Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Be A Junior Ranger
Kids ages 6 and up can become a Junior Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway by completing the activities in the Junior Ranger Activity book. By completing activities like word searches, walking on a section of the Old Trace, or asking a park ranger about their job, kids will learn more about the Natchez Trace Parkway and move closer to earning their Junior Ranger badges.
Junior Ranger booklets can be picked up at one of our four visitor centers. Please click here for locations and updated hours.
If you'd rather, you can download a copy of the booklet here to start your activities as soon as you get on the Parkway. Completed booklets can be returned to any of the above locations.
Did You Know?
Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he died on the Natchez Trace in 1809, at Grinder's Stand in Tennessee. A monument was erected in his honor in 1848 and can be seen along the Natchez Trace Parkway today.