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 »
Natchez Trace Parkway between Old Canton Road and Rice Road Reopened
Contact: Craig Stubblefield, 662-680-4004
According to the National Park Service, the 1.5 mile portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway from Old Canton Road (milepost 103.5) to Rice Road (milepost 105) near Ridgeland/Madison, Mississippi, was reopened at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, October 2,2006. The Parkway in this area was closed to permit the replacement of the Parkway bridge over Old Canton Road. The bridge replacement was needed to accommodate the widening of Old Canton Road by the cities of Ridgeland and Madison, Mississippi. The temporary access from the local Post Road to the Parkway that was required to facilitate the construction detour is currently being removed, as planned.
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.