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August 07, 2017
Multi-Use Trail Temporary Closure in Ridgeland
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that the biking and walking trail from the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland, Mississippi (milepost 102.3) to Old Canton Rd (milepost 103.4) is closed for repairs. The closure is necessary to perform spot reconstruction on sections of the trail. The trail will be re-opened as soon as repairs are completed. The closure is anticipated to last through mid-September.

May 05, 2017
Junior Ranger Program: "Boatmen of the Natchez Trace"
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Boatmen of the Natchez Trace,” a special Junior Ranger program held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 am. Did you know in the early 1800s men would walk over 500 miles of the Old Natchez Trace? Boatmen, men from the Ohio River Valley, would float down the Mississippi River on barges, sell their goods in Natchez, and then walk home on the Natchez Trace. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover what these men might have carried on their journey home. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but all ages are welcome.

January 17, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers Ticket Motorists for Road Closure Violations
On January 7, 2017, a winter storm with snow and ice caused dangerous driving conditions on the Natchez Trace Parkway. After rangers worked a 3-car motor vehicle collision on a treacherous hill, the National Park Service decided to close the Parkway from milepost 355 to milepost 370 to protect life and property. Under the United States Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR §1.5 Closures and Public Use Limits, the Superintendent has the authority to close sections or all of a National Park to protect the visitors, wildlife, employees, or resources.

December 05, 2016
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin December 17, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Natchez Trace String Band, a small group of local acoustic musicians, will fill the cabin with the sounds of traditional folk, country, and bluegrass music. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a few minutes, or bring a chair and stay awhile.

September 16, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association October 1, 2016
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

September 12, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway State of the Park Report
The State of the Park report captures the current state of affairs for the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway). This report summarizes and communicates the overall park conditions for natural and cultural resources, infrastructure, and visitor experience in a concise way for the public. Its purpose is to provide visitors and the public a snapshot of the park priority resources and values and highlights park stewardship activities. “The report also identifies key issues and challenges the Parkway faces for management planning,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser.

September 09, 2016
natchez trace parkway celebrates national hispanic heritage month 2016
To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The encampment will be set up outside of the Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, visitors can learn about Hernando de Soto’s interactions with the Chickasaw along the historic Natchez Trace during the winter of 1540-41.

September 09, 2016
Saturday Programs at the Parkway Visitor Center
Summer is over, the kids are back in school, but the Natchez Trace Parkway is still a great place to have a little weekend fun. The Parkway is pleased to announce that the summer Read with a Ranger program will continue throughout the year. Read with a Ranger is a 45-minute program that is most appropriate for ages six and under, but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story, participate in a fun activity, and go on an optional quarter-mile hike. The program features a different story on the second Saturday of the month whenever possible.

September 09, 2016
July Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released
“During July 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 525,501 visitors used the Parkway during June 2016 compared to 516,654 who were counted in 2015. These numbers continue to put the Natchez Trace Parkway on track to be among the top 10 most visited National Park Service sites.”

September 06, 2016
Junior Ranger Program “River Crossing: Design a Ferry”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “River Crossing: Design a Ferry,” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway visitors center on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:00 am. How did travelers on the Old Natchez Trace - settlers, armies, and their livestock - cross wide rivers before bridges were built? Join a park ranger for this 45-minute hands-on program to discover how ferries operated and how essential they were to 18th century travelers along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Following the program, get creative and design your own ferry. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

September 02, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Natchez Trace Parkway encourages all fourth graders to visit the park this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide for a year. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and get more information.

August 30, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Reports Motorcycle Collision with Fatality
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, at approximately 1:26 p.m., the Natchez Trace Parkway Communications Center received notification of a single motorcycle collision near milepost 410, near Duck River, TN. U.S. Park Rangers, Maury County Sheriff and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded.

August 26, 2016
Read with a Ranger "Big Night for Salamanders"
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy “Big Night for Salamanders” as part of the Read with a Ranger program. The program starts at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Parkway Visitor Center. Read with a Ranger is a new 45-minute program that is most appropriate for ages six and under but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story, participate in a fun activity, and go on an optional quarter-mile hike. The program features a new story on the second Saturday of the month.

August 17, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Initiates Public Comment Period on an Environmental Assessment and Wetland and Floodplain Statement of Findings for the Chickasaw Heritage Center Access Road
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and wetland and floodplain Statement of Findings (SOF) that analyze the impacts of construction of an access road (milepost 262, Lee County, Mississippi).

August 17, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Trees Have Families, Too”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Trees Have Families, Too” a new Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program and play leaf bingo to learn how to recognize tree families such as oak and maple by the shapes of their leaves. Participants will also find out how people and animals depend on the trees that live along the Natchez Trace Parkway. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

August 12, 2016
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center August 27, 2016
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on August 27, 2016. The demonstrations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to around 1840.

August 05, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents “Animal Masquerade” Junior Ranger Program on August 20, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Animal Masquerade,” a special Junior Ranger program at the Parkway Visitor Center at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover how animals along the Natchez Trace depend on each other for survival. Participants will create a mask of their favorite Natchez Trace animal. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

August 02, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway – Bicyclist Struck by Motor Vehicle in Hit and Run – Update: Suspect Jason Dwayne Perkins – ARRESTED
Scout County Deputies arrested Perkins on August 1, 2016. Rangers transferred him to the Madison County Detention Center.

July 29, 2016
Volunteers at Mount Locust Find Their Park and Earn Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins
Volunteers Mark and Marge Hoecker recently completed a two-month tour serving as volunteer interpretive guides at the Mount Locust Historic House and Plantation. The Hoeckers volunteered over 200 hours, earning them each a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin. For the Hoeckers, volunteering at Mount Locust offered their first opportunity to explore the Natchez Trace Parkway.

July 29, 2016
Read “Under One Rock” with a Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Under One Rock.” Children will listen to the story and then explore the hidden world of bugs, slugs, and other creatures that live under rocks. They will learn about tiny animal communities found not only along the Natchez Trace Parkway but also in their own backyards.

