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 »
Things To Do
Visitors can enjoy the Parkway through a variety of activities and special events. Camping, biking, and Ranger led programs are among the most popular activities but hiking, horseback riding, and fishing are also available. There are special events that occur throughout the year that feature demonstrations and celebrate many aspects of American culture. Check our schedule of events for upcoming programs.
Don't forget that for some, the "thing to do" along the Natchez Trace Parkway is to relax and let the explorer in you take you to places that you may not have otherwise visited. Either the mystery of the mounds in Mississippi, the beauty of the waterfalls in Tennessee, or a summer rain shower in a cypress swamp could be the memory that stays with you after your time on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
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.