Superintendent's Compendium of Regulations

CLOSURES AND PUBLIC USE LIMITS NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY

Under the provisions of Title 36, CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, the following compendium of closures and public use limits are established for the Parkway. Unless otherwise noted, these closures and use limits are in addition to the provisions contained in Parts 1-7 of Title 36, CFR. The specific authority for these regulatory procedures is found in Sections 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 of Title 36.In addition to these regulations, the following are provided:Written determinations that explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority as required by Section 1.5(c). They appear in this document as italicized print. Section 1.6(f) states that a list of those activities that require a permit must be maintained. That list appears in this document under 1.6.As required by 1.7(b), designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority shall be updated annually and made available to the public upon request.This document contains information on vehicle hauling and towing restrictions on the Parkway (pages 12-15).
Unmanned Aircraft:

The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device. It also includes the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

All-Terrain Vehicle:

The term All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) means any motorized vessels or conveyance manufactured for recreational, non-highway, off-road or all terrain use. ATVs would include, but are not limited to the following: four-wheelers, three-wheelers, UTVs, mini-bikes, dirt bikes, go-carts, scooters, etc.


Commercial Filming:

The term “commercial filming” means digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. Under P.L. 106-206 all commercial filming requires a permit and is subject to a location fee and cost recovery.

SECTION 1.5 CLOSURES AND PUBLIC USE LIMITS

(a)(1) The Tupelo Homestead areas (former residential areas near Parkway Headquarters) are closed to all public use except by permit.
For security purposes including loss prevention, employee safety, and visitor safety only authorized persons are permitted where signed.

(a)(1) Government owned facilities are for official use and where designated, parking is for authorized vehicles only. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
For security purposes including loss prevention, employee safety, and visitor safety only authorized vehicles are permitted where signed.

(a)(1)Vehicle parking along the Ross Barnett Reservoir shoreline (MP 105-114) is permitted from a distance 20 feet from the road edge to the water line. The shoreline may be closed to off road vehicle travel as conditions dictate.
Reservoir Shoreline Closures are to control erosion, prevent rutting and damage to turf during the rainy season and allow for natural recovery following heavy use periods. Vehicles must park at least 20 feet off the roadway to prevent rutting.

(a)(1) The following facilities and buildings are closed to picnicking:
All Natchez Trace Parkway maintenance areas
Meriwether Lewis Visitor Contact Station
Colbert Ferry Contact Station
Parkway Visitor Center Building
Chickasaw Village Site
Parkway Information Cabin (Ridgeland)
Mount Locust Historic House and grounds immediately surrounding the historic house
Rocky Springs Contact Station.
Picnicking is prohibited in the listed areas and inside listed buildings to prevent unsanitary conditions and interference with normal visitor and employee activities. Natchez Trace Parkway employees may have picnics in maintenance areas for special occasions, i.e., Holiday parties, retirement parties, Thanksgiving, etc.

(a)(1) Georgetown Cave is closed to the public.
In agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgetown Cave is closed because of its designation as critical habitat of an endangered species of gray bat: Myotis grisecens.

(a)(1) The Bailey Farm is closed except by special use permit.
The acquisition of the Bailey Farm and its future use is under study, planning, and design. Current use is limited to the agricultural lease program.

(a)(1) The Meriwether Lewis Ranger Station (former residential) is closed to the public from sunset to sunrise.
For security purposes including loss prevention, employee safety, and visitor safety only authorized vehicles are permitted where signed.

(a)(1) Areas of new construction and/or reconstruction and repair will be closed to the public, as posted.
Areas of new construction and rehabilitation, under certain conditions, are closed to protect the visitor from a chance of injury where heavy equipment is in use and conditions are not safe. The closures safeguard the equipment and supplies of the contractor.

(a)(1) All firearm ranges are closed to public; ranges are for law enforcement use only. The Natchez Trace Parkway does not allow firearm use.
For the safety of visitors and employees, ranges are closed to the public.

(a)(1) The interior of the Gordon House is closed to the Public.
This closure is to protect the structure from vandalism.

