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 »
Yockanookany Trail Map
West Florida Boundary Trailhead (Milepost 107.9)
The West Florida Boundary Trailhead is the southern terminus of the Ridgeland section of the National Scenic Trail. This parking area and trailhead are recommended for hikers only. Hikers may chose to walk a short loop on the nature trail or continue for 24.9 miles to the Yockanookany trailhead.
Highway 43 Trailhead (Milepost 114.9)
The Highway 43 Trailhead is a the only staging area on this section of National Scenic Trail. There is ample room for parking trailers, and water is available for horses to drink at this trailhead. Riders can travel north 16 miles to the northern terminus at Yockanookany, or south seven miles to the southern terminus at the West Florida Boundary. Exit the Parkway on Highway 43 and travel west. Turn left on Yandell Road, located just past the DAR marker. The trailhead will be on your left.
Cypress Swamp Trailhead (Milepost 122.0)
The Cypress Swamp Trailhead, open to hiking only, is located across the Parkway motor road from the Cypress Swamp site. Hikers can hike 14.1 miles to the West Florida Boundary, 8.9 miles to the Yockanookany Trailhead, or any distance they chose on this out and back trail.
Upper Choctaw Boundary (Milepost 128.4)
Hikers can access the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail from the short self-guided interpretive walk at the Upper Choctaw Boundary. This photo shows the interpretive walk on the left, and the Scenic Trail on the right. You are looking south toward the trailhead parking area.
Yockanookany Trailhead (Milepost 130.9)
The Yockanookany trailhead is the northern terminus the Ridgeland Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. This trailhead is open to hikers only, and provides them the option to create a day from one to twenty-fives miles each way. Hikers can continue 24.9 miles to the West Florida Boundary.
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.