July 28, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway – Bicyclist Struck by Motor Vehicle in Hit and Run – Update: Arrest Warrant Issued for Jason Dwayne Perkins
Rangers and Ridgeland Police Department identified Jason Dwayne Perkins, 42, of Lena, MS as the driver of the vehicle who left the scene. The Madison County Justice Court issued an arrest warrant for Perkins on the following charges: · Leaving the Scene of an Accident · Reckless Driving · Failure to Give Three Feet When Passing A Bicyclist · Providing False Information · Causing a Vehicle Crash with a Bicyclist

July 26, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway – Bicyclist Struck by Motor Vehicle in Hit and Run
On Monday, July 25, 2016, at 8:53 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched to a collision involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist on the Parkway just north of the Boyd Site (milepost 107). Amy Biernat (44), of Brandon, MS, was riding her bicycle north on the Parkway when she was struck by a white Nissan sedan. Because of the impact, Biernat suffered several injuries and was transported to Baptist Hospital. The Nissan did not stop and was later found abandoned approximately 1.5 miles north along the Parkway. National Park Service Rangers and the Ridgeland Police Department are investigating the incident.

July 26, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Beavers: Making a Splash Junior Ranger Program
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Beavers: Making a Splash” a special Junior Ranger program held at the parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 10:00 am. Beavers are incredible animals that can turn the tiniest stream into a flooded wetland, creating their own habitat. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to learn how beavers are perfectly adapted for this difficult job and make your own craft beaver to take home. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

July 15, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Beak Knows Best Junior Ranger Program
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Beak Knows Best,” a special Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 am. Whether it’s long or short, skinny or fat, wide or thin, a bird’s beak can tell you a lot about the bird itself. Join a park ranger at the for this 45-minute program to learn how you can determine what a bird might eat just by looking at its beak. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

July 15, 2016
Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released
“During June 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 525,501 visitors used the Parkway during June 2016 compared to 516,654 who were counted in 2015. These numbers continue to put the Natchez Trace Parkway on track to be among the top 10 most visited National Park Service sites.”

July 15, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Plants for Pollinators
The Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) partnered with local volunteers, Tupelo Public Schools Summer Environmental Camp participants, and Dr. JoVonn Hill from the Mississippi State Entomological Museum, to plant 6500 native wildflower and grass seedlings near the Black Belt Overlook interpretive area last month.

July 14, 2016
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center July 23, 2016
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on July 23, 2016. The demonstrations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to around 1840.

July 06, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Who Made That? Junior Ranger Program
he Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Who Made That?” a special Junior Ranger program held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger at the Parkway Visitor Center for this 45-minute program. Discover how animals leave unique signs that let you know who lives along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Everyone will play games to learn how to identify animal tracks and other signs of animals. Junior Rangers will use paint to decorate a bandanna with animal tracks; children should be sure to wear paint-friendly clothes. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

June 24, 2016
"Pitter Patter" Read with a Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy “Pitter Patter” as part of the Read with a Ranger program. The program starts at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266. Read with a Ranger is a new 45-minute program that is most appropriate for ages six and under, but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story, participate in a fun activity, and go on an optional quarter-mile hike. The program will feature a new story on the second Saturday of the month through September.

June 11, 2016
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center June 25 2016
The public is invited to participate in pioneer lifestyle activities that often include crafting baskets, spinning, weaving, making corn husk dolls, leather working, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Mountain dulcimer demonstrations are usually offered throughout the day. Children are invited to dress up in pioneer clothes and participate in craft activities.

June 03, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Fish Printing Junior Ranger Program
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Fish Printing,” a special Junior Ranger program held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover some of the fish that live in the water along the Parkway. Following the program, get creative and make your own colorful fish art using paints, paper, or your own T-shirt. Participants must provide their own plain T-shirt to decorate. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

May 25, 2016
"Brave Little Raccoon" Read with a Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy “Brave Little Raccoon” as part of the Read with a Ranger program. The program starts 10:00 am on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Parkway Visitor Center. Read with a Ranger is a new 45-minute program that is most appropriate for ages six and under, but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story, participate in a fun activity, and go on an optional quarter-mile hike. The program will feature a new story on the second Saturday of the month through September.

May 20, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Participates in Click It or Ticket
The Natchez Trace Parkway will join state and local law enforcement agencies in supporting an aggressive national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. Signs reminding the public to wear their seat belts have been placed along the Parkway for the duration of the campaign. Targeted enforcement on seatbelt violations will run from May 23 to June 5, 2016.

May 20, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association Saturday, June 4, 2016
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

May 17, 2016
Fourth Grade Students Explore the Natchez Trace Parkway
On Friday, April 22, 2016, fourth grade students from Highland Elementary School visited the Natchez Trace Parkway to celebrate National Park Week at the Parkway Information Cabin. Over 200 students participated in this Every Kid in a Park opportunity. The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect fourth-grade students with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come. The program is an important part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

May 13, 2016
Battle of Ackia Commemoration and Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, May 28, 2016
The Chickasaw victory over the French at the Battle of Ackia, near modern-day Tupelo, prevented the further expansion of the French, and eventually led to their defeat during the French and Indian War.

May 10, 2016
April 2016 Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released
“During April 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 514,979 visitors used the Parkway during April 2016 compared to 509,178 who were counted in 2015.”

May 10, 2016
"Boatmen of the Natchez Trace" Junior Ranger Program at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Boatmen of the Natchez Trace,” a special Junior Ranger program held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 am. Did you know in the early 1800s men would walk over 500 miles of the Old Natchez Trace? Boatmen, men from the Ohio River Valley, would float down the Mississippi River on barges, sell their goods in Natchez, and then walk home on the Natchez Trace. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover what these men might have carried on their journey home. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but all ages are welcome.

May 02, 2016
Read with a Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center Saturday, May 14, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy a “Noisy Bird Sing-Along” as part of the Read with a Ranger program. The program starts at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Parkway Visitor Center. Read with a Ranger is a new 45-minute program that is most appropriate for ages six and under but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story, participate in a fun activity, and go on an optional quarter-mile hike. The program will feature a new story on the second Saturday of the month from April through September.

May 02, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Reports Three Killed when a Truck Collides with Motorcycles
On Friday, April 29, 2016, at 5:55 p.m., the Natchez Trace Parkway Communications Center received notification of a serious collision that had occurred between a pickup truck and two motorcycles near milepost 47 just south of the Rocky Springs Campground. Initial reports stated that one individual was a possible fatality. U.S. Park Rangers, Claiborne County EMS, Claiborne County Sheriff Office, and the Claiborne County coroner responded to the scene. Upon arrival of medical personnel, the two motorcycle riders, both residents of Kenton County Kentucky, and one occupant of the pickup truck, a resident of Vicksburg, Mississippi, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

April 22, 2016
Junior Ranger Program and Dulcimer Day Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy “Animal Masquerade,” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 am. There are all types of animals, big and small, that call the Natchez Trace Parkway home. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover how animals depend on each other for survival. You will also be able to make an animal mask of your favorite Natchez Trace animal. This program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

April 22, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Tourism Creates $136 Million in Local Economic Benefits in 2015
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,785,813 visitors to Natchez Trace Parkway in 2015 spent $136 million in communities near the park, which supported 1,849 jobs in the local area. Because the Parkway extends through three states, the NPS has calculated that 80% of the spending is in Mississippi, 13% in Tennessee, and 7% in Alabama.