(a)(1) Visiting hours for the following areas will be sunrise to sunset, overnight parking is prohibited:
Ballard Creek Picnic Area
Battle of Raymond
Boyd Mounds
Brashears Stand
Brices Cross Roads Battlefield
Bynum Mounds
Chickasaw Village Site
Chickasaw Agency
Upper Choctaw Boundary
Confederate Gravesites and Old Trace
Cowles Meade Cemetery
Dean’s Stand Site
Emerald Mound Elizabeth Female Academy
Site I-20 Parking Area (MP 86.6)
Highway 43/Yockanookany Scenic Trail parking lots
TN -96 Double Arch Bridge and all parking lots
Hurricane Creek
Leipers Fork Maintenance area lot
Parkway Information Center (Ridgeland) parking lot
National Scenic Trail parking lot off Beech Springs Road
Regantown Road Horse Trail parking
Rocky Springs Town Site
West Florida Boundary
Witch Dance Picnic Area

The following areas are open from sunrise to 10:00PM to allow for star gazing.
Big Tree Overlook
Little Mountain Exhibit Shelter
Reservoir Overlook
Incidents of illegal activity have been recorded at many of these locations. These areas are closed at night to provide for security of archeological, historical, and cultural resources, and visitor safety.

(a)(1) Wooded areas adjacent to the following sites and designated parking areas will be closed to pedestrian use except on officially designated trails: Regantown Stand
Bear Creek Mound
Boyd Site
Brashears Stand
Bynum Mounds
Chickasaw Village Site
I-20 Turnout (MP 86.6)
Emerald Mound
Elizabeth Female Academy Site
Beech Springs Outdoor Classroom
Confederate Gravesites and Old Trace
Old Town Overlook
Mangum Mound

Off-trail travel is prohibited for public health and safety reasons and to protect natural and cultural resources. Incidents of illegal activity have been recorded at these locations: See appendix II for closure areas.

(a)(1) The Beech Springs Outdoor Classroom (Pharr) area is closed to the public except by special use permit.
The BSOC is available for use only by special use permit. Special authorized use of this area will provide health and safety benefits to visitors who need to use the facility for youth education purposes, allow for the management and protection of government property, and promote an environment for achieving the BSOC mission. The NPS is designated as a National Park Service (BSOC) National Environmental Study Area.

(a)(1) All man-made structures, including but not limited to buildings and bridges, are closed to the public for the purpose of climbing, rappelling, or any other similar activity.
Climbing and other similar activities are prohibited to prevent damage to structures and equipment on these structures, and to protect visitors from injury.

(a)(1) No motor vehicle shall be parked on the Natchez Trace Parkway for the purpose of providing the occupants access for hunting on adjacent land or water. No motor vehicle used for the purpose of hunting shall be parked on the Natchez Trace Parkway lands. This is in the interest of safety, protection of environmental values, protection of natural resources, and avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.

(a)(1) No motor vehicle shall be parked on, nor boat launched from, lands administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway for the purpose of commercial fishing and diving.
Parking and boat launching for the purpose of commercial fishing and freshwater mussel diving are prohibited since these vehicles must use park roads and facilities in the furtherance of a commercial operation.

(a)(1) Recreational sporting activities are prohibited on the following archeological sites unless authorized by the Superintendent: Emerald Mound, NPS Mound, Boyd Mound, Mangum Mounds, Chickasaw Village, Bynum Mounds, and Bear Creek Mound. These sites are closed from sunset to sunrise. All Natchez Trace Parkway American Indian sites are significant cultural resources. Recreational activities on the mounds are offensive to American Indians and may damage or degrade archaeological resources.

(a)(1) The use of all-terrain vehicles(Pharr), or similar devices are prohibited on all lands administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway, unless the device is being used for administrative, agricultural, or maintenance purposes as approved by the Superintendent. (Note: Some adjacent landowners and their heirs and assignees may have special access rights by law, easements, or deed reservations.)
Off road vehicle use is prohibited on the Natchez Trace Parkway road. ATVs, and similar devices, are manufactured for recreational, non-highway, off road, or all terrain travel and are not an appropriate use for a motor roadway. Off road use is also prohibited for the protection of natural and cultural resources; to prevent harassment of wildlife, habitat destruction, and to eliminate conflicts with visitors using allowed conveyances.

