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November 16, 2017
Parkway or Interstate?
Do you know that the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) is one of the 417 units managed by the National Park Service? Do you know that the National Park Service includes iconic parks, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon, and smaller units such as the .2-acre Thaddeus Kosciusko National Memorial in Philadelphia PA (where they pronounce it Kosh-chush-ko)? Do you know that even the White House is part of the National Park Service? Do you know that the Parkway was created as a scenic by-way to commemorate the Old Natchez Trace?

November 09, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center 11.25.17
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on November 25, 2017. 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. The public is invited to participate in pioneer lifestyle activities that often include crafting baskets, spinning, weaving, leather working, making cornhusk dolls, 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.

November 09, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo Visitor Center and Mount Locust Site Closed on Thanksgiving Day
The Parkway Visitor Center at milepost 266, and the Mount Locust site at milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and will reopen at 9 am on Friday, November 24, 2017. For additional information, please call (662) 680-4027 or (800) 305-7417.

November 08, 2017
the natchez trace string band to perform at the parkway information cabin 11.18.17
RIDGELAND, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, November 18, 2017, 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.

November 06, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Bicyclist Struck by Motorist
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to a collision involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist on the Natchez Trace Parkway near mile post 418. Randall Singleton, 58, of Charlotte, TN, was riding his bicycle north on the Parkway, when he was struck by a ’65 Ford Falcon. As a result of the impact, Singleton sustain significant head and leg injuries and was transported to Vanderbilt Medical by air ambulance.

November 03, 2017
The National Park Service Seeks Comments on an Environmental Assessment for the Construction of the Red Hills-Kosciusko 161-kV Transmission Line Across the Natchez Trace Parkway
The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), seeks public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) to establish a right-of-way for TVA to construct a new aerial transmission line across the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) near Kosciusko, MS. The EA analyzes the impacts of permitting the right-of-way for transmission line construction.

October 31, 2017
Two Sentenced for Theft of Government Property
Jason Thomas Williams of Oktibbeha, MS, and Daniel Wayne Easley of Brandon, MS, both pled guilty to Theft of Government Property and were sentenced to prison, serve probation, and to pay restitution to the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) for a series of thefts that occurred in 2016.

October 30, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Nittak Hollo Nakfish! It's Saturday” Saturday, November 11, 2017
To celebrate American Indian Heritage month, November’s featured story is “Nittak Hollo Nakfish! It's Saturday,” a fun book written by the American Indian author, Laura Clark. The book is written in both Chickasaw and English languages. A ranger will read the English version but will insert Chickasaw words, prompting the listeners to join in. Children and their families are encouraged to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

October 20, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Seasonal Closure of the Meriwether Lewis Site Information Center
The Natchez Trace Parkway will close the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site Information Center for the season on November 3, 2017. This season, the Meriwether Lewis Information Center welcomed over 6,000 visitors to the site. The burial monument, restrooms, campground, and hiking trails are open seven days a week and are not affected by this closure.

October 20, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association Saturday, November 4, 2017
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, November 4, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

October 19, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Employees Receive Safety, Health, and Wellness Recognition 2017
As part of the National Park Services’ strategy to enhance employee safety, the Natchez Trace Parkway’s Safety, Health, and Wellness Committee developed an Award Coin program. This year, 21 employees received coins. Employees are recognized for providing visitor assistance, improving ATV/UTV safety plans, demonstrating the proper use of a chainsaw brake, adding shade canopies to riding mowers, reporting unsafe work conditions on and off duty, promoting a safe environment, and consistently demonstrating safety leadership.

October 13, 2017
A Haunting Reality
Did you know that crash rates are three times higher at night? Did you know on the Natchez Trace Parkway 33% of all serious injury crashes and fatalities occur at night when visitation is the lowest? October is a good time to talk about the risks associated with night driving because days are getting shorter and daylight savings time is nearing an end. You and your families will be driving more in the dark for the next few months and the risk of being involved in a serious motor vehicle collision increases.

October 13, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents the Junior Ranger Program “Camping Now and Then” Saturday, October 28, 2017
Bow drills, wool blankets, and tin plates— before modern technology, ingenious inventions and remarkable skills were important for the survival of the American Indians and boatmen who set up camps along the Old Trace. Today, people camp at Natchez Trace Parkway campgrounds just to have fun.

October 13, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center October 28, 2017
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on October 28, 2017. 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.

