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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.

November 18, 2016
Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association December 3, 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, December 3, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

November 18, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Recipient of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award
The Natchez Trace Parkway 2016 Steve Ritter Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Denise Miller at the Parkway’s annual volunteer banquet. This annual award goes to a Parkway volunteer who has shown exceptional commitment during the year.

November 17, 2016
October 2016 Visitation Numbers Released
“During October 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 531,211 visitors used the Parkway during October 2016 compared to 518,523 who were counted in 2015.”

November 16, 2016
Students Design Posters to Promote the National Park Service Centennial
The Natchez Trace Parkway and the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi invite visitors to view travel posters created by graphic design students at Mississippi State University in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

November 15, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Winter Hours for the Mount Locust Site
Beginning Monday, November 28, 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, Wednesday through Sunday. The site will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; this includes the historic home, restrooms, visitor contact station, and the grounds.

November 15, 2016
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center November 26, 2016
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 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.

November 08, 2016
The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, November 19, 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.

November 04, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Junior Ranger Program: Prehistoric American Indian Tools
Natchez Trace Parkway Volunteer Mr. Pat Arinder will present a special 45-minute Junior Ranger program on prehistoric American Indian tools at 10:00 a.m. at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The presentation will contain replicas of prehistoric American Indian stone tools, including knives, spears, bow and arrows, atlatls, grinding stones, and a bow drill. Mr. Arinder will share information about the tools with visitors, and the replicas will be available for hands-on interpretation. After the Junior Ranger program, Mr. Arinder will display the replicas of tools from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and be available for questions. Mr. Arinder has shared his talents as a volunteer interpretive historian with the Natchez Trace Parkway for the past 20 years.

October 31, 2016
Rangers Warn Motorists of Increased Deer Activity
It’s that time of year again. As food sources change, so do the habits of deer and other mammals that live along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Park Rangers report that 90% of all reported motor vehicle collisions involving deer happen between the months of September and March. “One third of all motor vehicle collisions on the Parkway involve deer. Of those, 90% occur in fall and winter months,” stated Chief Ranger Sarah Davis.

October 28, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Pavement Problems for Mississippi Travelers
The Natchez Trace Parkway cautions visitors about pavement problems in the Mississippi section of the Parkway. Extreme drought has caused severe cracking and movement of the parkway motor road surface in many areas. Differential settlement across lanes can be problematic especially for motorcycles. The movement in the pavement surface is due to shrinkage of the underlying soils. This issue will worsen as the drought conditions continue.

October 28, 2016
Construction Workers and Deputy Save Man’s Life with CPR and AED on the Natchez Trace Parkway
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched to an unresponsive bicyclist on the Natchez Trace Parkway near mile marker 427. Witnesses stated the 66 year-old cyclist collapsed off his bicycle shortly after beginning a ride of the entire Parkway. Two construction workers, who were working on a nearby paving project, observed this collapse and began CPR.

October 28, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month with Art Exhibit and Film
The Natchez Trace Parkway will host an art exhibit by students from the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, and present the Chickasaw Nation’s film, First Encounter, throughout the month of November to commemorate American Indian Heritage Month. The exhibit and film will be available for the public to see from 8 am to 5 pm in the auditorium at the Parkway Visitor Center.

October 28, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Read with a Ranger Program: “Stellaluna”
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “Stellaluna.” Children will listen to the story and then explore the differences and similarities between bats and birds in an interactive activity.

October 26, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Motor Vehicle Accident with Fatality October 25
On October 25, 2016, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Communications Center received notification of a single motor vehicle accident near milepost 226.4 at the Highway 389 interchange, near Houston, MS. U.S. Park Rangers and Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene.

October 24, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Visitation Numbers for September 2016
“During August 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 489,367 visitors used the Parkway during September 2016 compared to 476,061 who were counted in 2015.”

October 21, 2016
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association November 5, 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, November 5, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

October 17, 2016
UPDATE: Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Fire Restrictions in Mississippi and Alabama October 17, 2016
Due to elevated forest fire danger, the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) has placed burn restrictions on all open fires effective immediately. These restrictions correspond with the partial state level burn bans issued by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. This burn ban is effective immediately for the following counties in Mississippi and Alabama and has no exemptions. The Mississippi counties affected include (Adams, Attala, Clay, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Hinds, Leake, Lee, Madison, Itawamba, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Warren, Webster). In addition to this ban Jefferson County has been included on National Park Service property. The Alabama counties affected include (Colbert, Lauderdale). The ban currently affects the Parkway between mileposts 0 to 341.8. As of October 13, 2016, areas of the Parkway, located in Tennessee, are not affected.

October 14, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway and Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area presents music group Injunuity
To commemorate American Indian Heritage Month and the National Park Service Centennial, the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area will sponsor American Indian music group Injunuity on October 29, 2016. The 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm performance at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo, MS, includes two musical sets and features the award-winning Natchez Trace Parkway film.

