Self-Guided Field Trips

a hiker hikes away on a trail covered in fall leaf color in a forest of changing seasons
A hiker ventures on a trail during the fall with trees changing color all around him.

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Teachers, Have You Thought About Planning Your Own Field Trip?

Self-guided field trips are an excellent way for teachers and school groups to get out and explore the park while being able to maintain their own schedule. While many teachers understandably request ranger programs for their trips there could be several reasons you may want to consider a self-guided field trip for your class. Sometimes limited staffing and a high volume of field trip requests mean not every school group can have this experience on their preferred visit date and time. For others our current educational program offerings may not meet your curricular needs. Whatever the reason organizing your own class field trip into the park is always a great option to consider. The following resources will help in planning your visit. If you need further assistance, please contact us.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo National Battlefield, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield and Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail are all fee free! You do not need an educational waiver.

  • Lead your own field trip with help from the park map!
  • Please keep group sizes under 35 participants to limit impact on other visitors and the resource.
  • Consider incorporating the Junior Ranger program into the lesson plan.
  • If you are going to a visitor center, please contact the rangers as far ahead of time as possible to let them know!

    - Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site milepost 385.9 near Hohenwald, TN call (662) 680-4053 or email us.

    - Parkway Visitor Center milepost 266 near Tupelo, MS, call (662) 680-4053 or email us.

    - Mount Locust Inn and Plantation Visitor Center, milepost 15.5 near Natchez, MS call (662) 680-4053 or email us.

  • Learn more background information about people, places and things to do around Natchez Trace Parkway.

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    Last updated: April 5, 2024

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    2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
    Tupelo, MS 38804


    800 305-7417
    The Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS, is open 9am-4:30pm seven days a week. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.

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