(a)(1) Recreational and non-recreational hauling regulations: Hauling associated with recreational activities is intended to include activities such as camping, boating, horseback riding, and ATVs use. Hauling of multiple pieces of recreational equipment on a single trailer is permitted provided the total vehicle and trailer length does not exceed 55 feet. Examples of recreational activities and their associated equipment that are authorized for hauling are antique vehicles (cars/trucks/tractors/carriages) and hot-air ballooning. Non-recreational hauling encompasses those activities that are not specifically recreational in nature. More commonly prohibited items hauled on the Parkway are household items, furniture, appliances, carpet, landscaping materials and/or equipment, and construction materials.
Parkways are not state, county, or metropolitan roadways serving local travel needs but rather protected interstate roadways traversing hundreds of miles of scenic and historical rural landscape. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a pleasure road and scenic byway through its entire length, and it is kept free of commercialization. Special regulations for the Natchez Trace Parkway are codified in 36 ATV 7.43. These regulations permit recreational use and hauling. Additionally, 36 CFR 5.6 restricts commercial vehicle use. Appendix I to the compendium provides a decision tree regarding hauling and vehicular use of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

(a)(1) Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
The compendium closures, required to implement this interim policy, are necessary to maintain public health and safety in units of the National Park System and to protect park resources and values until the CFR can determine whether specific uses of unmanned aircraft on land and waters administrated by the NPS are appropriate and will not cause unacceptable degradation of park resources and values. This closure, by the Superintendent, implements Section 1.5 of NPS Management Policies 2006, which provides that a new form of park use may be allowed within a park only after a determination has been made in the professional judgment of the Superintendent that it will not result in unacceptable impacts on park resources and values. When proposed park uses and the protection of park resources and values come into conflict, the protection of resources and values must be predominant.

(a)(1) Specific areas within the Natchez Trace Parkway may be closed to visitors or both visitors and employees by posting appropriate signs when, in the opinion of the Superintendent, there are conditions that warrant such a closure. These conditions may include, but are not limited to, extreme fire danger, fires, hazardous conditions, aviation operational needs, or construction. This determination is made for both visitor and employee safety.
The closure is to provide for visitor and employee safety and preclude interference with emergency and administrative operations by visitors.

(a)(1) Temporary closures may occur in areas where NPS or archeological excavations are being conducted or where public access may endanger sensitive paleontological or archeological resources.
This closure precludes interference with paleontological and archeological excavations by visitors.

(a)(1) Closure of visitor use areas (Campgrounds, trails, overlooks, interpretive stops along the Parkway, etc.) may occur when necessary by posting appropriate signs to mitigate resource impacts associated with overuse, misuse, environmental, or health and safety issues.
These closures may be required for resource and visitor protection. Examples of this type of closure include closing any trails for paleontological, closing buildings due to safety issues, closing of any trail or campsites due to flooding or hazard trees.

(a)(1) Horses may only be used on trails that are designated for horse use. Cross-country travel is prohibited. Four trails are currently approved for horse use: The Rocky Springs, revegetation, Yockanookany Prairie, and Highland Rim segments of the National Scenic Trail. In addition, access to Blackland National Forest is available at the Witch Dance pull off.
The use of horses outside of designated trails may result in damage to natural and cultural resources. The use of horses along the Parkway, except along designated sections of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is prohibited to ensure the safety of Parkway motorist.

(a)(1) Drivers of commercial passenger carrying motor vehicles are prohibited from idling their engines while parked at any park location for more than two minutes.
The noise and fumes caused by these engines severely impacts the natural experiences sought by many visitors.

(a)(2) People entering Parkway visitor centers and contact stations are required to be appropriately attired including wearing shirt and shoes.
To maintain a positive and comfortable environment for all visitors, a reasonable clothing standard must be established. Visitors are encouraged to wear clothing that is modest in nature in order to maintain a respectful visiting environment. The lack of shirt and shoes detracts from the overall environment of the visitor center and poses health risks.

(a)(2) Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:
1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented, or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
2. The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:
• Comfort Stations
• Interpretative Exhibits
•Trails
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
The Superintendent has determined that implementing mask-wearing requirements will protect the health and safety of Tombigbee employees, volunteers, partners and contractors, and park visitors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.


SECTION 1.6 PERMITS


(a) In accordance with 36 NPS 1.7, the following activities require special permits:
Research Specimens (Reference 2.5)
Scientific Research (Reference 2.5)
Overnight Camping outside of campgrounds (Reference 2.10(a))
Audio Disturbances in excess of limits (Reference 2.12)
Aircraft and air delivery (Reference 2.17)
Explosives (Reference 2.38)
Special Events (Reference 2)
Public assemblies, meetings (Reference 2.51)
Sale or distribution of printed matter (Reference 2.52)
Livestock use and agriculture (Reference 2.60(C.F.R.))
Scattering of Human Ashes (Reference 2.60(b))
Advertisements (Reference 5.1)
Business operations (Reference 5.3)
Commercial photography and filming* (Reference 5.5)

First Amendment Activities (Reference 2.51)
Permits will be specific in nature to the activity being permitted. In most cases, a special use permit or letter of authorization that is signed by the Superintendent and identifies the specific conditions under which the permitted activity is authorized will be prepared. In all cases, a permit or letter of authorization must always be in the b, Parts 1-7 and except section 1.5, need not be supported by a written determination unless required by the specific authorizing regulation.
See Appendix III for First Amendment sites.

*Commercial Filming: Generally, commercial photography and filming permits are not required for:
• A visitor using a camera and/or recording device for their own personal use and within normal visitation hours; and
• A commercial photographer not using a prop, model, or set, and staying within normal visitation hours; or
• Press coverage of breaking news. This never requires a permit but is subject to the imposition of restrictions and conditions to protect Parkway resources, public health and safety, and to prevent derogation of Parkway resources.

(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground may be collected for fuel and used in designated fire pits. Collection of wood shall be limited within Natchez Trace Parkway property to an area not more than 100 yards beyond campgrounds and picnic areas. Wood collected for fuel may not be removed from the campground or picnic area in which it is gathered. Visitors should follow state law for use of wood.
The collection and use of limited amounts of wood by manual means for use within the Parkway enhances the visitor experience. As this collection occurs around developed areas, the park benefits from the removal of fuels from areas typically protected from wildfire. Campers and travelers along the Parkway should use locally harvested (in- state) firewood to prevent the spread of pests within the state.

(c)(1) Gathering of fruits, berries, nuts, and pine straw by hand for personal use or consumption is permitted. It is limited to one gallon per person, per day, of the following edible fruits, berries, and nuts:
Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.)
Blackberries/raspberries/dewberries (Rubus spp.)
Grapes (Vitis spp.)
Elderberries (Sambucus spp.)
Cherries/plums (Prunus spp.)
Serviceberries (Amelanchier arborea)
Pawpaw (Asimina spp.)
Mayhaw (Craterous opaca.)
Mulberry (Morus spp)
Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana)
Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra.)
Hickory/pecan nuts (Carya spp)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

Two 30-gallon size trash bags per family/group per day of pine straw may be gathered by hand, as long as mineral soil is not disturbed.

Climbing trees to gather fruits and nuts is prohibited.

Collecting small quantities of edible berries, nuts, fruit, and pine straw specified herein causes no adverse impact on Parkway resources and increases the visitor experience. Taking of other plants, particularly when the entire plant is collected or uprooted, harms the species and is prohibited by regulations. Mushroom harvesting is only allowed under a federal research permit administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway.
(a)(2) Deer calls, turkey calls, audio attractants, or other artificial or natural means of attracting or disturbing wildlife (including but not limited to, rattling antlers, coyote, turkey, duck, goose calls, or verbal imitations) are prohibited.
Intentional disturbing of wildlife may adversely affect wildlife behavior (i.e. breeding and mating rituals, feeding habits, travel patterns/routes) possibly causing stressful and/or disruptive conditions for wildlife. Using calls can cause wildlife to leave foraging and mating areas and attract them to the roadway where they are more likely to become injured or killed. They may also become unnatural prey if artificially attracted out of cover.

