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 »
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.
Did You Know?
The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude.