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Traveling Through History

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Ridgeland, MS (WDAM) - The historic and scenic route of the Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile-long roadway stretching from Natchez to Nashville.  

 "It originally was animal trails that were used then used by Indians, then used by the settlers, then used by the civil war troops," said Joseph Mangino, Supervisory Law Enforcement Ranger.

The Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail through three states.The trace has several bike, horse, and walking trails. It is also home to the Ross Barnett reservoir.

"There's a multitude of things to do along the Natchez trace four sightseers and tourists alike," said Mangino. "If people would take the time to look at the different things that are available along the Natchez Trace there's just not anything else along in the state of Mississippi."

The trace includes Cypress Swamp, a quiet sanctuary that allows you to appreciate nature, including turtles, fish and alligators.

Mangino said the trace is a safe and clean place to visit.  Law enforcement is always on the scene, and maintenance crews work every day to keep the trace beautiful.

"Our staff works hard to keep it litter free; we have a full time maintenance employee that that's all he does is keep the area clean."

"We're stopping and looking and reading the stands and the signs and looking at some of the old history and thinking about how people crossed this old country back then you know," said Bill Bagi, a Texas native making his way along the trail. 

Mangino hopes more people will travel the parkway to learn and appreciate this piece of historic land. 

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