October 06, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Culture Shock” Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Culture Shock,” a Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to compare how American Indian tribes lived along the Trace 2,000 years ago, 200 years ago, and today. Discover the culture and traditions that continue to be passed down from generation to generation. This program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old but everyone is welcome.

October 06, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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.

October 05, 2017
Chickasaw Village Viewshed Improvement
“The next time you drive by the Chickasaw Village Site on the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway), take a second look to figure out what you don’t see,” challenged Parkway Landscape Architect Greg Smith. “Tombigbee Electric Power Association removed the unused aerial power lines and associated poles from the Site. The power line used to bisect the site and detract from the view of this historic place.”

September 29, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Swamp Where Gator Hides” October 14, 2017
This month’s featured story is “Swamp Where Gator Hides,” a fun book that introduces young listeners to the concepts of camouflage and predator-prey interactions. Engaging cumulative rhyming teaches children about the animals that live in swamps like those along the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway). Children and their families are encouraged to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

September 29, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Hosts Meriwether Lewis Commemoration October 14, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway will celebrate the life and legacy of Meriwether Lewis at the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site on October 14, 2017. National Park Service staff will be on site to answer questions and present a variety of educational programs about the historic Natchez Trace and the life and legacy of Meriwether Lewis. Programs about Meriwether Lewis will be offered at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. The visitor center and museum will be open in the restored cabin and educational materials on the Parkway and Meriwether Lewis will be available.

September 29, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Uses Red and Blue Lights
The Natchez Trace Parkway Chief Ranger reminds drivers that our Parkway Rangers use both red and blue emergency lights to mark our law enforcement vehicles. Recent comments from local leaders may have led some to believe that law enforcement vehicles only display blue lights. Like many other agencies, the Parkway Rangers use both red and blue lights; red is much easier to see in the daytime, and blue is easier to see at night. These colors make it safer for the Rangers, anyone they pull over, and anyone passing by.

September 28, 2017
Hernando de Soto’s Encampment Came to Life at the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway hosted a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto, who traveled through this area in 1540-41. The programs took place on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, at the Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266) near Tupelo, Mississippi. The Parkway welcomed more than 525 visitors including 300 local students on Friday. The encampment let visitors see what life was like for de Soto’s conquistadors when they traveled through the area. Visitors saw the weapons, food, and training required by members of de Soto’s expedition, viewed live matchlock gun demonstrations, and discovered how the Chickasaw were able to defeat de Soto and his men in battle.

September 26, 2017
Historic Home Temporarily Closed along the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway temporarily closed the Historic Mount Locust Inn until the structure can be stabilized, and visitors can safely view the house. Repair work on the historic home will begin soon.

September 26, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces New Hours for the Parkway Visitor Center
Beginning on Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Parkway Visitor Center at milepost 266, just north of Tupelo, Mississippi, will be open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm seven days per week. For additional information, please call (800) 305-7417.

September 25, 2017
Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association October 7, 2017
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 7, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

September 25, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Engages Partners for a Landscaping Facelift of the Kosciusko Welcome Center
The landscape makeover of the Kosciusko Welcome Center is more than just a new pretty face. The renovation of the gardens surrounding the center helps to celebrate the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mississippi.

September 21, 2017
Single Motor Vehicle Collision with Fatality September 20, 2017
On September 20, 2017, at approximately 6:03 pm, the Natchez Trace Parkway Communications Center received notification of a single motor vehicle collision near Raymond, Mississippi (milepost 77.9). U.S. Park Rangers and Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene.

September 18, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Revised Fall Hours for Mount Locust Inn and Plantation
Beginning Monday September 18, 2017, the Mount Locust Inn and Plantation site along the Natchez Trace Parkway will be open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

September 01, 2017
Hernando de Soto's Encampment comes to life in Tupelo on September 23, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway will host a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The encampment will be set up outside of the Parkway Visitor Center from 10 am to 3 pm. 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. There will also be live matchlock gun firings at 11 am, noon and 1 pm.

August 31, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Will Conduct Enhanced Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend 2017
Natchez Trace Rangers will have additional patrols and conduct checkpoints during the Labor Day Weekend, starting on August 31, 2017, and continuing until September 4, 2017, as part of a national effort to promote traffic safety. In conjunction with the National Park Service Traffic Safety Coalition, Rangers are targeting dates associated with increases in traffic deaths. This event targets traffic associated with the Labor Day Weekend. The goal of the operation is to provide a deterrent effect and arrest drivers for impaired driving, speeding, inattentive driving, and other traffic offenses by significantly increasing patrol coverage on the Parkway. Impaired driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts, and prohibited drivers are recurring factors in fatal accidents on the Parkway.