October 12, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Reports Motor Vehicle Collision with Fatality October 11, 2016
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 8:18 a.m., the Natchez Trace Parkway Communications Center received notification of a serious collision that had occurred near milepost 92. Initial reports stated that two vehicles collided with a possible fatality. U.S. Park Rangers, Clinton Police Department, Clinton Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, and the Hinds County Coroner responded to the scene. The Hinds County Coroner pronounced a young female passenger deceased at the scene.

October 12, 2016
Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released August
“During August 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in the number of recreational visits over the 2015 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 536,147 visitors used the Parkway during August 2016 compared to 492,061 who were counted in 2015.”

October 12, 2016
UPDATE: Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Fire Restrictions in Mississippi October 12, 2016
Due to elevated forest fire danger, the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) has placed burn restrictions on all open fires effective immediately. The restrictions correspond with the fire restrictions requested by the County Board of Supervisors (Adams, Attala, Clay, Chickasaw, Chocktaw, Claiborne, Hinds, Leake, Lee, Madison, Itawamba, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Warren, Webster) and approved by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The ban currently affects the Parkway between mileposts 0 to 10.5 and 31.9 to 309. As of October 12, 2016, areas of the Parkway, located in Alabama and Tennessee, are not affected.

October 11, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Announces the Availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Wetland and Floodplain Statement of Findings for the Chickasaw Heritage Center Access Road
The National Park Service (NPS) has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) decision and a final Wetland Statement of Findings. These documents analyzed the impacts of construction of an access road (milepost 262, Lee County, Mississippi) and are available to the public online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/natr.

October 07, 2016
UPDATE: Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Fire Restrictions in Mississippi
Due to elevated forest fire danger, the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) has placed burn restrictions on all open fires effective immediately. The restrictions correspond with the fire restrictions requested by the County Board of Supervisors (Clay, Chickasaw, Chocktaw, Hinds, Lee, Itawamba, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Warren, Webster) and approved by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The ban currently affects the Parkway between mileposts 61 to 95 and 180 to 309. As of October 3, 2016, areas of the Parkway, located in Alabama and Tennessee, are not affected.

October 07, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Junior Ranger Program: Digging History
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Digging History!” a special Junior Ranger program to be held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00 am. Do you like to dig in the dirt, figure out stories from clues or learn about the past? These are all things archaeologists do—maybe you are one, too! Join a park ranger for this 45 minute hands-on program to learn about the important role archaeology plays in telling the story of the Natchez Trace Parkway. This program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old but everyone is welcome. All park resources are protected by law, and Parkway staff work closely with professional archeologists to monitor and protect cultural sites.

October 07, 2016
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center October 22, 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 October 22, 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.

October 06, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Fire Restrictions in Mississippi
Due to elevated forest fire danger, the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) has placed burn restrictions on all open fires effective immediately. The restrictions correspond with the fire restrictions requested by the County Board of Supervisors (Clay, Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Lee, Itawamba, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Webster,) and approved by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The ban currently affects the Parkway between mileposts 203 to 309. As of October 3, 2016, areas of the Parkway, located in Alabama and Tennessee, are not affected.

September 30, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Presents "An October Night Hike"
Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to an “October Night Hike.” Join a park ranger on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center. This one-hour program provides the unique opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Parkway night life from a paved nature trail. Visitors will use all of their senses to discover more about some of the animals that make the Parkway come alive after the sun sets. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged, and participants are welcome to bring flashlights.

September 28, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Hosts Meriwether Lewis Commemoration
he Natchez Trace Parkway will celebrate the life and legacy of Meriwether Lewis at the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site on October 8 (9:00 am to 4:15 pm) and October 9 (9:00 am to 2:00 pm). 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. The visitor center and museum will be open in the restored cabin with available educational materials about the Parkway and Meriwether Lewis.

September 28, 2016
Natchez Trace Parkway Finalizes Vegetation Map
After ten years of planning, field verification, and refinement the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) has acquired a complete vegetation mapping inventory. Working through the National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science office, the Gulf Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network, NatureServe, and the United States Geological Survey were hired to provide the needed technical expertise for such a large endeavor. The resulting vegetation map illustrates the vegetation and land cover on Parkway land. “This baseline data is valuable information to Parkway management for managing habitat, watersheds, wildlife, and fire,” stated Chief of Resource Management Lisa McInnis.

September 28, 2016
Read with a Ranger: "My, Oh My-a Butterfly"
The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come enjoy the Read with a Ranger program at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Parkway Visitor Center. This month’s featured story is “My, Oh My a Butterfly.” Children will listen to the story and then explore the stages of metamorphosis from an egg to a butterfly. They will learn fun facts about butterfly communities found not only along the Natchez Trace Parkway but also in their own backyards.

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 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
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 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.

October 26, 2015
Natchez Trace Parkway to Implement Detour in Lewis County, Tennessee
Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that the Little Swan Bridge at milepost 386.9 in Lewis County, TN will be replaced, and a detour will be implemented for motorized and non-motorized traffic. Work will begin November 2, 2015, with the anticipated completion in the fall of 2016.

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Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone:

(800) 305-7417
Please call the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 1-800-305-7417. The Parkway Visitor Center is open everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Central Time) except December 25. To contact the park's headquarters, call 662-680-4025 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Central Time).

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