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 »
National Park Service Announces Details of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project at the Meriwether Lewis Historic Site
Contact: Dale Wilkerson, 662-680-4005
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the details of a $3.2 million project for rehabilitation of the historic Meriwether Lewis site near Hohenwald, Tennessee, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The funding will be used by the National Park Service to improve the visitor experience at the site while also addressing backlog maintenance and deteriorating infrastructure issues.
This major undertaking at the 900-acre developed site will include a wide range of improvements including rehabilitation of the interpretive cabin, new interpretive and wayside exhibits along with new directional and informational signage, rehabilitation and modernization of site utility systems, renovation of visitor use facilities for universal accessibility, and improvements to roads and site parking.
"This project will enable the National Park Service to address its deferred maintenance backlog while providing an opportunity to significantly improve the educational opportunities at the burial site of one of our greatest American heroes, Meriwether Lewis” said Parkway Superintendent Cameron Sholly.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year gave $3 billion to the Department of the Interior. Under ARRA, Interior is making an investment in conserving America's timeless treasures – our stunning natural landscapes, our monuments to liberty, the icons of our culture and heritage – while helping American families and their communities prosper again.
Preliminary site work on the rehabilitation projects has already begun with full project work beginning by spring of 2010.
Did You Know?
The Mount Locust Inn and Plantation, dating back to the 1780's, is one of the oldest original structures along the Natchez Trace Parkway.