• A curve along the Natchez Trace Parkway with fall colors

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  • Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)

    Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. More »

  • 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 »

For Kids

A Junior Ranger wears the fire gear during a special program.

A Junior Ranger wears fire gear and learns how to put out a fire during a special program.

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The entire family will enjoy traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway. Whether you spend a few hours, or a few days on the Parkway, kids will have fun exploring the Natchez Trace.

Both children and adults can stop to take some of the short walks along the Parkway. Family-friendly walks include Cypress Swamp, at milepost 122.0, Chickasaw Village, at milepost 261.8, and Rock Spring at milepost 330.2. At about 1/2 mile each, these short walks will get you out of the car and on the trail to explore a cypress swamp, a historic village, or Colbert Creek where hummingbirds are often seen in the fall.

All Ranger-led programs are open to families, and special Junior Ranger Programs are scheduled through-out the summer. Please check our Ranger-led program page for more information about upcoming programs and special events.

Did You Know?

Boatmen from the Ohio River Valley walked along the Natchez Trace.

The "Kaintucks", or boatmen from the Ohio River Valley, would walk approximately 500 miles from Natchez to Nashville along the Natchez Trace in about 30 days.