Trace", is a historical path that extends roughly 440 miles (710 km) from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Banditry regularly occurred along the route and many people who set off down the Trace never emerged from the other end.