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 »
Volunteers with the Tombigbee Pioneer Group set up their encampment and help visitors understand the pioneer lifestyle through hands-on activities.
Volunteers play an integral role in the operations of the Natchez Trace Parkway. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available to match your interests.
Campground Hosts: Volunteers stay in one of three campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway and provide information to campers. You will work closely with park rangers to keep visitor statistics, report maintenance issues, perform light clean-up duties, and report violations. Required time commitment: One month.
Interpretive Operations: Volunteers work along side park rangers to provide visitor services at Parkway Visitor Centers and Contact Stations. You will answer routine questions, give directions, respond to visitor requests on the phone and in person. If interested, you can develop your own programs, or present pre-established programs to the general public or visiting schools. Required time commitment for an RV site with full hookups: One person volunteers at least 32 hours per week, two people volunteer at least 24 hours each per week.
The Mount Locust Site currently has volunteer positions available for the months of May, August, September, and October 2012.
Tombigbee Pioneer Group: Volunteers provide living history demonstrations to the public on the fourth Saturday of each month in Tupelo, Mississippi at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center.
North Mississippi Dulcimer Association: Volunteers teach dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing their knowledge and talents with the general public. Multiple times per year, volunteers play at the Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, Mississippi.
Teachers, both active or retired: Volunteer to write or share exciting lesson plans, develop resource materials, or help with field trips.
For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-305-7417 or send an e-mail here.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
The Mount Locust Inn and Plantation, dating back to the 1780's, is one of the oldest original structures along the Natchez Trace Parkway.