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 »
The Natchez Trace Compact
In an ambitious effort to promote visitation to the communities located on either side of the historic route, the Natchez Trace Compact, Inc. was formed in 1999.
Initially composed of five Mississippi cities - Natchez, Jackson, Ridgeland, Kosciusko and Tupelo, the Compact has now added the Mississippi cities of Port Gibson, Raymond, Clinton, and French Camp, the Alabama cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, and the Tennessee cities of Nashville, Franklin, Leiper's Fork, Hohenwald, Collinwood, and Brentwood. Additional communities in each of the states will be added to the Compact as the program's outreach expands.
In addition to the above cities, the state Tourism offices of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are Compact members as well and work together to ensure a strong marketing partnership. The organization operates under a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the organization and the National Park Service.
Logo courtesy of Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.
The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MHNHA) represents a distinctive cultural landscape shaped largely by the dynamic intersection of Appalachian and Delta cultures, an intersection which produced a powerful concentration of nationally-significant cultural icons. Lasting contributions to our country's musical and literary legacies were forged by Hills natives Elvis Presley, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Howlin' Wolf, and Tammy Wynette.
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.