April 22, 2016
National Park Service Units Create $194 Million in Economic Benefits for the State of Mississippi
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 6,359,648 visitors to National Park Service units in 2015 spent $194 million in communities in Mississippi. That spending supported 2,795 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $205 million.

April 18, 2016
Celebrate National Park Week at the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland
April 16 to 24, 2016 is National Park Week. In celebration of this event and the National Park Service Centennial, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a Centennial Celebration at the Parkway Information Cabin on April 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Enjoy live music by Trace Traditions from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, see a Dutch oven cooking demonstration, and make a fun craft to take home.

April 15, 2016
Junior Ranger Program at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Nature Bingo,” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Do you like nature and learning about the world we live in? Do you like playing bingo? Then join a park ranger for this 45-minute program. See if you can get Nature Bingo while walking with your family while exploring the Beech Springs Nature Trail. The trail is a quarter mile long. This program is ideal for children 7 to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

April 15, 2016
Junior Ranger Program April 30, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Nature Bingo,” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Do you like nature and learning about the world we live in? Do you like playing bingo? Then join a park ranger for this 45-minute program. See if you can get Nature Bingo while walking with your family while exploring the Beech Springs Nature Trail. The trail is a quarter mile long. This program is ideal for children 7 to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

April 08, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates National Park Week with a BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival
The Natchez Trace Parkway will host a BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and National Park Week occurs April 16 to 24, making the BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival a great opportunity to kick off NPS Centennial celebrations. In addition, National Park Week is about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea–the national parks!

April 08, 2016
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center April 23, 2016
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on April 23, 2016. The demonstrations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to around 1840.

April 07, 2016
Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released March 2016
“During March 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 491,630 visitors used the Parkway during March 2016 compared to 484,650 who were counted in 2015.”

April 01, 2016
Read with a Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy “The Prairie that Nature Built” as part of the Read with a Ranger program at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Read with a Ranger is a new 45-minute program at the Parkway that is most appropriate for ages six and under but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story, participate in a fun activity, and go on an optional quarter mile hike. The Read with a Ranger program will feature a new story on the second Saturday of the month from April through September.

March 24, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Receives the Southeast Region’s First Chief Ranger Excellence Award
Natchez Trace Parkway Chief Ranger Sarah Davis has received the Southeast Region’s first award to recognize performance excellence among chief rangers. The Southeast Region encompasses about 66 parks that range in size from large national parks to smaller historic sites.

March 22, 2016
Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released February 2016
“During February 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 435,680 visitors used the Parkway during February 2016 compared to 414,844 who were counted in 2015.”

March 22, 2016
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway Hernando de Soto milepost 244
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway and the US Forest Service plan to conduct a prescribed fire at Hernando de Soto on March 23, 2016. The Hernando de Soto prescribed fire will help reduce hazardous fuel loadings and restore the open woodlands that were historically present. The prescribed fire is located at Hernando de Soto milepost 243.2-245.9

March 21, 2016
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway Chickasaw Village Site milepost 262
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct a prescribed fire at Chickasaw Village on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The Chickasaw Village prescribed fire will help reduce hazardous fuel loadings and restore the native black prairie.

March 18, 2016
Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association April 2, 2016
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

March 18, 2016
Prescribed Burning at Hernando de Soto
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway and the US Forest Service, plans to conduct a prescribed fire at Hernando de Soto between the dates of March 18-19, 2016. The Hernando de Soto prescribed fire will help reduce hazardous fuel loadings and restore the open woodlands that were historically present.

March 11, 2016
Pioneer Day the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center March 26, 2016
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on March 26, 2016. The demonstrations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to around 1840.

March 11, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates Women’s History Month with a Program by the Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution
Mary Stuart Chapter Regent Ms. Alice Jennings and Ms. Patricia Miller of the Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will present a program on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center

March 08, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Access Road to Connect the Parkway to a Planned Chickasaw Cultural Heritage Center
he National Park Service is seeking public comment on its plan to conduct an environmental assessment of a proposed direct access road connecting the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) to a Chickasaw cultural heritage center. The new center would be developed on land adjacent to the Parkway property near the Chickasaw Village site at milepost 262 in Tupelo, MS. Additional access routes were considered but dismissed, as the proposed alternative provides the safest visitor access with the least impact to natural and cultural resources. The proposed route is approximately 400 feet in length and 24 feet wide. Archeological surveys will be conducted to ensure preservation of any unknown cultural resources. Furthermore, consultation with tribal, federal, and state agencies will be conducted in compliance with applicable laws protecting natural and cultural resources.

February 26, 2016
Work to Begin on Parkway Bridge over TN 412
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has contracted with Jamieson Construction, LLC to begin work on the Parkway bridge over TN 412 (milepost 391) in Lewis County, Tennessee the week of February 29, 2016. This work includes repairs to cracks, and deck seal and rail replacement. The project should be completed by late fall 2016.

February 26, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

February 26, 2016
Volunteers Help with Restoration on the Rock Spring Trail
Volunteers from the Alabama Chapter of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association and Boy Scout Troop #284 assisted the Natchez Trace Parkway with a project to conduct stream bank stabilization along the Rock Spring trail in Alabama.

February 24, 2016
Pioneer Day the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, Saturday 2/27
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on February 27, 2016. The demonstrations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to around 1840.

February 19, 2016
January 2016 Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released
“During January 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 464,284 visitors used the Parkway during January 2016 compared to 470,262 who were counted in 2015.”

February 09, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway has $368.7 million in deferred maintenance – part of the $11.49 billion deferred maintenance backlog across the National Park System
The National Park Service (NPS) this week released its Fiscal Year 2015 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks. The $11.9 billion nationwide total was up from the $11.49 billion reported at the end of FY2014. Of the nationwide total, the Natchez Trace Parkway has a backlog of deferred maintenance projects that totals $368,729,866.

February 05, 2016
Availability of Wetland and Floodplain Statement of Findings for Chester Mills Road Bridge Replacement
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a wetland and floodplain Statement of Findings (SOF) that analyzes the impacts of replacing the bridge on Chester Mills Road over McCurtain Creek (milepost 187, Choctaw County, Mississippi). The purpose of the project is to replace the bridge to comply with current bridge safety requirements. This SOF documents compliance with Executive Orders 11988, 11990 and 13690, which govern protection of wetlands and management of floodplains.