August 29, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program Beak Knows Best September 16 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Beak Knows Best,” a Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 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 ideal for children seven to 12 years old but everyone is welcome.

August 29, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin September 16, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 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.

August 29, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Hosts Chickasaw Celebration Speakers and Dancers
The Natchez Trace Parkway and the Chickasaw Inkana Foundation (CIF) will host a program to celebrate Chickasaw cultural history on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The Chickasaw Dance Troupe will perform traditional dances, and experts will speak about Chickasaw cultural history.

August 29, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017
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 23, 2017. 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.

August 25, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “My, Oh My – a Butterfly” September 9, 2017
Children and their families are encouraged to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, MS. This month’s featured story is “My, Oh My – a Butterfly,” a fun Dr. Seuss book that explores the stages of metamorphosis from an egg to a butterfly. Participants will learn fun facts about butterfly communities found not only along the Natchez Trace Parkway but also in their own backyards.

August 18, 2017
North Mississippi Dulcimer Association September 2, 2017
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, September 2, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

August 11, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center August 26, 2017
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on August 26, 2017. 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 10, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Reckless Motorcyclists Appear in Federal Court
On August 3, 2017, two sport bike motorcyclists, who appeared in Federal Court in Columbia, Tennessee, were found guilty of reckless driving and fleeing from a law enforcement officer on the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway). After a year-long cooperative investigation with the U.S. Marshals Service, Parkway rangers filed charges against these offenders. Each offender must complete community service before the final sentencing hearing scheduled for September 5, 2017.

August 08, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin August 19, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, August 19, 2017, 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.

August 04, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Beavers: Making a Splash” August 19, 2017
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 19, 2017, at 10:00 am. Beavers are incredible animals that can turn the tiniest streams into flooded wetlands. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to learn how beavers are perfectly adapted for creating their own water habitats and swimming in the wetlands. Participants will make a craft beaver to take home. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

July 31, 2017
Rocky Springs Campground Trail Closure
Recent high winds and rainfall along the Natchez Trace Parkway caused many trees to fall along the trails in the Rocky Springs area. Due to safety concerns, the Rocky Springs Campground Spur Trail at milepost 55.0, a section of the National Scenic Trail, and the amphitheater in the campground are closed. Visitors should observe posted closures and caution is advised on all trails. “Visitors should be aware of their surroundings while hiking and be vigilant in looking for overhead limbs that may pose a hazard,” stated Chief of Resource Management Lisa McInnis.

July 28, 2017
Motorist Indicted in Natchez Trace Parkway Bicyclist Hit and Run Incident
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Tyler Noe was bicycling on the Natchez Trace Parkway near the park’s northern terminus. A black Volvo passing the bicyclists struck Noe, causing serious but non-life threatening injuries. The Volvo failed to stop and left the scene. A bicyclist wearing a camera recorded video of the incident.

July 27, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Stellaluna” August 12, 2017
Children and their families are encouraged to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, MS. This month’s featured story is “Stellaluna,” a book about a bat that lives with a family of birds. Participants will hear how the animals accept each other’s differences, and participate in a fun activity to explore each other’s differences and similarities.

July 27, 2017
Environmental Camp Exhibit Displayed Throughout August 2017
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday on August 25, 2017, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a month-long exhibit featuring artwork and pledges made by local Boys and Girls Club Members during a weeklong Every Kid in a Park Environmental Camp at the Parkway. The exhibit includes a five-minute film that captures the participant’s activities and reflections on their experience. After reading the children’s pledges, visitors are encouraged to add a pledge, in their own words, to the exhibit.

July 21, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program: “Fish Printing” July 29, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Fish Printing,” a Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, July 29, 2017, 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 free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

July 10, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Budget Analyst Receives Prestigious Department of the Interior Superior Service Award
Lana Lollar, Budget Analyst for the Natchez Trace Parkway, received the Department of the Interior’s prestigious Superior Service Award. “Honor awards, such as the Superior Service Award, are the most prestigious recognition that can be granted by the Department of the Interior for career accomplishments and exceptional support of the Department,” explained Superintendent Mary Risser. “Ms. Lollar received the Superior Service Award in recognition of the significant contributions that she made to the Department through her outstanding service to the National Park Service’s budget program.”

