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 »
US Fish and Wildlife Image
As a 444-mile long National Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway provides a safe corridor for wildlife to move between neighboring National Forests, State Parks, and other public lands. The diversity of the 33 confirmed mammal species along the Parkway is outstanding. While traveling on the Parkway, visitors may see mammals on the move, especially around dawn and dusk. Deer are quite common, but a lucky traveler may have a chance to see a coyote, fox, or armadillo. While black bear have been confirmed on the Parkway, due to their large habitat requirements, a bear sighting is extremely rare.
For those interested in seeing mammals at a slower pace, a short walk on a nature trail will provide an opportunity to get off the roadway and see things that many visitors miss.
Did You Know?
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.