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The Natchez Trace Parkway is not only a way to travel; it’s a destination in itself for anyone looking to get back to nature. “Getting back to nature” is proven to improve your health, and The Natchez Trace Parkway is the perfect place to enjoy the natural world.

With over 87 miles of walking & horseback riding trails, 21 campsites, and dozens of lakes, rivers and streams there are countless ways spending time among the natural wonders of the Natchez Trace can benefit your physical and emotional health:

Stress relief

Studies have shown that spending time in nature reduces cortisol levels, the “stress hormone,” and that those who spent time outdoors also had a decrease in heart rate. In fact, nature is so effective in reducing stress even just a view of nature was associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction among office workers.

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22840583)

Reduced inflammation

Inflammation has been linked to autoimmune disorders, depression and even cancer. But one study has shown that those who spent time among forests had lower levels of inflammation than those who spent time in cities.

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22840583)

Improved concentration

In one early study, researchers worked to deplete participants’ ability to focus. Then some took a walk in nature, some took a walk through the city, and the rest just relaxed. When they returned, the nature group scored the best on a proofreading task. The effects were so pronounced some have used nature therapies to help manage ADHD symptoms in children.

(Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0272494495900160)

Immune system boost

One study has found that “all of [our] findings strongly suggest that forest environments have beneficial effects on human immune function.”

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793341/)

Improved mental health

One study found that time in forests were specifically associated with decreased levels of anxiety and bad moods, and another found that outdoor walks could be “useful clinically as a supplement to existing treatments” for major depressive disorder.

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3393816/)

Mental and physical improvement with horses

Studies have shown that equine-assisted therapy can also be used for clients suffering from a broad range of mental and physical problems including trauma, stress, depression, relationship issues, emotional regulation, certain physical ailments, social anxieties, fears, confidence building, and self esteem.

Nestled in a natural landscape, Harmony Farm offers all the benefits of spending time in nature, including equine-assisted therapies. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax or to get out and explore all the joys of nature, Harmony Farm is the perfect place to experience the benefits of getting back to nature.

To learn more about the Farm and plan your visit click here.