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 Restrictions at the Natchez Trace Parkway
Contact: Shawn K. Nagle, 662-680-4028
Due to elevated forest fire danger, the Natchez Trace Parkway has imposed a ban on all ground and charcoal fires within the jurisdiction of the Natchez Trace Parkway in the states of Alabama and Mississippi. Containerized fuel type stoves continue to be authorized for use in designated camping and picnic areas.
As of October 14, 2010, both the states of Mississippi and Alabama have put in place state wide burn bans due to very high or extreme fire dangers. Weather forecasts and fire indices indicate the elevated fire danger will remain for an extended period of time.
The state of Tennessee has not issued a burn ban as of October 14, 2010, therefore, ground and charcoal fires are permitted in the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Did You Know?
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.