February 05, 2016
Controlled Burning at Colbert Ferry East
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct the Colbert Ferry East prescribed fire between the dates of February 6 and February 13, 2016. The Colbert Ferry East prescribed fire will help reduce fuel loading around park facilities, and restore the open woodlands that were historically present.

February 05, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Controlled Burn at Tishomingo State Park
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct the Tishomingo State Park prescribed fire between the dates of February 8 and February 12, 2016. The Tishomingo State Park prescribed fire will help reduce fuel loading around park facilities, and restore the open woodlands that were historically present.

February 05, 2016
Suspects in Missing Woman Case Captured on Parkway
On January 14, 2016, a 1994 Jeep was stolen from the Jeff Busby Campground located at mile marker 193 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Mathiston, MS. On February 4, 2016, U.S. Marshalls out of Oxford MS, contacted Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers stating that two fugitives, now associated with the stolen Jeep, were believed to be on the Parkway in Tennessee. The fugitives were identified as Walter Rentz and Linda Blehar. Information provided by the U.S. Marshalls stated that Rentz was wanted for questioning on a missing person case out of Ohio, and Blehar was wanted for a parole violation out of Kentucky.

January 29, 2016
Dulcimer Day February 6, 2016
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi

January 27, 2016
Controlled Burning Choctaw County
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct the Little Mountain prescribed fire at the Jeff Busby visitor use area on January 29 and January 30, 2016. The Little Mountain prescribed fire will help reduce fuel loading around the campground and visitor use areas, and restore the open woodlands that were historically present.

January 25, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Reopens the Information Cabin
Natchez Trace Parkway officials are pleased to announce the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland, MS will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Parkway visitors can discover Choctaw history and culture, pick-up Natchez Trace Parkway maps and information, purchase books or patches in the Eastern National Sales outlet, and talk with volunteers.

January 25, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway to Show Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Film Never Lose Sight of Freedom
Justice and equality for all does not always come easy. Non-violent marches and demonstrations that engaged deeply committed men, women, and children were essential to the success of the 1960s Civil Rights movement across America. During Black History Month in February, in remembrance of that struggle for justice and equality, the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center will host an informative photo display and the documentary film Never Lose Sight of Freedom.

January 21, 2016
Winter Weather Advisory January 21, 2016
A traveler advisory is in effect for the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway from Hwy 64 around Collinwood, TN (milepost 378) to Nashville, TN (milepost 444).

January 14, 2016
November and December Visitation Numbers Released
“During November and December 2015, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits over the 2014 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, an average of 437,309 used the Parkway during November and December 2015 compared to 440,424 who were counted in 2014.”

December 16, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Partners with the NASA Develop Program
The Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) has partnered with the NASA Develop program on a project to address questions involving past, current, and future wetland conditions.

December 15, 2015
October 2015 Visitation Numbers Released
“During October 2015, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits over the 2014 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 518,523 used the Parkway during October 2015 compared to 523,467 who were counted in 2014.” The continued drop in numbers is attributed to faulty traffic counters located in the high traffic areas in Raymond, Ridgeland, Kosciusko, and Tupelo, MS. The Parkway continues to work with the office that collects the data to correct the problem with the traffic counters.

December 08, 2015
U.S. Attorney and U.S. Park Ranger Receive Traffic Safety Awards
On December 4, 2015, United States Attorney Robert Mims from Oxford, MS and National Park Service Supervisory Park Ranger John Hearne from the Natchez Trace Parkway each received a national level award from the National Park Service Traffic Safety Coalition.

December 07, 2015
Tupelo High School Seniors and the Natchez Trace Parkway Work Together to Discourage Distracted Driving
Natchez Trace Parkway staff members recently partnered with three Tupelo High School (THS) students on a senior culmination project designed to raise awareness of the consequences of distracted driving. Senior culmination project group members, Dilan Patel, Ricardo Ungo, and Caroline Harris, mentored by Park Ranger Melanie Sander, created a public service announcement (PSA) which encourages motorists to avoid texting while driving.

December 02, 2015
Single Vehicle Collision with Fatality December 2, 2015
On December 2, 2015, at approximately 06:40 a.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Communications received notification of a Cadillac striking a tree near milepost 127. U.S. Park Rangers, Attala County Deputies, Madison County Deputies, Farmington Fire, and the Madison County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

November 24, 2015
Dulcimer Day-Saturday December 5 2015
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

November 20, 2015
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway November 2015
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct two prescribed fires (controlled burns) on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The Tockshish prescribed fire will help to restore native black prairie and reduce vegetation along the parkway boundary that could burn in a wildfire

November 20, 2015
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center-November 2015
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on November 28, 2015.

November 20, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Reports Single Vehicle Collision with Fatality
On November 19, 2015, at approximately 5:45 a.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Communications received notification of Ford Festiva striking a tree near milepost 360. U.S. Park Rangers, Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Wayne County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

November 18, 2015
Conservation Corps Groups Provide Services at Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway has hosted the Southeast and Southwest Conservation Corps (Corps) for the last four weeks as they served the Parkway and local community. Inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel has encouraged all national parks to put America’s youth and returning veterans to work protecting and restoring our public lands.

November 13, 2015
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct the Lakeside prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Lee County, MS on Monday, November 16, 2015. The Lakeside prescribed fire will help to restore native black prairie and reduce vegetation along the parkway boundary that could burn in a wildfire. The prescribed fire is located at milepost 260.

October 22, 2015
Burn Restrictions in Mississippi
The Natchez Trace Parkway has placed burn restrictions on all open fires effective immediately. The restrictions correspond with the fire restrictions put in place by a Proclamation State of Emergency Ban signed by the Governor of Mississippi. Due to elevated forest fire danger, the State of Mississippi has imposed a ban on all burning activity including: campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, burn barrels, debris burning, field burning, and any other ground fires. The ban affects the Natchez Trace Parkway from the southern terminus milepost 0.0 to the Alabama state line located at milepost 309. Areas of the Parkway, located in Alabama and Tennessee, are not affected as of October 22, 2015.

October 16, 2015
Pioneer Day October 24, 2015
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on October 24, 2015. The presentations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.

