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    Natchez Trace

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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 »

  • Ammendments to the Superintendent's Compendium

    Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. More »

Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway 2012

The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2011-2012. From October 2011 through September 2012, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway (See table below).

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

Big Tree Vista

439.4

Chickasaw Village

262.0-261.4

MP 404 Burn Pile

404.4

Blackbelt Restoration

252.4-251.7

MP 401 Barrens

401.0

Chickasaw Council House

250.0

Fall Hallow

391.9

Cogongrass 246.9

246.9

ML Hiking Trails South

385.9

Trace East-North

243.2-245.9

MP 386 Burn Pile

385.6

Chickasaw Agency

241.6-240.9

MP 334 Burn Pile

334.0

MP 231 Burn Pile

231.2

MP 309 Burn Pile

309.5

MP 219 Burn Pile

219.1

Tishomingo State Park

304.9-303.6

Holly Hill

154.5

Highway 25 Access Island

303.6-302.7

Lease Tract 3M-42, 3M-44

148.8-148.6

Pharr Mounds

287-286.5

MP 148 Burn Pile

148.4

Highway 371 Access Island

282.6-282.1

Myrick Creek

145.2

Confederate Gravesite

269.5

MP 120 Burn Pile

119.5

Highway 363 Access Island

270.9-270.6

Rocky Springs Burn Pile

54.8

3C-2 Lease Tract

266.9

MP 17 and 18

20.0-16.8

Needs Center

266.7-265.1

MP 17 Burn Pile

17.0

Headquarters

266.4-265.5



Prescribed fire is a useful and cost effective tool for managing the forests and grasslands that encompass the Parkway. The benefits of using prescribed fire include reducing the buildup of dead woody material, decreasing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, perpetuating fire dependent vegetation, reducing exotic vegetation, providing habitat and forage for animals, and restoring the natural role of fire in a healthy ecosystem.

During prescribed fire operations, smoke warning signs will be placed along the Parkway as a precaution. Motorists should travel at a safe speed with headlights on when smoke is visible. Please be aware of park rangers, firefighting personnel, and equipment along the roadway and mow line. If visibility falls below 500 feet, the Parkway may be temporarily closed until smoke has cleared. Some smoke may be visible for several days after initial prescribed fire operations have ended.

The Parkway has been utilizing prescribed fire since 1992. Direction to utilize prescribed fire to achieve goals and objectives comes from the Parkway's Resource Management and Fire Management Plan. The Federal Wildland Fire Policy of 2001 recommends that federal land management agencies within fire dependent communities continue to reintroduce and maintain fire as part of the ecosystem.

Did You Know?

Meriwether Lewis Monument, Natchez Trace Parkway, Tennessee

Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he died on the Natchez Trace in 1809, at Grinder's Stand in Tennessee. A monument was erected in his honor in 1848 and can be seen along the Natchez Trace Parkway today.