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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 »


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Date: September 22, 2010
Contact: Dr. Christina E. Smith, 662-840-7560

MS,AL, TN: The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Yocona Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The grant was made possible through the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative (LMDI). The BSA will use the grant to create a pioneering program at Camp Yocona, the council camp which serves 12 counties in northeast Mississippi. Through the program, Scouts will be able to study and experience various pioneer activities such as blacksmithing, Native American and folk pottery, period arts and crafts, music, native plants and animals, ecology, and regional history. The program will also enable Scouts to earn merit badges in metal working, music, rifle (black powder), and American Heritage.

"The Boy Scouts play an important role in shaping youth education and connecting them to the outdoors," said Superintendent Cameron Sholly. "We are proud to continue our partnership with this great organization."

If you would like more information regarding the pioneer program, please contact Mitch Johnson at 662-842-2871.

To learn more about the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative, please contact Dr. Christina E. Smith at e-mail us or 662-840-7560.

Did You Know?

The Sunken Trace at mile post 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The "Sunken Trace" at milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was caused by thousands of travelers walking over the easily eroded loess soil.