October 06, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day
This year, National Public Lands Day volunteers participated in several activities including seed collection, litter pick up along trailheads and streams, and repairs to trails along the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. Parkway staff and volunteers removed over 20 bags of the invasive non-native Japanese stiltgrass. Under the direction of resource managers, volunteers also cleaned and reconstructed 1.1 miles of trails and handpicked thousands of flower seeds including those from Eastern Gamagrass, Bundleflower, Black-eyed Susan, Prairie Coneflower, Prairie Dock, and Prairie Clover to use for prairie restoration along the Parkway in 2016.

September 25, 2015
Dulcimer Day
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

September 11, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Visitation Numbers for July and August
“During July and August 2015, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits over the 2014 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, an average of 517,046 used the Parkway during July and August 2015 compared to the average of 523,502 who were counted in 2014.”

September 11, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Seeks Volunteers to “Lend a Hand for Public Lands” During National Public Lands Day
Natchez Trace Parkway invites organized groups and individuals interested in helping preserve public lands to volunteer, learn, and have fun through participation in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26th. One third of America’s land is in public hands, so come and help to preserve and protect it!

September 11, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The encampment will be set up outside of the Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, visitors can learn about Hernando de Soto’s interactions with the Chickasaw along the historic Natchez Trace during the winter of 1540-41.

September 04, 2015
Public Comment on Environmental Assessment of Trail Connector to MS Craft Center
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, seeks public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) to construct a pedestrian walkway between the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) and the Mississippi Craft Center. The walkway will tie the Old Trace and Brashears Stand site parking area and the multi-purpose trails to the Craft Center walkway system. This project will provide direct access from the Parkway to the Craft Center.

September 02, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Welcomes Fourth Grade Students Through Every Kid in a Park Initiative
Natchez Trace Parkway invites all fourth grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, fourth grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

August 28, 2015
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

August 25, 2015
Driver Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter
On July 3, 2015, a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Cedric Coonrod of Huntsville, AL crossed the center line on the Natchez Trace Parkway near mile post 244.5 and struck a Honda CRV head-on, killing the driver and injuring the passenger. On August 25, 2015, a federal grand jury in Oxford, MS handed-down a one count indictment for Involuntary Manslaughter against Coonrod. A trial date has not been set.

August 21, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Initiates Public Comment Period for the Stabilization of Old Agency Road Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the City of Ridgeland, seeks public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) of a project to stabilize Old Agency Road within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

August 07, 2015
Tupelo High School Cross Country Team Assists the Natchez Trace Parkway in Trail Improvements
Members of the Tupelo High School (THS) cross-country team and Natchez Trace Parkway staff joined forces on the Blackland Prairie section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail to create a safer railroad crossing for park visitors. The efforts of THS cross country coach Johnathan Begnaud and 51 student team members on Monday, August 3 will facilitate the reopening of the trail.

July 24, 2015
Dulcimer Day and Junior Ranger Program
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

July 16, 2015
Temporary Closure and Travel Advisory of the Yockanookany Trail
A partial closure of the Yockanookany section of the Natchez Trace Scenic Trail will be in effect from July 20, 2015 through July 31, 2015.

July 10, 2015
Pioneer Day and Junior Ranger Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.

July 06, 2015
Head on Collision with Fatality
On July 3, 2015, at approximately 12:35 p.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Communications received notification of a head-on collision near milepost 244.5 involving a Honda CRV and a Chevrolet Tahoe. U.S. Park Rangers, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Chickasaw County coroner responded to the scene.

July 02, 2015
Dulcimer Day and Junior Ranger Program at the Natchez Trace Parkway
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

June 05, 2015
April Visitation Numbers Released
“During April 2015, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits over the 2014 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 513,538 people used the Parkway in April 2015 compared to 513,830 who were counted in 2014.”

June 02, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Paving Project in Hinds and Madison Counties, Mississippi
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that paving will begin June 2, 2015 on a section of the Parkway in Hinds and Madison Counties. Work will be done from milepost 77 (south of MS 467) to milepost 115 (north of MS 43).

May 12, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Issues Request for Expressions of Interest in the Tupelo Homesteads
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking expressions of interest for the use of eight historic houses and their associated outbuildings at the Natchez Trace Parkway.

May 12, 2015
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY EMPLOYEE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS SERVICE
The Natchez Trace Parkway presented an award for 40 years of federal service to Property Management Specialist Mary Brown.

May 01, 2015
Controlled Burning at the Chickasaw Village Site
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway is planning to conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Lee County, MS between May 5 and May 8, 2015. The prescribed fire is at the Chickasaw Village Site, milepost 262.

May 01, 2015
Natchez Parkway Staff Promote Bicycle Safety
With the help of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association (NTPA) through its Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, Natchez Trace Parkway staff members are celebrating National Bike Month and the National Park Service Centennial by actively promoting bicycle visibility and safety.

April 30, 2015
Visitors “Go Wild” and take a Step toward Finding Their Park
Over 200 people took a step toward finding their park at the Natchez Trace Parkway during the park's Wildlife Festival and BioBlitz on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

April 23, 2015
Tourism Creates Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service report shows that 5,846,473 visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2014 spent $136 million in communities near the park, which supported 1,843 jobs in the local area.

April 20, 2015
87 Year Old Man Passes Away While Biking on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Monday, April 20, 2015, at 1:27 p.m., emergency responders responded to an incident involving a bicyclist on the Parkway south of Highway 82 at Milepost 201.

April 08, 2015
Apparent Suicide from Highway 96 Bridge
On April 8, 2015 at 3:42 p.m., a report of an apparent suicide from the Natchez Trace Parkway Double Arch Bridge was received by the Williamson County Sheriff Office.

April 08, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry Boat Ramp Closure
The Natchez Trace Parkway, Colbert Ferry boat ramp area at milepost 327.3 and the Tennessee River in Alabama will be temporarily closed beginning April 8, 2015. The closure is due to emergency operations being conducted from the boat ramp area.

April 07, 2015
Natchez Trace Rangers Receive Awards for Training Excellence
Four rangers with the Natchez Trace Parkway received awards for excellence in training from the National Park Service (NPS).

April 02, 2015
The Natchez Trace Parkway Joins National Find Your Park Movement with a Wildlife and Nature Festival
The Natchez Trace Parkway joins parks, programs, and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. A hands-on event designed to help people find their park and to promote an interest in the natural world will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS.

March 23, 2015
Wildflower Walk at Chickasaw Village Site
Join a park ranger for a Wildflower Walk on Saturday, April 4, 2015. This event will take place at 10:00 AM at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi).

March 11, 2015
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

March 04, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Traffic Rerouted at Northern Terminus
The exit ramp from the Parkway to TN 100 East will be closed and traffic will be rerouted to McCrory Lane. Safety concerns have arisen due to motorists exiting via this ramp directly onto TN 100 East and then making unsafe left turns to access businesses.

