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 »
Laws and Policies
The laws enforced on the Natchez Trace Parkway are contained in two documents:
In addition, regulations pertaining specifically to the Natchez Trace Parkway are contained in the park's Compendium of Regulations.
Any firearm that is prohibited by State or Federal law is prohibited on the Parkway.
Mississippi State Law Synopsis (Mile Post 1-310)
Alabama State Law Synopsis (Mile Post 310-344)
Tennessee State Law Synopsis (Mile Post 344-444)
Individuals must be in possession of the permit or license at all times while in possession of a concealed handgun in Alabama and Tennessee. Effective July 1, 2010 in Mississippi, the possession of a handgun permit is required when in possession of a concealed handgun outside your vehicle.
Did You Know?
Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.