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September 17, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Temporary Road Closure in Colbert County, Alabama
CHEROKEE, AL: Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that repairs on the Parkway near Cherokee, Alabama will begin on September 23, 2014 and will require the closure of the Parkway from US 72 to Pike Road for repairs to the roadway embankment at milepost 322.8. The closure will be in effect between milepost 320.4 and milepost 326.3. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2014.

September 15, 2014
The Natchez Trace Parkway recognized the contributions of long-time seasonal employees to the operation of the Parkway. Seasonal employees join the National Park Service’s workforce during the busiest time of the year to augment the efforts of permanent employees.

June 23, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Begins Repairs to Parkway Bridge, Town Creek, Lee County, Mississippi
Due to repairs on the Town Creek bridge near Tupelo, MS, visitors may expect short delays and one-lane traffic.

March 13, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Visitation for 2013 is Released
The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in recreational visits in 2013 despite the Government shutdown. More than 6.01 million people used and visited the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013, which is up from the 5.56 million people on the Parkway in 2012. This made the Natchez Trace Parkway the eighth most visited National Park Service site.

November 08, 2013
Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Jane Farmer Receives the National Freeman Tilden Award
Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Jane Farmer has received the 2013 National Park Service Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence, the highest award a National Park Service Ranger can receive.

October 31, 2013
Mary Risser Selected as Superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway
Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announces the selection of Mary Risser, a 32-year career employee of the National Park Service (NPS), to serve as superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile long scenic byway crossing three states and headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. Risser is currently on assignment as Acting Deputy Regional Director and Chief of Staff for the Intermountain Region of the NPS until the end of November. She has served as the superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah for the last nine years. Risser will start her duties the middle of December.

September 25, 2013
Natchez Trace Parkway to Tackle Non-Native Kudzu Vine
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.

February 13, 2013
Portion of National Scenic Trail Closed near Tupelo, MS
A section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail near Tupelo, MS will be closed for a period of two years. The Blackland Prairie trail will be closed between Old Town Creek and milepost 264.8.

March 01, 2012
Partnership to Bring War of 1812 to Life
The Natchez Trace Parkway, the 7th US Infantry Living History Association, and the Natchez Trace Parkway Association have joined together to bring living history demonstrations of War of 1812 events to the public.

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.