Sequestration Effects on the Parkway
On March 1, 2013, the Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Click the link to learn about visitor center, restroom, and services impacts. 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 »
Bicycling has become a popular activity on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The information found here will help you plan your trip. To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, bicyclists are encouraged to NOT use the following areas during heavy traffic periods: Clinton to Ridgeland, Mississippi, Milepost 87-103, from 7:00-9:00 a.m.and from 4:00-6:00 p.m.and Tupelo, Mississippi, Mileposts 258-268, from 7:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Please use the following to make your trip a success:
**Water is currently unavailable at the Tennessee Highway 50 bicycle-only campground when the restrooms at the Gordon House and Ferry Site are closed. Water is also unavailable at the Jackson Falls site when restrooms are closed. Both restrooms will be closed each Wednesday morning through Friday morning. The nearest water on the Parkway to the north is at Garrison Creek (milepost 427.6). The nearest water on the Parkway to the south is at the Meriwether Lewis Death & Burial Site (milepost 385.9). Water may be available in towns along the way. We are working to resolve this issue, and apologize for any inconvenience.**
**On March 1, 2013, the Natchez Trace Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. All bicyclists are encouraged to see how this may impact available restrooms, campgrounds, and visitor centers by clicking here.**
If you are planning an organized or group ride, a special use permit is required. If we can be of further assistance with your travel plans, especially as they pertain to the Parkway, please write or call us at 1-800-305-7417 or 662-680-4027.
We hope you will make the Parkway a part of your travel plans and that you will enjoy our colorful scenery, history, and southern hospitality.
Did You Know?
The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude.