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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 »

Ranger-Led Activities and Events in the Tupelo Area

A visitor learns to make a basket with a demonstrator from the Tombigbee Pioneer Group.

A visitor learns to make a basket with a demonstrator from the Tombigbee Pioneer Group.

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There are numerous special events that take place in the Tupelo area throughout the year. Have you ever wanted to practice playing a dulcimer or learn how early pioneers survived in the wilderness surrounding the early Natchez Trace? Come during one of the park’s Dulcimer Days or Pioneer Days and practice your skills!

You may also choose to join a park ranger and explore parts of the original Trace, or learn more about the many American Indian mounds found along route of the modern Parkway. Discover the world of boatmen and bandits, Chickasaw and Choctaw, and forest and wildlife. Ranger programs are always free; schedules and topics vary by season. Please call 1-800-305-7417 for more information on ranger-led activities.

 

June 2014

June 7, 2014 Dulcimer Day

A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States. Dating back to the early 1800s, the dulcimer is an instrument whose very name means "sweet sound." The National Park Service and the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association invite everyone to listen to the soft sweet sounds of the dulcimer and learn of its extensive history.

June 7, 2014 Prairie Walk

Join a Park Ranger for a Prairie Walk on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 9:00 am at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi). This one-hour program will guide visitors through Mississipi's Blackland Prairie and will include plant identification and ecology. Visitors are encouraged to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

June 21, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Sensory Overload," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will use all of their senses to learn about wildlife along the Natchez Trace.

This program is free of charge. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, just north of Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call the visitor center at 662-680-4027, or 1-800-305-7417.

June 28, 2014 Pioneer Day

The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed, by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.

The public is invited to watch pioneer lifestyle activities that often include basket-making, spinning, weaving, knitting, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Leatherworking and mountain dulcimer demonstrations are usually offered throughout the day. Children are invited to participate by dressing up in pioneer clothes and trying these activities firsthand. This program is free to the public.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417.


 

July 2014

July 5, 2014 Dulcimer Day

A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States. Dating back to the early 1800s, the dulcimer is an instrument whose very name means "sweet sound." The National Park Service and the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association invite everyone to listen to the soft sweet sounds of the dulcimer and learn of its extensive history.

July 12, 2014 Campfire Program

Join a Park Ranger for an evening campfire program at the Beech Springs Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30. Hear stories of the Natchez Trace and share your own as we gather around the campfire. Meet the Park Ranger at the parking lot for the Blackland Prairie section of the National Scenic Trail, milepost 266 across the Parkway from the Parkway Visitor Center.

This program is free to the public. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please call 1-800-305-7417.

July 19, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Picture This," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will explore the park and learn some basics of photography. Junior Rangers should bring their own camera.

This program is free to the public. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please call 1-800-305-7417.

July 26, 2014 Pioneer Day

The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed, by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.

The public is invited to watch pioneer lifestyle activities that often include basket-making, spinning, weaving, knitting, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Leatherworking and mountain dulcimer demonstrations are usually offered throughout the day. Children are invited to participate by dressing up in pioneer clothes and trying these activities firsthand. This program is free to the public.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417.

Did You Know?

The view from Little Mountain, one of the highest points along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude.