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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 »


Eastern Box Turtle

The Eastern Box Turtle is one of 15 turtles found along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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The Parkway is home to over 40 different species of reptiles, including alligators, turtles, and snakes. While reptiles may not be as easy to spot as many of the mammal species of the Parkway, there are opportunities to see alligators at Cypress Swamp, or turtles along the numerous creeks and streams along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

There are 25 species of snakes that live along the Parkway, with only three of them being venomous (Southern Copperhead, Western Cottonmouth, and Canebrake Rattlesnake). While the chance of seeing a venomous snake is rare, visitors are encouraged to use caution when hiking and picnicking along the Parkway. Visitors should pay close attention to where they place their hands and feet. All wildlife, including venomous snakes, is protected along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Download a complete list of reptiles and amphibians of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Did You Know?

Dogwood tree along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.