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 »
Whether you are an avid birder, or new to the hobby, the Natchez Trace Parkway provides numerous opportunities to see and hear a variety of birds. Stop along any of our wooded nature trails, or near a stream or river to have your best chance of viewing a unique species.
Several of our pull-offs are noted for their quality birding opportunities. For wading birds try the Ross Barnett Reservoir, Ten-Tom Waterway, or Colbert Ferry. There you may spot a Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, or a Double-Crested Cormorant.
For songbirds it is hard to beat the Rocky Springs, Jeff Busby, Witch Dance, Donivan Slough, and Meriwether Lewis nature trails. Deep in these woods you may hear or spy a Bunting, Cardinal, Cedar Waking, or Scarlet Tanager.
Don’t forget to listen for the hollow drumming of our woodpeckers and sapsuckers tapping out a meal.
For raptors the skies are big at Chickasaw Village, Pharr Mounds, Water Valley Overlook, and Birdsong Hollow. Bald Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Mississippi Kites, and Kestrels have been spotted.
Check out our grasslands and experience the dance of the Killdeer, the never-ending song of the Whip-poor-will, or the whistled hoy of the Northern Bobwhite.
Hundreds of people visit Rock Spring every fall to witness the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feasting on jewelweed nectar. Featured on the North Alabama Birding Trail, both Rock Spring and Colbert Ferry provide excellent birding opportunities throughout the year.
You do not have to leave the roadway to happen upon a few birding opportunities. Turkey, Canada Geese, vultures, and hawks are often visible while driving. Drive carefully and this resource will be enjoyed by many to come. Download the birding checklist and discover a few of the 134 confirmed species of birds found along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Did You Know?
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.