July 09, 2017
Bicyclist Struck by Motor Vehicle in Hit and Run: Arrest Made
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Greg Goodman and Tyler Noe were cycling on the Natchez Trace Parkway, a designated bike route, near the Parkway’s northern terminus. A black Volvo passing the bicyclists struck Noe causing serious but non-life threatening injuries. The Volvo’s driver failed to stop and left the scene. Goodman was wearing a camera and provided a video of the incident to investigators.

July 07, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center 7-22-2017
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on July 22, 2017. 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. The public is invited to participate in pioneer lifestyle activities that often include crafting baskets, spinning, weaving, leather working, making cornhusk dolls, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Children are invited to dress up in pioneer clothes and participate in craft activities. Mountain dulcimer demonstrations are usually offered throughout the day.

July 07, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Who Left That?”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Who Left That?” a Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to learn the signs animals leave all along the Parkway. Make your own track molds to take home and see if they match any animal tracks in your backyard. Please be aware that the molds will take at least 1 hour to dry and will be made at the beginning of the program. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

July 07, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway to Implement Detour in the Dancy Area
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce a portion of the Parkway near Dancy will be closed starting July 10, 2017, for motorized and non-motorized traffic (including bicyclists). The motor road closure from milepost 214.5 (Webster County, MS) to milepost 219.5 (Clay County, MS) will allow for spot pavement repairs to be made. These repairs are part of an overlay project that extends from milepost 204 through 219. This detour is expected to be in place until July 24, 2017.

June 30, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin Saturday, July 15, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 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.

June 20, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Pollinator Week
The 11th annual Pollinator Week kicked off nationwide on June 19, 2017. This celebration is hosted by the Pollinator Partnership, a diverse group of government, business, and educational partners that work to promote the health of pollinators, which are critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.

June 19, 2017
Junior Ranger Program “Nature Bingo” July 1, 2017
Do you like nature and learning about the world we live in? Do you like playing bingo? The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Nature Bingo,” a special Junior Ranger program on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this fun 45-minute program and a chance to shout “Nature Bingo!” Participants will enjoy searching for natural items shown on their bingo cards while they walk along the half-mile Beech Springs Nature Trail. This program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but all ages are welcome.

June 14, 2017
Hiking Advisory on the National Scenic Trail
Due to recent high winds and rainfall along the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway), visitors should expect to see newly fallen trees across many sections of the National Scenic Trail. Caution is advised on all trails. “Visitors should be aware of their surroundings while hiking and be vigilant in looking for overhead limbs that may pose a hazard,” stated Chief of Resource Management Lisa McInnis.

June 09, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center June 24, 2017
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on June 24, 2017. 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.

June 07, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrated Summer with a Battle
The Natchez Trace Parkway welcomed over 200 visitors on Saturday, May 27, 2017, to the Battle of Ackia Commemoration and Pioneer Days events. Joseph Smith, representative of the Chickasaw Nation, presented a special Junior Ranger program entitled “Chickasaw Culture and Life.” The program focused on how the Chickasaw people lived during the 1730s at the time of the Battle of Ackia—May 26, 1736. The Chickasaw victory over the French at the Battle of Ackia, near modern-day Tupelo, prevented further expansion of the French and eventually led to their defeat during the French and Indian War.

June 07, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin June 17, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 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.

June 05, 2017
Bye Bye Detour
It’s a sight weary drivers have waited on for a long time. The frustrating detour, which began in November 2015, around the Little Swan Creek Bridge is gone!

June 02, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Junior Ranger Program: Disappearing Act
he Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Disappearing Act,” a Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program and learn about camouflage. Every animal has at least one adaptation that helps it survive in its environment. Camouflage is an adaptation that helps prey hide from predators and helps predators sneak up on their prey. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to learn more about camouflage and see if you can make a creature that disappears into the background using play-dough, feathers, and beads. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

May 31, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Read with a Ranger Program: Under One Rock
Children and their families are welcome to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Under One Rock.” Children can 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 Parkway but also in their own backyards. Plant native seeds in pots to take home with you to help your local pollinator community!

May 19, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Animal Masquerade” and Dulcimer Day
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Animal Masquerade,” a special Junior Ranger program at the Parkway Visitor Center. The event is at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover how animals along the Parkway depend on each other for survival. Participants will create a mask of their favorite animal. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

May 17, 2017
Happy 79th Birthday Natchez Trace Parkway!
The Parkway welcomes you to the Visitor Center (milepost 266) just north of Tupelo, MS, from 8 am to 5 pm. Come watch our award-winning movie, browse our museum displays and bookstore, or ask our superb staff where you can take a hike or push a stroller through the lush woods. Visitors can page through our scrapbook and write a note or two, or bring your photos to share.

