• A curve along the Natchez Trace Parkway with fall colors

    Natchez Trace

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  • Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)

    Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. 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 »

  • Ammendments to the Superintendent's Compendium

    Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. More »

Getting Around

The Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 9.

Driving the Natchez Trace Parkway provides spectacular scenery from Natchez to Nashville.

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The most popular way to see the Natchez Trace Parkway is by car. All travelers should be aware of the following precautions when traveling.

  • Speed limit is 50 mph, unless otherwise posted
  • The Parkway is a designated bike route. Motorists are reminded to watch for bicyclists on the Parkway.
  • Watch for park wildlife, especially around dusk and dawn.
  • Travel is not advised at night, or during severe weather (heavy rain, ice, sleet, snow, strong wind)
  • The Parkway does occasionally close during hazardous weather.

Recreational vehicles (RVs) are another popular way to see the Parkway. The length restriction for RVs is 55 feet, including a tow vehicle, and the height restriction is 14 feet. Most stops along the Natchez Trace Parkway are accessible to RVs, with the exception of those marked "no circular drive".

Another method of travel along the Natchez Trace Parkway is by bicycle. If you are interested in learning more about bicycling the Parkway, please visit our bicycling pages.

There are numerous access points to the Parkway including major highways. Popular access points include:

  • Liberty Road, off of Sergeant Prentiss Drive in Natchez, Mississippi (Southern Terminus)
  • Highway 61 just North of Natchez, Mississippi
  • Interstate 20, near Clinton, Mississippi
  • Interstate 55 in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Highway 82, near Starkville, Mississippi
  • Highway 6 in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Highway 78 in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Highway 72, near Cherokee, Alabama
  • Highway 64, near Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  • Highway 96, near Franklin, Tennessee
  • Interstate 40 west of Nashville, to exit 192, McCrory Lane (Northern Terminus)

Visit our maps page, to download the Parkway map with these and other access points to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Did You Know?

Dogwood tree along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.