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Natchez Trace Escape - Windsor Ruins, Route 552 + ADD NEW ROUTE


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Motorcycle Roads Natchez Trace Escape - Windsor Ruins, Route 552

By George Hooper
on September 1, 2004

3.5out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

To start this route you will need to get to Clifton, MS (which is just a mile or two north east of the larger town of Lorman Mississippi). From Clifton, take 552 west and accross the Natchez Trace Parkway. Follow the winding 552 for about 20 miles as it eventually turns north and then north east and enters the town of Port Gibson. At Port Gibson, turn left on route 61 for a few blocks, then right on route 18 for about a mile back to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Scenery

Riding the Natchez Trace is truly a ride through history (see Natchez Trace listing) however, it is not really a motorcyclist's "dream road." Low speed limits and long straight sections, with trees and more trees, can make a motorcyclist's throttle hand twitch for something new. In Mississippi, get off the Trace and ride on Route 552 for a while. As an added bonus, stop along the way and explore the deserted ruins of an old plantation.

Road Quality

Route 552 is paved and in generally good shape. There are a number of twists and rolling hills. Trees come close to the road, so long sight-lines are not always possible. After traveling on the Natchez Trace for some time, you will need to wake up your motorcycle skills.

Roadside Amenities

If you pick up 552 from the south, you will come to the Windsor Plantation Ruins in approximately 12 miles. It will be on the left down a short gravel drive. Don't miss it -- there are no big signs since it's not a commercial tourist site. What remains of the ruins is a series of 24 columns and some remaining iron work. Never-the-less, it stands there as a reminder of the great plantations from a time gone by.

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By GareBear
on March 3, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 99

Motorcycle Make Valkyrie

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Ruins are interesting. mansion must have been a marvel in its time.

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By Guest
on February 21, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

We have done this loop off the Trace several times in the last few years. I think it is a better ride than the Trace. Nice stop at the ruins.

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