May 16, 2017
Battle of Akia Commemoration and Pioneer Day May 27, 2017
Historic Site Coordinator Joseph Smith from the Chickasaw Nation and Brian Mast from the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama will present programs at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Starting at 10:00 am, Smith will present a 30-minute Junior Ranger program entitled “Chickasaw Culture and Life.” Children will learn and discover how the Chickasaw people lived around Tupelo in the 1700s. At 11:30 am, Mast will present at 30-minute Junior Ranger Program entitled “We Want YOU for the French Marines!” Junior Rangers will experience life as a French Marine who was part of the 1736 campaign. At 1:30 pm, Mast will give a 30-minute talk about the Battle of Ackia from both the French and Chickasaw perspectives and the long-range impacts this battle had on European colonization of the area. Following the programs until 3:00 pm, Smith and Mast will share their knowledge of the time period with visitors of all ages through displays of Chickasaw life and French Marine equipment.

May 16, 2017
It Should Just Be Automatic
“It’s so simple to put on a seat belt; it should just be automatic,” stated Chief Ranger Sarah Davis. “As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer travel season ramps up, we want to keep our visitors safe and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash; buckling up.” From May 15 to June 4, 2017, rangers will focus on seatbelt violations in conjunction with the Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement campaign.

May 08, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin May 20, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 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.

April 28, 2017
Celebrate Salamander Saturday at the Parkway Information Cabin
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to join researchers, staff, and volunteers at the Parkway Information Cabin to celebrate the diversity of salamanders found in Mississippi. The event is from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 6.

April 28, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “The Prairie that Nature Built”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “The Prairie that Nature Built.” Discover the plants and animals that make a prairie community flourish. After the story, visitors will learn what flowers, insects, and other animals can be found in the Parkway’s Blackland Prairie.

April 21, 2017
National Park Service Units Create $447 Million in Economic Benefits for the State of Mississippi
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 11,375,658 visitors to Mississippi’s National Park Service units in 2016 spent $390 million in local communities. That spending supported 5,580 jobs in the state and had a cumulative benefit to the local economies of $447 million.

April 20, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Tourism Created $142 Million in Local Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,891,315 visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2016 spent $142 million in the communities near the Parkway, which supported 1,907 jobs in the local areas. 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 20, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Unveils American Indian Wayside Exhibits at Colbert Ferry
The Natchez Trace Parkway will partner with the Chickasaw Nation and the Natchez Trace Parkway Association to celebrate the unveiling of the American Indian themed wayside exhibits. The event takes place at Colbert Ferry on April 27, 2017 at 10 am.

April 14, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Nature Bingo” April 29. 2017
Do you like nature and learning about the world we live in? Do you like playing bingo? The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Nature Bingo,” a special Junior Ranger program on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this fun 45-minute program and you get a chance to shout “Nature Bingo!” Participants will enjoy searching for natural items shown on their bingo cards, while they walk along the half-mile Beech Springs Nature Trail. This program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but all ages are welcome.

April 12, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Announces National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
In 1991, Congress proclaimed the second week of April as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week,” bringing well-deserved attention and recognition to public safety telecommunicators who are invaluable to the emergency response teams. The men and women who take emergency calls and send assistance are often overlooked for the critical role they play in coordinating first response and lifesaving efforts. The Natchez Trace Parkway divisions rely on the quick decisions and effective responses the Parkway telecommunicators make each day.

April 12, 2017
Hiking Advisory: Feral Hog Activity
This spring, Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) officials and visitors have witnesses increased feral hog activity from milepost 0-40. The number of feral hogs is on the rise statewide and directly correlates to more sightings along the Parkway.

April 07, 2017
Celebrate National Park Week: Bioblitz and Wildlife Weekend Festival April 22, 2017
In celebration of the National Park Service’s National Park Week, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival at the Tupelo Visitor Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9:30 am-4:00 pm. The BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival provide a great opportunity to celebrate wildlife and biodiversity in our community. 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 03, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin April 15, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, April 15, 2017, 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.

March 31, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Beavers: Making a Splash”
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, April 15, 2017, 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.

March 31, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Pitter Patter”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Pitter Patter,” an adventure of Pitter and Patter, two raindrops making their way through the water cycle. Although they fall from the sky together, they get separated and make their own way. Find out if Pitter and Patter are finally able to come together once again.

