Tennessee River Bridge (MP 327.4-MP 329) Closure for Repairs 12/11/13
The Tennessee River bridge will be closed on Wednesday, 12/11. The closure should not exceed 2 hours. All motorists will be stopped and given a detour map. The detour is about 47 miles long and will add over 1 hour to travel time. Click "More" for maps. 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 »
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?
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.