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 to Rehabilitate Ridgeland Crafts Center
Contact: Dale Wilkerson, 662-680-4006
This facility, originally constructed in the late 1950s, was used for many years by the Mississippi Craftsman Guild. Since construction was completed on the Guild's new facility on Rice Road, the building has remained unoccupied.
The rehabilitation work will restore the facility to its original purpose as a visitor contact station. Major elements of the work will include establishment of a staffed interpretive exhibit area, creation of a sales outlet for Eastern National Parks and Monument Association--the official sales partner of the National Park Service--and renovation of the restroom facilities.
Work will begin the week of May 18, when the restrooms will be closed. Portable-use facilities will be provided for the public for the duration of the project. The renovation effort is scheduled to be completed in late June.
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.