Sequestration Effects on the Parkway
On March 1, 2013, the Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Click the link to learn about visitor center, restroom, and services impacts. 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 »
Education Programs near Ridgeland, Mississippi
A field trip to the Natchez Trace Parkway will provide an opportunity for your students to be immersed in Parkway resources, and have experiences that can not be replicated in the classroom. All field trips are free of charge, and are scheduled based on ranger availability. Please have alternate days ready when scheduling your trip. Bus parking and restrooms are available at the Parkway Information Cabin.
If a field trip is not possible for your class, a ranger may be available to visit your classroom. Popular classroom activities include a "Skins and Skulls" animal classification program from our second grade curriculum, or a "Meet a Ranger" program to learn more about what a Park Ranger does.
To schedule a field trip to the Parkway Information Cabin, at milepost 102.4, or to arrange for a ranger to visit your classroom, please call 601-898-9417, and talk with Sandi Kavanaugh or e-mail us here.
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.