February 20, 2015
TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY DUE TO HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS
As a result of winter weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travel advisory from Hwy 8 near Houston, MS to the northern terminus near Nashville, TN.

February 16, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Additional Closure and Winter Storm Travel Advisory
The Natchez Trace Parkway is closed between mileposts 355 and 370 and between milepost 429 and the northern terminus in Tennessee. A mixture of sleet, freezing rain, ice and snow has fallen on much of the Parkway today. Falling temperatures will cause additional hazards.

February 06, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Trail Closed Due to Railroad Crossing Improvements
The Natchez Trace Parkway National Scenic Trail section between milepost 261.8 (Chickasaw Village Site) and milepost 265.5 (Beech Springs Road Area) will be closed to all trail users beginning February 9, 2015, for a period of 30 days.

January 28, 2015
The Natchez Trace Parkway Recognizes Volunteers in Parks and Very Important People
The Natchez Trace Parkway Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program has recently been redesigned in an effort to reach the Centennial goal of one million additional volunteers for the National Park Service.

January 27, 2015
Controlled Burning Along Natchez Trace Parkway Rocky Springs
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Claiborne County, MS between the dates of January 28 and January 30.

January 27, 2015
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway West Florida Boundary
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway plans to conduct two prescribed fires (controlled burns) in Madison County, MS between the dates of January 29 and January 31.

January 26, 2015
Temporary Closure of the Mount Locust Site
The Natchez Trace Parkway will close the Mount Locust Historic Home and Information Center (milepost 15.5, 15 miles north of Natchez, MS) from Monday, February 2, 2015 to Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

January 20, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway Reports Single Motor Vehicle Accident with Fatality
On January 18, 2015 at approximately 2:22 p.m., Natchez Trace Communications received notification of a single motor vehicle accident near milepost 441.5 near the northern terminus of the Parkway.

January 09, 2015
December Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway is Released
“The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a significant increase in December recreational visits in 2014 over 2013 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 688,064 people used the Parkway in November compared to 478,080 who were counted in 2013.”

January 06, 2015
More than 16,000 Trees Planted Along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway is home to more than 16,000 brand new tree seedlings, planted near the new intersection of Highway 6 and Parkway milepost 257.

December 19, 2014
ELEVEN EMPLOYEES WITH MORE THAN 300 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE RETIRE FROM NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY
By the end of the year, Natchez Trace Parkway will say “Happy Trails” to 11 employees who have decided to exchange the day-to-day grind for a life of leisure.

December 09, 2014
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY PREPARES FOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE’S SECOND CENTURY
“The National Park Service will celebrate the beginning of its second century on August 28, 2016,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “To prepare for the celebration, staff members spent a week landscaping around the visitor center and headquarters building near Tupelo.”

December 09, 2014
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2015
The Natchez Trace Parkway released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2014-2015.

December 04, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Ridgeland Information Cabin Restroom Closure
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that the restroom located at the Ridgeland Information Cabin, at milepost 102.4, is closed until further notice.

September 17, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Temporary Road Closure in
CHEROKEE, AL: Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that repairs on the Parkway near Cherokee, Alabama will begin on September 23, 2014 and will require the closure of the Parkway from US 72 to Pike Road for repairs to the roadway embankment at milepost 322.8. The closure will be in effect between milepost 320.4 and milepost 326.3. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2014.

September 15, 2014
Long-term seasonal employees recognized
The Natchez Trace Parkway recognized the contributions of long-time seasonal employees to the operation of the Parkway. Seasonal employees join the National Park Service’s workforce during the busiest time of the year to augment the efforts of permanent employees.

June 23, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Begins Repairs to Parkway Bridge, Town Creek, Lee County, Mississippi
Due to repairs on the Town Creek bridge near Tupelo, MS, visitors may expect short delays and one-lane traffic.

March 17, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway to Initiate Public Comment Period for Little Swan Creek Bridge Replacement Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on the environmental assessment (EA) prepared for the proposed replacement of the Little Swan Creek Bridge in Lewis County, Tennessee at mile post 386.9. The bridge must be replaced in order to restore the original structural capacity of the bridge, to provide visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience, and to reduce maintenance requirements and costs.

March 13, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Visitation for 2013 is Released
The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in recreational visits in 2013 despite the Government shutdown. More than 6.01 million people used and visited the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013, which is up from the 5.56 million people on the Parkway in 2012. This made the Natchez Trace Parkway the eighth most visited National Park Service site.

November 08, 2013
Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Jane Farmer Receives the National Freeman Tilden Award
Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Jane Farmer has received the 2013 National Park Service Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence, the highest award a National Park Service Ranger can receive.

October 31, 2013
Mary Risser Selected as Superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway
Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announces the selection of Mary Risser, a 32-year career employee of the National Park Service (NPS), to serve as superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile long scenic byway crossing three states and headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. Risser is currently on assignment as Acting Deputy Regional Director and Chief of Staff for the Intermountain Region of the NPS until the end of November. She has served as the superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah for the last nine years. Risser will start her duties the middle of December.

October 18, 2013
Environmental Assessment Available for Proposed Rice Road Extension-Review Period Extended
The National Park Service announces the continued availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed extension of Rice Road (Madison County, MS). This project seeks to extend Rice Road and create an associated multi-use trail to the west of U.S. Highway 51 in Ridgeland. This extension would provide access to the northern portion of the planned Ridgeland City Center development, requiring a right-of-way of approximately 0.7 acres on NPS land.

September 25, 2013
Natchez Trace Parkway to Tackle non-native Kudzu Vine
The National Park Service announces that contractors will be working to eradicate kudzu along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Clinton to Natchez MS. Visitors can expect to see workers spraying herbicide alongside the Parkway from milepost 0-90 during late September-early October.

March 28, 2013
Statement on the Effects of Sequestration at Natchez Trace Parkway
On March 1, 2013, the Natchez Trace Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The effects of this federal law require that each national park absorb this reduction within the remaining months of this fiscal year, which ends September 30.

February 13, 2013
Portion of National Scenic Trail Closed near Tupelo, MS
A section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail near Tupelo, MS will be closed for a period of two years. The Blackland Prairie trail will be closed between Old Town Creek and milepost 264.8.

