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 »
Potkopinu (Pot-cop-i-new), the southernmost section of National Scenic Trail, is only three miles long, but it is the longest stretch of "sunken" historic Trace remaining. Named for the Natchez Indian word meaning "little valley," this trail has some embankments over twenty feet high.
Horses are not permitted on the Potkopinu section.
Be prepared: there are several stream crossings, which vary in depth depending upon recent rainfall.
Road 553 Trailhead (Milepost 20)
This trailhead is the larger of the two for Potkopinu. Vehicles may be parked parallel to the road.
Milepost 17 Trailhead
This trailhead has room for several cars, but it is not receommended for recreational vehicles.
Did You Know?
The National Trails System Act of 1968 identified the Natchez Trace as one of the initial 14 routes nationwide thought to have potential as a national scenic trail.