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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 »

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.

 

August 2014

August 2, 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, August 2, 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.

August 16, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Mammal Masquerade" a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will unmask the mysteries of mammals on the Natchez Trace Parkway, and make their own animal mask to take home.

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.

August 23, 2014 Photography Program

To celebratethe 98th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Natchez TraceParkway will offer an interactive photography program at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 near Tupelo, Mississippi) on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. This one-hour program is open to all ages and all ability levels; beginner photographers are welcome. Bring your digital camera and join a ranger to learn the basics of landscape photography and practice these skills. For those without cameras, some one-time-use cameras may be available. Visitors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, and bring insect repellent.

On August25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law legislation creating theNational Park Service. The National Park Service was directed "to conserve thescenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and toprovide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as willleave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

This eventis free to the public. For additional information, please call: 662-680-4027,or visit our web site at www.nps.gov/natr.

August 23, 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, August 23, 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.

August 30, 2014 American Indian Tools Display

Pat Arinder will display replicas of prehistoric American Indian tools at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.The presentation will contain examples of prehistoric American Indian stone tools,including knives, spears, bow and arrows, atlatls, grinding stones, and a bowdrill. Mr. Arinder will share information about the tools with visitors and the replicas will be available for hands-on interpretation. Mr.Arinder has studied Early American and American Indian cultures for over 40 years, and has assembled a large collection of stone tools to lead living history programs.In addition to workingwith school groups, he has also shared his talents as a volunteer interpretive historian with the National Park Service at the Natchez Trace Parkway for the past eighteen years.This event is free to the public.The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at Milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi.For additional information, please call the visitor center at: 662-680-4027 or1-800-305-7417.

 

September 2014

September 6, 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, September 6, 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.

September 6, 2014 Night Hike

Join a park ranger on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi) for a Night Hike.This one-hour program will give families the unique opportunity to walk on a paved nature trail at night.Visitors will use all of their senses to discover more about some of the animals that make the park come alive after the sun sets. A flashlight and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.

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

September 20, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Whose Track is That," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will look for signs of wildlife and make their own plaster track to take home.

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

September 27, 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, September 27, 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.

September 27, 2014 Hernando de Soto Encampment

To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, September 27, 2014.The encampment will be set up outside the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, visitors can learn about Hernando de Soto's interactions with the Chickasaw Indians along the historic Natchez Trace during the winter of 1540-41.

The living history encampment will also be available for local schools on Thursday and Friday, September 25th & 26th. Space is limited, and interested classes should contact the Parkway Visitor Center to make reservations.

National Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to honor the contributions of Hispanic Americans and to celebrate the cultural traditions of our Hispanic American community.

This program is free to the public. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please call 1-800-305-7417.

Did You Know?

Meriwether Lewis Monument, Natchez Trace Parkway, Tennessee

Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he died on the Natchez Trace in 1809, at Grinder's Stand in Tennessee. A monument was erected in his honor in 1848 and can be seen along the Natchez Trace Parkway today.