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 »
The Natchez Trace Parkway was established as a unit of the National Park Service in 1938 to commemorate the historic travel route known as the "Natchez Trace." Completed in 2005, the Parkway is 444 miles in length, covers 52,289 acres, and averages 800 feet in width. Download our Fact Sheet to learn more about the history of the Parkway, and see other "numbers" of the Park.
Visitation statistics for the Natchez Trace Parkway, and all other National Parks can be found at the National Park Service Public Use Statistics web site.
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.