(d) Lawfully taken game may be transported on the Natchez Trace Parkway provided it is concealed from view.
Lawfully taken game may be transported on the Natchez Trace Parkway if concealed from public view since many hunters travel the Parkway as the most pleasing and direct route from their home to the areas where they hunt. Also, there are numerous crossings where county and local roads cross Parkway lands.

(e) All Natchez Trace Parkway lands are closed to the viewing of wildlife with an artificial light.
Viewing wildlife with an artificial light is prohibited to minimize disturbing of wildlife and deter poaching.
(d)(2) Fishing regulations within the waters of the Natchez Trace Parkway are regulated by state laws. Possessing or using live bait for fishing in fresh waters is permitted in accordance to applicable state law provided the bait is not gathered on Natchez Trace Parkway land or waters.
Fishing licenses issued by the States of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee are valid on all Parkway waters, in accordance with memoranda of concurrent jurisdiction with all states.
(a) Camping in designated campgrounds is limited to 14 consecutive days in any one campground and 30 days total for a calendar year. Primitive camping not in designated sites may be allowed under certain conditions set by the Superintendent.
Only two pets are allowed in a campsite and must be on a leash, not exceeding six feet, or physically confined.
Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days to assure a greater turnover and to allow the campground vegetation to recover.

(a) Camping is allowed for bicyclist and long- distance hikers at the below listed bike only campgrounds. Camping is limited to two consecutive days per campground and is restricted to through bicyclist and hikers only.
Shady Grove
Colbert Ferry
Beech Springs Outdoor Classroom
Witch Dance
Kosciusko Welcome Center
Due to limited availability and space, camping is restricted to two consecutive days to allow for turnover. Primitive camping outside of designated areas is allowed with approval of the Superintendent by permit for people on long-distance hiking and bicycle trips due to extreme distances between campgrounds. Permits are only necessary if bicyclist or hikers will be camping outside of designated campgrounds. Permits may be obtained through the Ranger Activities Office.
(g) The loading and unloading of horses and pack animals is permitted only at designated horse trailheads. A list of trailheads can be found on the Parkway website.
At unloading areas, spilled manure or fresh excrement must be placed in the trailer or scattered on non-paved surfaces at least 100 feet from the area.
Loading and unloading horses in areas other than horse trailheads causes natural resource damage. Manure or excrement can attract insects and create hazards in parking lots.

All equine transported to, or ridden on, any park trail shall be accompanied by either the original or a copy of an official negative test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) (aka “Coggins test”) administered within the previous 12 months.
Proof of such test must be provided upon request.

A valid “Coggins Test” certificate is required, by state law, in each state by the owners of a horse or pack animal. All equine brought to, passing through, or ridden on any park trails, road shoulder, or any park lands shall be accompanied by either the original or a copy of a negative test certificate for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or “Swamp Fever” or “Coggins” state requirements are a test within 12 months (6 months for Tennessee).This, pursuant to state law, is to stop the spread of EIA and other infectious diseases from livestock.

Only certified weed-free pellets and cubes, but no hay may be taken into and used on park equestrian trails. It is recommended that pack animals be fed weed-free feed for 48 hours in advance of entering the Parkway.
The requirement that only processed feed be carried into the backcountry is intended to prevent the introduction or spread of non- native vegetation.

If an animal dies within the Parkway, it will be the owner or responsible person’s responsibility to remove the carcass from the park or make arrangements for its proper disposal as soon as possible.
Horses and stock are considered property and are the responsibility of the owners to remove from Parkway property.
Horses and stock may not be tied directly to trees.

