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 Tackle Non-Native Kudzu Vine
Contact: Dr. Lisa McInnis, 662-680-4055
The National Park Service announces that contractors will be working to eradicate kudzu along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Clinton to Natchez MS. Visitors can expect to see workers spraying herbicide alongside the Parkway from milepost 0-90 during late September-early October.
Kudzu is an aggressive non-native vine that can completely overtake natural areas. The vine is native to Japan and China, and was introduced to the US in the late 1800's for erosion control. However, the lack of natural predators allows kudzu to grow unchecked, which in turn threatens native habitat. The Parkway treats approximately 50 acres of kudzu per year, and continues to reduce the total amount of kudzu on NPS land.
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?
The double arch bridge at milepost 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was completed in 1994 and received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design. The bridge rises 155 feet above the valley and eliminates the need for spandrel columns.