We arrived in Natchez, Mississippi mid-afternoon and headed first to Walmart and unhooked the car to explore the area for parking for the Big House. Our first stop was at the visitor center where we could see the Mississippi river rising. The RV campground on the Louisiana side of the river was under water so parking there was out of the question. Natchez is high on a bluff so most of the town was not threatened by the rising river. The volunteer at the visitor center told us about several parking lots along the river bluff that might accommodate us so we explored and found a parking place near the river walk. I noticed a command center being set up near by in anticipation of the flooding and there was also helicopter landing area . The river is suppose to crest next Saturday, May 21 in the area, and will be the worst since the flooding in the 1930's.
Although, Natchez is the beginning of the Natchez Trail Parkway, there were several things I wanted to see and explore before heading up the parkway.
You can see how high the river is. There is still enough clearance for traffic though.
This is the business district known as Natchez-Under-The Hill. They have put up a barrier in anticipation of the rising of the river.
Tomorrow our journey up the Natchez Trace Parkway will begin. We scouted out the beginning of the parkway but more on that in the next post.