March 31, 2017
Bicyclist Struck by Motor Vehicle in Hit and Run Update: Driver Convicted
On March 22, 2017, Perkins was convicted on the following charges stemming from that motor vehicle collision with Biernat in July: · Failing to Move Over for a Bicyclist · Providing False Information · Leaving the Scene of an Accident · Reckless Driving · Causing a Vehicle Crash with a Bicyclist Perkins is currently serving 18 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for these and other charges.

March 27, 2017
Two Fatalities in Single Motor Vehicle Collision
On March 25, 2017, at approximately 12:32 p.m., the Natchez Trace Parkway Communications Center received notification of a single motor vehicle collision near Kosciusko, MS (milepost 152). U.S. Park Rangers, Attala and Leake County Sheriff’s Deputies, Thomas Town Volunteer Fire Department, and the Attala County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

March 22, 2017
New Bicycle Safety Signs Raise Awareness on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Lush deep shade and a gently curving scenic road are two landscape features that make the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) a pleasant recreational route for both motorists and bicyclists. Those features that make traveling the Parkway enjoyable can sometimes reduce visibility for both drivers and bicyclists. New signs, funded through the Natchez Trace Parkway Association (Association) Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, will raise motorist awareness and remind drivers that bicycles, as well as other motor vehicles, use the Parkway.

March 17, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates National Parks with an Employee Photo Exhibit
As the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates 101 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, all Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark. Each one of the 417 national parks is a thread in the tapestry that tells the story of our country – its beautiful landscapes, diverse culture, and rich heritage. Throughout the year, the NPS invites everyone to discover and share their own unique connections to our public lands.

March 15, 2017
Weekend Events: Wildflower Walk and Dulcimer Program
Spring wildflowers always bloom abundantly in the area we now call the Chickasaw Village Site. Join a park ranger to learn about the plants and flowers that were there when the Chickasaw people lived at the site, find out what plant life was brought in by others who migrated to this area, and join in speculation about the future of this national park site. The Wildflower Walk begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8) on the Natchez Trace Parkway, just south of the McCullough Boulevard crossing in Tupelo, Mississippi.

March 15, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Spring Hours for the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site
Beginning March 31, 2017, until further notice, the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site Information Center on the Natchez Trace Parkway begins spring operating hours. Hours of operation will be Fridays from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and closed Monday through Thursday. The burial monument, restrooms, campground, and hiking trails are open seven days a week.

March 13, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Drew More Than 5.9 Million Visitors in 2016
“In 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a 1.8% increase in the number of recreational visits from the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “Three of the 10 most visited parks in the nation are found in the Southeast Region: Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and the Natchez Trace Parkway.”

March 10, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, March 25, 2017
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on March 25, 2017. 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 07, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin March 18, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, March 18, 2017, 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.

March 03, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program Boatmen of the Natchez Trace March 18, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Boatmen of the Natchez Trace,” a special Junior Ranger program held on Saturday, March 18, 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 Parkway. 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.

February 24, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Noisy Bird Sing-Along”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Noisy Bird Sing-Along.” Listen to a symphony of bird calls and find out how you can sound like them too! Visitors of all ages will find themselves calling out “Who Cooks for You” just like the barred owl.

February 23, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Winning Poster Design
Mississippi State University (MSU) graphic design student Kelli Clayton created the winning travel poster in the 2016 Centennial Poster Contest, a project to help students and visitors explore the diverse history, culture, and beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway). Ms. Clayton’s design featured three prominent natural and cultural sites along the Parkway highlighted in vibrant colors. Emerald Mound at milepost 10.3, the Sunken Trace at milepost 41.5, and Cypress Swamp at milepost 122.0 were all represented by this submission. Also recognized, were designs by Anna Barber that promote camping along the Parkway and Heather Hardman’s designs that feature the Double Arch Bridge at Birdsong Hollow.

February 23, 2017
Controlled Burning at the Chickasaw Village Site February 24
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway will conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) on Friday, February 24 at the Chickasaw Village. This prescribed fire will help to restore the native prairie and reduce vegetation that could burn in a wildfire along the parkway boundary.

February 14, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates Women’s History Month with Photo Exhibit
Many know the Old Trace for its history of rough and tough boatmen, also known as Kaintucks. Over 200 years ago, these men walked the entire trail now commemorated by the 444-mile long Natchez Trace Parkway. The women, who traveled and lived along the Old Trace, were just as tough as the men who used the trail. In 1905, a group of women, the Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution, brought public attention to the decaying Old Trace. Their efforts eventually led to the establishment of the Natchez Trace Parkway as a national park in 1938.

