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
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.
February 1, 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, February 1, 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.
February 15, 2014 Junior Ranger Program
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Disappearing Act," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will learn all about animal camouflage through hands-on activities.
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.
March 1, 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, March 1, 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
March 15, 2014 Night Hike
Join a park ranger on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 6:30p.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.
March 22, 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, March 22, 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?
Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.