• A curve along the Natchez Trace Parkway with fall colors

    Natchez Trace

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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 »

Animals

alligator

Alligators are found in warm, swampy habitats.

NPS photo

Animal life abounds in the park, from the worms that burrow underfoot, to the people whose feet are burrowed under. The reason that animals are found here in such abundance has to do with our name. Notice that even though most people travel through the park by car on a paved road, we are not called the "Natchez Trace Roadway". Rather, we are very deliberately called the "Natchez Trace Parkway", with emphasis on the "park". The Parkway includes not just the road and mowed shoulders, but a swath of property extending outwards an average of 400 feet in each direction. Being that the parkway is 444 miles long, this means that the park acts as a "greenway", or habitat corridor, for the myriad of animal species that inhabit this part of the country. However, since the paved parkway itself extends down the middle of this greenway, it is vitally important that drivers slow down and pay attention in order to avoid making road-kill of the park's creatures. Please help us by obeying posted speed limits while traveling within the park.

Did You Know?

Double arch bridge at mile post 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The double arch bridge at milepost 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was completed in 1994 and received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design. The bridge rises 155 feet above the valley and eliminates the need for spandrel columns.