February 10, 2017
String Band to Perform in Ridgeland February 18, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, February 18, 2017, 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.

February 10, 2017
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center February 25, 2017
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Parkway Visitor Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on February 25, 2017. 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 10, 2017
North Mississippi Dulcimer Association March 4, 2017
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, March 4, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

February 03, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “The Lorax”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. Follow the tale of the Lorax as he tries to save the environment from the Once-ler who doesn’t realize the extent of the damage he is inflicting. Find out if the Lorax is able to save the Truffula Trees, Brown Bar-ba-loots, Humming-fish, and Swomee-Swans. Visitors will be introduced to the idea of conservation with a fun activity and learn how they can reduce the negative effects of resource use in their own communities.

February 03, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program “Skins and Skulls”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Skins and Skulls,” a special Junior Ranger program held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am. Animals along the Natchez Trace Parkway have many special adaptations that help them to survive. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover some of amazing abilities of the animals that call the Parkway home. Participants will be able to examine and touch real animal pelts and replica skulls. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but all ages are welcome.

February 03, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Will Conduct Saturation Patrols on Sunday, February 5, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) law enforcement rangers will conduct high intensity patrols on February 5, 2017, as part of a national effort to promote traffic safety. In conjunction with the National Park Service Traffic Safety Coalition, rangers continue to target dates associated with increases in traffic deaths. This event targets traffic associated with Super Bowl Sunday. Inattentive and impaired driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, and unlicensed drivers are recurring factors in fatal accidents on the Parkway. The goal of the operation is to provide a deterrent effect and arrest drivers for these and other traffic offenses, by significantly increasing patrol coverage on the Parkway.

January 27, 2017
Mississippi Lignite Mining Company Donates Funds for Trails on the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Mississippi Lignite Mining Company (MLMC), which manages Red Hills Mine, recently donated $50,000 to the Parkway to rehabilitate trails in the area. The Red Hills Mine operates east of the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) near the Little Mountain overlook at the Jeff Busby campground. In 2016, the Parkway entered into an agreement with MLMC to mitigate scenic impacts caused by mining activities near the Jeff Busby site. The National Park Service used the funds to help fund the Southeast Conservation Corps to conduct trail work.

January 26, 2017
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 20, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Revised Winter Hours for Mount Locust Inn and Plantation
Beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the Mount Locust Inn and Plantation site along the Natchez Trace Parkway will be open six days a week. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and closed on Monday.

January 20, 2017
December Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released
“During December 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits from the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 413,928 visitors used the Parkway during December 2016 compared to 415,610 who were counted in 2015.” Numbers for the entire year, however, continue to top last year’s numbers.”

January 20, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association February 4, 2017
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, February 4, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

January 09, 2017
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin January 21, 2017
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, January 21, 2017 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.

January 07, 2017
Parkway Closure Milepost 355 to 370 Wayne County Tennessee
Effective immediately, officials have closed the Natchez Trace Parkway motor road between Highway 64, (milepost 370) to Highway 912 (milepost 355), Broadway Street in Collinwood, Tennessee. The closure is necessary due to snow and freezing rain covering the roadway. The duration of the closure is undetermined at this time, but the Parkway will work to reopen the area as soon as possible.

January 06, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Hazardous Road and Travel Advisory from Milepost 0 to 204
As a result of winter weather conditions along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a travel advisory is in effect for the southern terminus (milepost 0) at Liberty Road in Natchez, MS to Highway 82 (milepost 204), near Mathiston, MS. The bridges in these areas are experiencing icing conditions and considered hazardous. Travelers are advised to exercise caution when driving on the Parkway in this area.

January 06, 2017
Read with a Ranger Program: “Animals in Winter”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Animals in Winter.” Learn several different strategies that animals have to survive winter; some hibernate, some store food, and some have to dig through the snow to find nuts and grass. After the story, find out what you can do to help make it easier for wild animals to survive the harsh winter.

January 06, 2017
Junior Ranger Program “Predator or Prey: Guess Who Has Talons”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Predator or Prey: Guess Who Has Talons” a new Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 am. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program. Learn how adaptations make owls expert predators and help them survive in the ecosystems along the Parkway. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome.

