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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 »

Natchez Trace Parkway Lowers Speed Limit in Sensitive Amphibian Habitat

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Date: December 1, 2011
Contact: Dr. Lisa McInnis, (662) 680-4055

The National Park Service, Natchez Trace Parkway, announces a lowered speed zone on a two- mile section south of Interstate 20 in Hinds County, MS.In this area, there is habitat for many species of salamanders and frogs, including the state-imperiled Webster's salamander (Plethodon websteri).During rainy nights in the December-March breeding season, dozens of amphibians are killed by cars every night as they attempt to cross the Parkway.In order to increase the ability for these species to cross unharmed, a reduced speed limit of 35 mph at night, when raining, will be in effect.

The NPS is working in concert with volunteer efforts by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, as well as Millsaps and Mississippi Colleges to protect amphibian species.A lowered speed limit improves safety for these volunteers, as well as for passing amphibians.See http://www.nps.gov/natr/naturescience/slow-down-for-salamanders.htm for more information.

The Natchez Trace Parkway upholds the mission of National Park Service to conserve natural resources in such a manner as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.

Did You Know?

Emerald Mound, Mississippi

Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.