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    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 »

Environmental Factors

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The park exists within the overall environment.

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Every park is affected by environmental factors originating outside its boundaries. In the case of the Natchez Trace Parkway, this is even more true than usual. The park, while 444 miles in length, averages only 800 feet in width. Therefore, when areas beyond the park boundary are affected by a pervasive environmental factor, the park is in no way immune to the impacts. This is true whether we are talking about regional air quality issues, watershed contamination, rampant urban development, or the introduction of non-native species. If anything, sometimes these effects are noticed even more in a park setting, because we have come to expect national parks to be refuges from modern pollution in all its forms. By observing how factors present in the overall environment affect the quality of park resources, maybe we will be reminded of the need to protect our environment wherever we happen to be.

Did You Know?

Emerald Mound, Mississippi

Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.