January 06, 2017
Natchez Trace Parkway Closed from Milepost 429 to 442 Northern Terminus
WILLIAMSON COUNTY & DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN - Effective immediately, officials have closed the Natchez Trace Parkway motor road between the northern terminus at Highway 100 (milepost 442) to Highway 46 (milepost 429), Pinewood Road in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. The closure is necessary due to snow and a winter storm advisory forecast of freezing rain. The duration of the closure is undetermined at this time. Parkway officials will work to reopen the area as soon as possible.

January 05, 2017
Pavement Problems for Mississippi Travelers
The Natchez Trace Parkway cautions visitors about pavement problems in the Mississippi section of the Parkway. Extreme drought over the late summer caused severe cracking and movement of the parkway motor road surface in many areas. Differential settlement across lanes can be problematic especially for motorcycles and recreational vehicles. The movement in the pavement surface is due to shrinkage of the underlying soils.

January 03, 2017
Centennial Successes
Along with many other accomplishments, the Natchez Trace Parkway held its first naturalization ceremony. Parkway staff also held a citizen science Wildlife Festival, combining National Park Week, Junior Ranger Day, and a BioBlitz.

December 23, 2016
North Mississippi Dulcimer Association January Presentation
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, January 7, 2017, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

December 23, 2016
November Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released
“During November 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a slight decrease in the number of recreational visits from the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 453,560 visitors used the Parkway during November 2016 compared to 459,006 who were counted in 2015.” Numbers for the entire year, however, continue to top last year’s numbers.”

December 23, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Engages Youth to Rehabilitate Trails
This fall, the Natchez Trace Parkway partnered with the Southeast Conservation Corps to accomplish much needed trail improvements for the Jeff Busby and the Yockanookany Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. Southeast Conservation Corps operates conservation service programs throughout the Southeast that focus on empowering young people to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.

December 20, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Freezing Fog Advisory December 20, 2017
A traveler advisory is in effect for a large portion of north Mississippi and the southern sections of west Tennessee from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 am Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Freezing fog has developed, and the below freezing temperatures during the early morning hours could cause some slick road conditions especially on elevated surfaces.

December 16, 2016
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE OVER 85 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE
The Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) presented federal service awards to Maintenance Mechanic’s George McBride (45 years) and Forrest McCrary (40 years).

December 14, 2016
Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway
TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway will conduct two prescribed fires (controlled burns) on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16.

December 13, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Revised Winter Hours for the Mount Locust Site
Beginning Wednesday, December 14, 2016, until further notice, the Mount Locust Site along the Natchez Trace Parkway begins winter operating hours. Hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Friday through Sunday and closed Monday through Thursday. This closure includes the historic home, restrooms, visitor contact station, and the grounds.

December 13, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers Hold Successful Safety Initiative
Motorist traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway from I-20 to Highway 43 last week may have noticed an increased presence of law enforcement rangers. Rangers from the Ridgeland area and from other areas of the Parkway participated in a five-day saturation patrol focusing on highway traffic safety. During the event, Rangers issued over 300 citations for a variety of violations including over 240 speeding citations, numerous citations for driving while suspended, no insurance, and failure to comply with traffic control devices.

December 09, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release UPDATE: Fire Restrictions Rescinded in Mississippi and Alabama
Due to recent rainfall, the Natchez Trace Parkway will rescind all restrictions on open fires effective December 12, 2016 at midnight. These restrictions correspond with the partial state level burn bans issued by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

December 02, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Over and Under the Snow”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Over and Under the Snow.” Discover an entire world under your feet as you explore the many animals that stay under the snow to survive the harsh winter environment. Learn what animals on the Parkway do during the winter for food and to keep warm, then get a chance to touch some real animal furs! Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cookies will be available for visitors to enjoy.

November 30, 2016
Park Rangers Partner with the Natchez Trace Parkway Association to Increase Bicycle Visibility
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a beautiful recreation route for both motorists and bicyclists, but the curvy scenic road that makes the Parkway a pleasure to travel can also reduce visibility for both drivers and bicyclists. Parkway staff have partnered with the Natchez Trace Parkway Association to promote bicyclist visibility by distributing free bicycle safety lights and vests. Rangers up and down the Parkway, and interpretive rangers at Parkway visitor centers, hand out the lights and vests free of charge to Parkway cyclists. The flashing lights and the high-visibility vests are donated through the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, which was established in the memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness, an avid bicyclist.

June 28, 2013
Revised Hours for Mount Locust Inn and Plantation
Beginning Monday, July 31, 2017, the Mount Locust Inn and Plantation site along the Natchez Trace Parkway will be open four days a week. Hours of operation will be Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and closed Monday through Wednesday.

Last updated: December 16, 2015

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