Monday, March 30, 2015

Natchez Trace, Part 2

I found another web site, Natcheztracetravel.com, which tells more information about the stops along the way. It’s really mostly for bikes. This part of the trail is at Jackson/Raymond area, Canton/Jackson areaKosciusko area, French Camp area. I’ll probably defer from pictures of just the signs and only put pictures of places we stopped at instead.

The beginning of this part is very bumpy and bouncy. The part yesterday was much better.
IMG_5150IMG_5162IMG_5261IMG_5247IMG_5243IMG_5244IMG_5236IMG_4979IMG_5027
IMG_5143IMG_5144IMG_5154IMG_5155IMG_5168IMG_5183IMG_5184IMG_5185IMG_5186IMG_5192IMG_5238IMG_5239IMG_5240IMG_5248IMG_5249I liked the Tupelo-Bald Cypress swamp. It didn’t smell, easy for pictures. The Cole Creek swamp was dirty, smelled bad.
IMG_5265IMG_5267IMG_5269 We didn’t realized there was a visitors center across the road until we drove past it.  It’s for the town of French Camp. The information on the National Park Service map doesn’t give information for the surrounding area. There’s a couple of places we’ve found after the fact.

We stopped at Jeff Busby Campground, mm 193.1 on the Trace.  We only went about 100 miles, and it’s only 1:30 in the afternoon, but if we go all the way to the next campground on the Trace, about 200 miles, I don’t think there would be any room left by the time we get there today. It looks like the campgrounds start filling early. There are 3 free campgrounds along the Trace. This one has a  restroom, water fountains, picnic table, fire pit, grill and food hanger. We walked up Little Mountain, 630 feet elevation, from our campground at 450 feet elevation. (They don’t have much for mountains in this area of the valley.) Weather permitting, we might stay here for a few days.
IMG_5270IMG_4309IMG_4290IMG_4291IMG_4292I don’t know what kind of snake this is. I only had my small camera and couldn’t zoom in, and didn’t want to get in close in case it was venomous. There are three kinds of venomous snakes in this area, but we think it’s just a water snake.
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