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 »
Jackson to Tupelo
This portion of the Parkway map will help you plan your visit from Jackson to Tupelo.
Image by Marc Muench
The Ross Barnett Reservoir parallels the parkway for about eight miles, and provides spectacular scenery from the roadway. Those interested in spending more time in the area may enjoy starting at walk from the West Florida Boundary at milepost 107.9, or taking in the views at the Reservoir Overlook at milepost 105.6.
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The Little Mountain Overlook at Jeff Busby can be reached by a short drive to one of Mississippi's highest points along the Parkway. While the gas station at Jeff Busby has recently closed, the picnic area, campground, and overlook are still available.
**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. Impacts to the Jeff Busby Site include:
The Chickasaw Village Site is an archeological site at milepost 261.8 that represents the village that once occupied the area. While there are no structures standing today, there is an outline of a Chickasaw winter home, summer home, and fort. A short nature trail gives more information on native uses of plants in the area. This site also allows access to the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail for those interested in longer walks.
Did You Know?
The "Sunken Trace" at milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was caused by thousands of travelers walking over the easily eroded loess soil.