Author Topic: Need a safe route to the Natchez Trace Pkwy from Tuscaloosa, AL  (Read 432 times)

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Offline texas traveler

I am riding from Tuscaloosa, AL to Austin, TX in May and I can do the trip on ACA routes (NTP to Southern Tier) except for the portion from Tuscaloosa, AL to Kosciousko, MS.  A cycling group in Tuscaloosa has routes from Tuscaloosa, AL to Aliceville, AL.  From Aliceville to the Natchez Trace, however, the shortest route appears to be AL32W and Hwy14W/MS.  I have heard these roads are not favorable to bike travelers because they are two lane highways which are traveled by logging and chicken trucks.  I have considered taking the Underground RR from Aliceville to the Southern Tier, but I only have 2 weeks before I have to be back to work in Austin, TX and that route option would add considerable distance to my trip.   Any insights on alternative routes from Tuscaloosa, AL to the NTP or thoughts on HWY 14W, AL32W would be appreciated.  Thank you.   

Offline John Nettles

Re: Need a safe route to the Natchez Trace Pkwy from Tuscaloosa, AL
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 10:21:40 pm »
Using the AL and MS traffic count maps and google streetmaps, I came up with a quick route.

Aliceville to Pickensville via Sapps Road (low traffic county road) to AL-86 (low traffic state road).  Pickensville to Brooksville via MS-388.  Brooksville to Louisville via Lynn Creek Rd and Brooksville/Louisville Rd (all low traffic county roads).  Louisville to Kosciusko is MS-14 (low traffic after you get out of town a couple of miles) to Knox Rd (county road about a mile before MS-19).

By low traffic I mean sub-2000 average vehicles per day.  A lot of the county roads are sub-1000.  This was compiled by using the AL and MS traffic count maps and google streetmaps.

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Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline texas traveler

Re: Need a safe route to the Natchez Trace Pkwy from Tuscaloosa, AL
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 05:18:57 am »
I'll check that out----thanks for the help!