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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 »

Fire Education

Smokey Bear greets a student in her classroom.

Smokey Bear and two fire personnel greet a girl in her classroom. Classroom visits are important to teach young children about fire safety.

NPS photo.

Fire Education Programs and Events

The Natchez Trace Parkway participates in numerous fire education programs in the local community. Children learn about fire safety and the ecological importance of fire when firefighters visit area schools. During Fire Prevention Week (the second full week of October), the Parkway hosts school groups and visitors who explore a wildland fire engine, understand the proper way to extinguish a camp fire, and discover the intricacies of fire as a threat, a tool, and a friend. Occasional Junior Firefighter programs are also popular at the Parkway Headquarters. Park personnel, along with special guest Smokey Bear, make numerous appearances in parades and public events in the surrounding communities.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 662-680-4027.

Students visit a Parkway fire engine during Fire Prevention Week.
Students crowd around a Parkway fire engine during Fire Prevention Week.
NPS Photo.
A young visitor puts out "flames" while wearing some of the proper safety clothing.
A young visitor puts out cardboard "flames" with a real firefighting tool.
NPS Photo.

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.