January 17, 2013
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY UNDER WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
Thursday’s winter storm will spread both snow and rain across the Southeast, continuing into Thursday night and early Friday, and a winter weather advisory remains in effect for significant portions of Mississippi. Light snow accumulations are expected to result in hazardous driving conditions in parts of Mississippi and northern Alabama. On the Natchez Trace Parkway, patchy ice is present on some bridges between MS Highway 32 near milepost 239, south to Interstate 20 near milepost 87, with up to 3 inches of snow between US Highway 82 and Interstate 55. South of Interstate 20, Parkway rangers report slushy conditions on bridges.

November 06, 2012
Natchez Trace Parkway Lowers Speed LimitIn Sensitive Amphibian Habitat
The National Park Service (NPS), Natchez Trace Parkway, announces a 35- mph speed zone on a two-mile section south of Interstate 20 in Hinds County, Mississippi.

November 05, 2012
Natchez Trace Parkway Reopens 8-Mile Section, South of Ridgeland, MS
The National Park Service has completed repairs to a damaged section of the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 94.9, south of Ridgeland, MS, and will reopen the Parkway to vehicular traffic on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. This section has been closed to motorized vehicles since March 14, 2012, after engineers identified a major safety hazard that had the potential to lead to a collapse of the roadway due to embankment instability. The National Park Service partnered with the Federal Highway Administration to make repairs to the roadway.

September 11, 2012
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Reopens near Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8, Lee County, MS) along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The hiking and walking trail north of the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8) has been reopened.

September 06, 2012
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Closure near Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8, Lee County, MS) along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The hiking and walking trail north of the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8) is closed until further notice. The impassable section of trail will be marked with flagging at the beginning and end of the affected area.

July 10, 2012
PARKWAY CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN AT MILEPOST 94.8 SOUTH OF RIDGELAND MS – ATTENTION BICYCLISTS
Road construction will begin July 11, 2012 on a damaged section of the Natchez Trace Parkway at Milepost 94.8, south of Ridgeland, MS. This section has been closed since March due to a failure in the road base that made the road unsafe for vehicular travel. The National Park Service (NPS) had continued to allow bicycle use within the closed section after determining it was safe for bicyclists to pass over the damaged portion of Parkway. However, the arrival of construction crews will require bicyclists to detour around the active construction zone for a distance of 1/2 mile.

June 12, 2012
Myrick Creek Trail Closure
The hiking and walking trail at Myrick Creek, at Parkway milepost 145, just south of Highway 429 is closed until further notice.

March 13, 2012
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY TO CLOSE 8-MILE SECTION SOUTH OF RIDGELAND, MS
The National Park Service will be closing an 8-mile section of the Natchez Trace Parkway to vehicular traffic on March 14, 2012, due to a major safety hazard that has developed near milepost 94.8 between Ridgeland, MS, and Clinton, MS. Engineers have identified the potential for collapse of the roadway due to instability in the embankment. Over the past year, several emergency repairs were completed; however, the section has continued to deteriorate to the point where it is unsafe for vehicular traffic.

March 01, 2012
Partnership to Bring War of 1812 to Life
The Natchez Trace Parkway, the 7th US Infantry Living History Association, and the Natchez Trace Parkway Association have joined together to bring living history demonstrations of War of 1812 events to the public.

December 08, 2011
Natchez Trace Parkway Multi-use Trail Segment 3P19 Wetland and Floodplain Statement of Findings Open for Public Comment
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared draft Statements of Findings (SOFs) for Wetlands and Floodplains for Multi-use Trail Segment 3P19 – A Bridge Over County Line Road and Trail from 200 Feet West of County Line Road to Milepost 96.0 (Approximately from Milepost 95.0 to Milepost 96.0).

December 01, 2011
Natchez Trace Parkway Lowers Speed Limit in Sensitive Amphibian Habitat
The National Park Service, Natchez Trace Parkway, announces a lowered speed zone on a two- mile section south of Interstate 20 in Hinds County, MS. In this area, there is habitat for many species of salamanders and frogs, including the state-imperiled Webster’s salamander (Plethodon websteri).

December 01, 2011
Public Meeting for Meriwether Lewis Exhibits
The Parkway will be presenting drafts of the new exhibits for the Meriwether Lewis site on December 15, 2011. The public is invited to comment on these drafts.

October 11, 2011
Detour at TN HWY 412
Natchez Trace Parkway Detour at Highway 412 in Tennessee.

April 12, 2011
Meriwether Lewis Campground Paving Work- April 9-April 22, 2011
Paving work at the Meriwether Lewis Campground at milepost 386 (near Hohenwald, TN) will start on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

March 19, 2011
Parkway Trails Closed for Maintenance at Rocky Springs Site
No abstract supplied.

February 11, 2011
Park And Partners Open Multiuse Trail
Natchez Trace Parkway officially opened a new 5.3-mile-long section of the Multiuse Trail in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on Saturday, January 21st.

October 19, 2010
Fire Restrictions at the Natchez Trace Parkway
No abstract supplied.

September 23, 2010
Natchez Trace Parkway Announces $3,000 Grant to Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield Commission
The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $3,000 grant to Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield Commission. The grant was made possible through the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative.

September 22, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY ANNOUNCES $25,000 GRANT TO BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Yocona Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The grant was made possible through the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative (LMDI).

April 27, 2010
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY Coley Road
The National Park Service, Natchez Trace Parkway, would like to announce a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with regard to the crossing of a five-lane major thoroughfare arterial extending and connecting Coley Road from McCullough Boulevard to Highway 78 and Barnes Crossing Road from North Gloster Street to the same location on Highway 78. The project will include a grade-separated crossing near milepost 265, just south of the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center.

February 11, 2010
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOTICE
As a result of the potential for winter weather conditions starting tonight, including a forecast of up to five inches of snow, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travelers advisory for the sections of the Parkway in Mississippi.

February 08, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY CLOSED FROM MP 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS AT MP 442.5 -- TENNESSEE BRIDGE IN ALABAMA EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS
As a result of the adverse, wintery weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travelers advisory for sections of Parkway in Tennessee and Colbert & Lauderdale Counties in Alabama.

February 04, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY REOPENS FROM MILEPOST 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS.
This morning, the Natchez Trace Parkway reopened the roadway from milepost 429 to the northern terminus at 442.5 in Tennessee. 

January 30, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY STILL CLOSED FROM MP 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS AT MP 442.5.
No abstract supplied.

January 29, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY OFFICIALS CAUTION USE OF TENNESSEE SECTION OF PARKWAY
As a result of the forecast for adverse wintery weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travelers advisory for the sections of Parkway in Tennessee.

