Historic Markers Across Alabama

Colbert Ferry

Marker ID:  
Location: On the Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 327.3), one mile north of N. Pike (County Road 21).
County: Colbert
Coordinates: N 33° 50.277    W 085° 56.536
  33.83795    -85.94226666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


This scene would have occurred far below the surface of the lake you see now. From 1802 to 1819, George Colbert operated a ferry across the quarter-mile breadth of the powerful Tennessee River. The ferry carried mail, militia, settlers, Indians and renegades over what was considered by many travelers as the worst natural obstacle on the Trace.

National Park Service

End of Colbert Ferry