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 »
Mississippi Highway 6 Project Crossing the Natchez Trace Parkway Begins
On March 2, 2009, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began construction of the Mississippi Highway 6 crossing of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Hill Brothers Construction Company is the prime contractor and construction is expected to be completed near the end of 2011. When completed, this four-lane highway will pass under the Parkway at approximately MP 256.7.
Construction on the Parkway will extend from about MP 256 to 258. Shortly, a detour will be constructed parallel to the existing Parkway so that traffic flow can be maintained with minimal impact. However, the traffic flow on the intersections at Estes Road and on Bissell Road will be impacted to a much greater extent.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting MDOT’s Tupelo office at (662) 842-1122.
Did You Know?
The "Kaintucks", or boatmen from the Ohio River Valley, would walk approximately 500 miles from Natchez to Nashville along the Natchez Trace in about 30 days.