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 »
Certain activities within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway may require a permit. The most common activities that require a permit are Special Use, Bus, and Filming. Special Uses typically include, but are not limited to charity events, poker runs, and group bike rides. The use of commercial buses on the Parkway also requires a permit and starting October 1, 2008, the Parkway will implement a new cost recovery program for the issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA). Filming within the park may also require a permit, depending the nature of, and the extent of the filming. If your filming activity involves multiple vehicles, it may be considered a large filming activity and require a more extensive application. Please contact the Chief Ranger's Office below for questions concerning the requirements for this application.
All permits are issued from the Chief Ranger's Office, located in Tupelo, Mississippi. If you have questions about permits, please call 662-680-4014. Applications can be faxed to 662-680-4034. Applications may be mailed to:
Natchez Trace Parkway
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804
A construction permit must be obtained from the Natchez Trace Parkway before any construction activity can occur on Park lands within a deed reserved easement or right-of-way. This includes the installation of utilities and road construction. Please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 662-680-4025 with any questions about obtaining a construction permit.
Did You Know?
The Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) played a vital role in the preservation of the Natchez Trace by placing markers in each Mississippi county the old trace passed through.