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Alabama's National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads


Natchez Trace Parkway

The 32-mile Alabama segment of the Natchez Trace Parkway is the middle leg of a byway that covers the entire length of the 444-mile Natchez Trace, which encompasses portions of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Native Americans, Kaintuck boatmen, indians, post riders, soldiers and fortune seekers all travelled across this trail, charting new territory and creating a vital link between the Mississippi Territory and the United States. The Alabama section of the byway offers a wealth of early pioneer and Native American history, including nearby access to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, which tells the story of how more than 16,000 Cherokee Indians were forced to leave their homeland. Designated an "All-American Road."

How to Get There: Parkway runs from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. The Alabama section cuts through the northwest corner of the state and is accessible from Highways 20 and 14, and also from Highway 72 going west.

For further information, contact: Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center

Selma to Montgomery March Byway

Historic 54-mile trail marks the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first of the three marches from Selma along Highway 80 ended in what became known as "Bloody Sunday"; the second march went to the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge where the marchers prayed and turned around; and the third ended successfully at the State Capitol in Montgomery. Designated an "All-American Road" and a National Historic Trail.

How to Get There: The Byway runs from Selma to Montgomery, in central Alabama. Montgomery is accessible via I-85 from the east or I-65 from the north/south. Selma is accessible from State Highways 8, 14, 22, and 41.

For further information, contact: Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Talladega Scenic Drive

26-mile Talladega Scenic Drive traverses the backbone of Horseblock and Cheaha Mountains, the southernmost extension of the Appalachian mountain range, to Alabama's highest peak at 2,407 feet elevation. The entire route is located within the boundaries of Talladega National Forest and Cheaha State Park is located at the top of Cheaha Mountain near the midway point.

How to Get There: Byway runs in a northeast/southwest direction from near the intersection of I-20 and Highway 281 to Turnipseed Hunt Camp near the southern end of Cheaha State Park.

For further information, contact: USDA Forest Service

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