Photo by Thomas Wells, NESM Journal
Park partners help the Natchez Trace Parkway complete projects, educate the public, and preserve the Parkway for future generations.
The Natchez Trace Compact, is an organization comprised of communities along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Their mission is to promote travel along the Parkway and exploration of the adjacent communities. A link to their Visitors Guide can be found on their website.
The Natchez Trace Parkway Association was founded in 1934 to mobilize the effort to create the Natchez Trace Parkway. The completion of the parkway road in 2005 achieved a major goal. Today the Association is focused on completion of the visitor amenities, interpretation and programming to complete the park portion of the parkway.
Eastern National Parks and Monuments Association is a private, non-profit organization that provides quality educational products and services to park visitors. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the Natchez Trace Parkway to support interpretive and educational programs. We have used these funds for special events and interpretive programs and supplies.
With the help of State Parks, the Army Corps of Engineers, and US Forest Service we are able to provide additional recreational opportunities to our visitors.
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides college and high school students with hands-on opportunities in the field of conservation, while assisting the Natchez Trace Parkway with trail projects.
The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MHNHA) represents a distinctive cultural landscape shaped largely by the dynamic intersection of Appalachian and Delta cultures, an intersection which produced a powerful concentration of nationally-significant cultural icons. Lasting contributions to our country's musical and literary legacies were forged by Hills natives Elvis Presley, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Howlin' Wolf, and Tammy Wynette.