The requirement to tether or picket stock is to prevent damage to live trees or shrubs and is intended to protect the root system, bark, and foliage from excessive damage that can occur if livestock is left restrained in one area for an extended period.
In-line skating, non-motorized scooters, skateboards, and similar devices are permitted on designated multi-use trails from the Reservoir Overlook (Milepost 105.6 to Milepost 96)in the Jackson-Clinton area only.
The Natchez Trace Parkway Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail is designed for a variety of recreational activities, which separates visitors from high volume motor vehicle traffic on the Parkway. In accordance with 36 CFR 2.20 Skating and 4.30 Bicycles, and the Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail Environmental Assessment Study, designated recreational uses in this developed area include cycling, walking, jogging, skating, skateboards, and non-motorized scooters.
Horseback riding and the use of motorized vehicles are prohibited. The use of personal transportation vehicles (e.g. Segway, motorized wheelchairs, and similar devices) are permitted to be used by persons who fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For safety purposes these devices are required to travel at a walking pace.
(a)(2) Upon notification to the Superintendent, visitors on extended hikes, bicycle rides, or boat tours, are permitted to leave vehicles unattended for the duration of their trip. The Superintendent may authorize the leaving of unattended property and vehicles for other authorized purposes.
Visitors on authorized biking and hiking trips on the Parkway are permitted to leave vehicles unattended due to length of time required for trips. These visitors are required to notify park management of their vehicle location and estimated length of parking. The Parkway is not responsible for the vehicles or their contents.
(b)The following areas are closed to swimming and bathing:
Colbert Ferry
Coles Creek
Jackson Falls
Colbert Ferry is closed due to periodic water quality concerns. Coles Creek is closed due to several drownings that have occurred at that location. Jackson Falls is closed to prevent resource damage and enhance safety.
(c) The speed limit on the Natchez Trace Parkway is 50 miles per hour (mph.) except as posted.
The maximum speed limit set forth by 36 C.F.R. in National Park sites is 45 mph except where this speed is unreasonable. The design of the Parkway allows for safe speed in excess of 45 mph, except where otherwise posted.

(c) The speed limit on the Natchez Trace Parkway is reduced to 30 mph. when workers are present.
The reduced speed limit is necessary to provide safety for Parkway employees who perform maintenance services when immediately adjacent to the Parkway or Parkway access roads. Signs must be posted notifying the public of the reduced speed limit and possibility of workers being present.
 
A series of prohibited comercial trucks
Some prohibited vehicles
Appendix I
Vehicle Hauling and Towing Restrictions
• Trucks over one ton rated capacity are prohibited
• Vehicles that display company logos are considered to be in connection with a business and are prohibited.
• Hauling associated with recreational activities to only include camping, boating, andATV use are permitted.
• Hauling of multiple pieces of recreational equipment on a single trainer ispermitted providing total vehicle and trailer length does not exceed 55 feet.
• Hobby activities such as antique vehicles (car, tractors, etc.), hot-air ballooning, and similar activities are considered recreational activities and are permitted.
• Non-recreational hauling encompasses those activities that are not specificallyrecreational in nature and are prohibited.
• Farm and lawn equipment are prohibited except as authorized by Special Use Permit as part of the agricultural lease program.
• Hauling of household items, furniture, appliances, carpet, landscaping materials and/or equipment, and construction materials are some of the more commonly transported items that are prohibited on the Parkway.
Requirements for Towing Trailers
• Towing vehicle and trailer are 55 feet in length or less. Vehicles in excess of 55 feet in length cannot safety negotiate curves on the Parkway without exiting their own lane of travel.
• Enclosed utility trailers are 5 feet by 8 feet or less.
• Trailers shall be equipped with taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.
• Trailers must display license plates according to state of registration.
• Empty trailers are prohibited.
• Only one trailer or vehicle may be towed by another vehicle at any time.
Requirements for Towing Vehicles
• Towing vehicle and towed vehicle are 55 feet in length or less
• Steel tow bar mounted through the use of a towing receiver with retainers and safety chains are required.
• All towed vehicles must be equipped with taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.
• No commercial vehicles are allowed.
• Only one trailer or vehicle may be towed by another vehicle at any time.
 
Aerial photos of the closures are found at NPGallery and are representative of the areas that are closed and should not be considered as scale drawings. All wooded areas in the below described use areas are closed except on maintained park trails or public roadways.
 
Photos and descriptions of the First Amendment Areas can be viewed at NPGallery.

Last updated: April 2, 2021

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