January 29, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY CLOSED FROM MP 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS AT MP 442.5.
As a result of the adverse, wintery weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travelers advisory for the sections of Parkway in northern Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. The Natchez Trace Parkway is closed from milepost 429 to the northern terminus at 442.5. This will affect the on-ramps at Tennessee Highways 100, 96, and 46 (Pinewood Road). Travelers are strongly advised to not use the Parkway in Tennessee.

January 13, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY REOPENS FROM MILEPOST 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS AT MILEPOST 442.5.
This afternoon, the Natchez Trace Parkway reopened the roadway from milepost 429 to the northern terminus at 442.5. The Colbert Ferry Site in Alabama (Milepost 327.3) is also open.

January 09, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY STILL CLOSED FROM MILEPOST 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS AT MILEPOST 442.5.
Wintery weather conditions continue on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee, Alabama, and the northern section of Mississippi.

January 07, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY CLOSED FROM MILEPOST 429 TO NORTHERN TERMINUS AT MILEPOST 442.5.
As a result of the adverse, wintery weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travelers advisory for the sections of Parkway in northern Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. The Natchez Trace Parkway is closed from milepost 429 to the northern terminus at 442.5. This will affect the on-ramps at Tennessee Highways 100, 96, and 46 (Pinewood Road). Travelers are strongly advised to not use the Parkway in Tennessee and Alabama.

January 06, 2010
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY OFFICIALS CAUTION USE OF PARKWAY
As a result of the forecast for adverse wintery weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travelers advisory for the sections of Parkway in northern Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

November 12, 2009
National Park Service Announces Details of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project at the Meriwether Lewis Historic Site
No abstract supplied.

September 23, 2009
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway 2010
The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2009-2010.  From October 2009 through June 2010, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway.

May 18, 2009
Statements of Finding for Wetlands and Floodplains
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY Statements of Finding for Wetlands and Floodplains: 2.97 Mile Multi-use Trail Segment in Ridgeland District, Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway

May 18, 2009
Natchez Trace Parkway to Rehabilitate Ridgeland Crafts Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway announces a project to rehabilitate the Ridgeland Visitor Contact Station, formerly the Ridgeland Crafts Center.

May 18, 2009
Natchez Trace Parkway Expansion Joints in Bridge Decks to be Repaired
On May 13, 2009, minor repair work will begin on bridges along the Natchez Trace Parkway from milepost 320 to 425 within Alabama and Tennessee. The expansion joints in the bridge decks will be repaired, which could cause single-lane closures.

March 18, 2009
Mississippi Highway 6 Project Crossing the Natchez Trace Parkway Begins
On March 2, 2009, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began construction of the Mississippi Highway 6 crossing of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Construction on the Parkway will extend from about MP 256 to 258.

December 11, 2008
Natchez Trace Parkway Closure Milepost 276-282
As a result of the recent heavy rainfall and flooding, a drainage culvert on the Natchez Trace Parkway was severely damaged. A section of the Parkway in Lee and Itawamba counties has been closed between milepost 276 and 282.

October 25, 2008
Natchez Trace Parkway Begins Replacing Pigeon Roost Bridge at Mile Post 203.6
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that construction has begun to replace the Parkway bridge at milepost 203.6 over Pigeon Roost Creek - just south of U.S. Highway 82.

October 18, 2008
Controlled Burning Along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2008-2009.  From November 2008 through June 2009, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway.

September 02, 2008
Natchez Trace Parkway Closed from Natchez to Clinton, MS, Travel Not Advised from U.S. Highway 82 South
Natchez Trace Parkway Closed from Natchez to Clinton, MS. Travel is not advised from U.S. Highway 82 South

August 08, 2008
Notice of Availibility: Fire Management Plan for the Natchez Trace Parkway
Notice of Availability for the Environmental Assessment of the Fire Management Plan for the Natchez Trace Parkway.

May 30, 2008
Jeff Busby Service Station Closed
Jeff Busby's Little Mountain Service Stations Closes

April 26, 2008
Natchez Trace Parkway begins Repair/Resurfacing Project
Natchez Trace Parkway begins Repair/Resurfacing Project Milepost 240 to 266, Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Lee Counties, Mississippi

February 14, 2008
Temporary Photo Exhibit at Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center
Kate Cleghorn has loaned her fascinating photography to the Natchez Trace Parkway. The works Kate loaned are black and white photographs focusing on the cultural and natural history that can be seen along the Parkway.

February 06, 2008
The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates Black History Month
Mr. Robert Bruce Smith will present a fascinating history program on “William Johnson,” (the Barber of Natchez) titled “William Johnson: Witness to a Vanished Natchez World” at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, near Tupelo.

December 27, 2007
Parkway Bridge Work Over Tenn 13
No abstract supplied.

December 19, 2007
Controlled Burning at Natchez Trace Parkway, 2008
The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2007-2008.  From November 2007 through June 2008, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway.

July 09, 2007
Parkway Begins Replacing the Glenrock Picnic Area Comfort Station in Tennessee
The National Park Service has begun work to replace the Natchez Trace Parkway’s existing Glenrock comfort station located near milepost 364 in Wayne County, Tennessee.

April 18, 2007
Woody Debris Reduction Projects
The National Park Service Wildland Urban Interface Initiative (WUII) is designed to decrease wildfire hazard in areas where urban environments adjoin wildland areas.

April 02, 2007
Replacing Three Bridges in Alabama
Construction work to replace the Natchez Trace Parkway’s bridges over Lindsey Creek (Mile Post 337.5), Threet Creek (Mile Post 338.4), and Lauderdale County Road 85 (Mile Post 338.9) began April 2, 2007.

March 30, 2007
Bridge Replacements in Alabama
Construction work to replace the Natchez Trace Parkway’s bridges over Lindsey Creek (Mile Post 337.5), Threet Creek (Mile Post 338.4), and Lauderdale County Road 85 (Mile Post 338.9) is scheduled to begin April 2, 2007.

March 15, 2007
Repaving of Parkway between Jackson and Natchez Mississippi
Resurfacing work is underway on the Natchez Trace Parkway between Interstate 20 (milepost 87) and US Highway 61 (milepost 37) near Port Gibson, Miss.

February 07, 2007
Black History Month Program 2007
The Natchez Trace Parkway Welcomes Natchez National Historical Park Ranger to speak about William Johnson for Black History Month.

January 03, 2007
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2007.

October 02, 2006
Natchez Trace Parkway between Old Canton Road and Rice Road Reopened
No abstract supplied.

September 26, 2006
Pavement repairs for the Natchez Trace Parkway
Pavement repairs for the Natchez Trace Parkway between Tupelo and Jackson, Mississippi

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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