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Landscape Surrounding Natchez Trace Put On The Top 10 Most Endangered List

Posted at 7:28 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-30 17:45:17-04

Just outside the hustle and bustle of the city and the cranes and towers of growth, there's a place known to those who enjoy the scenic route.

Starting or ending just outside of Bellevue, the Natchez Trace Parkway has been known for its peacefulness and has drawn in people like Jane Johnson a couple times a year.

"It's enjoyable just to get out, enjoy the scenery, and enjoy nature," said Johnson. 

Johnson has captured the beauty in her photography. Bikers like Joel Moore, however, take it all end on a ride.

"It's always nice to have somewhere that's not metropolis, kind of country side," said Moore. 

However, some have feared the scenic drive could soon change. The Tennessee Preservation Trust listed the landscape surrounding the Trace as one of the ten endangered properties in Tennessee, citing the threat of encroaching development.

"You come out here to get away from all that. Having a bunch of subdivisions or developments or even businesses out here, it kind of ruins it," said Moore. 

Every year the Tennessee Preservation Trust has released a list of the top ten most endangered properties. The list was made from nominations received from across the state. It's clear folks in middle Tennessee fear the onslaught of new growth may go too far.

"Oh, it makes me sad because this is… so many people travel the Natchez Trace just because it's so, such a nature area, and so many people travel it. It would be really sad that it's developed," said Johnson.