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Old fashion country living with traditional Southern hospitality is Wayne County in a nutshell. It is the second largest Tennessee county, measuring 736 square miles, while remaining one of the least populated. That is a good sign for people who are looking to live in a safe, peaceful, tight-knit community, surrounded by nature.  Most citizens of Wayne County reside in the county seat of Waynesboro, followed by Clifton. Anyone looking for a safer place to live should know that Clifton has been ranked the 7th safest cities in Tennessee. It is located on the south bank of the Tennessee River, nearly halfway between Memphis and Nashville. 


Wayne County is comprised of three municipalities, Waynesboro, Clifton, and Collinwood, all rich in history and scenic beautify. The small town of Collinwood is the only city in Tennessee situated directly on the boarder of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. A highlight of Collinwood is the Wayne County Welcome Center, just off the Trace at mile marker 355. Operated by the National Park Service, The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of the four oldest trails in North America, and runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. The 444-mile historic route has been instrumental in American history and is now enjoyed by people who love to get outside for hiking, camping, horseback riding, biking, or a scenic drive along a historic route. The Buffalo River is the longest un-impounded river in Middle Tennessee and runs through the northern part of Wayne County. Meandering more than 125 miles, the Buffalo is one of the most popular places for residents and visitors to float in their canoes or kayaks. Fisherman can often be found along the riverbanks with lines in the water waiting patiently for a bass, catfish, or other species of fish to bite.


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The Natchez Trace

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The Natchez Trace is a historically significant travel route in North America, with origins tracing back 10,000 years. Initially a game trail used by the Chickasaw, Natchez, and Choctaw tribes, it evolved into a vital pathway for travel, communication, and trade. Over the years, it also saw use by European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Between 1800 and 1820, it served as the primary highway in the Old Southwest.

Today, the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway honors this historic route. It offers a scenic and recreational drive stretching through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, linking Natchez to Nashville. The parkway features over 350 archaeological sites, historic 19th-century stands, and 22 burial and ceremonial mounds. Open year-round to motorists, hikers, and bikers, the parkway has earned recognition as a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road. It is also celebrated as one of America's top ten biking routes.

Below you can find more information about stops along the Natchez Trace within Wayne County.  

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