Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway are Released

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Date: July 15, 2016
Contact: Maggie Walker, 662-680-4005

HEADQUARTERS, TUPELO, MS: "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." 

Month

2016

2015

January

464,284

470,262

February

435,680

414,844

March

491,630

484,650

April

514,979

509,178

May

493,427

486,175

June

525,501

516,654

Year to Date

2,925,321

2,881,957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"National parks are often touted as being our best idea," stated Risser, "and our public use visitation records seem to back up that statement. Public use records date back more than a century to 1904, when the national park idea was still new. In that first year, six national parks reported their visitation for a total of 149,954 visitors. In 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) received more than 300 million recreation visits for the first time in its history. In this record-setting year, 57 NPS units set a new record for annual recreation visits, and 11 units had more than 5 million recreation visits, including the Natchez Trace Parkway."

Two of the three states that the Parkway runs through experienced increases in visitation in 2015. Visitation to Tennessee's NPS units grew by 3.6 percent and Alabama grew by 5.2 percent, but Mississippi's numbers dropped 3 percent. "We speculate that this decrease in Mississippi's numbers may be due to the sesquicentennial celebrations at Civil War sites in 2014," stated Risser. "The Parkway's numbers were down 1 percent in each of the three states last year."

State

Recreational Visits

Tennessee

8,773,891

Alabama

792,477

Mississippi

6,359,646

The Natchez Trace Parkway has numerous recreational activities to match any interest or experience level. Whether camping, motorcycling, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, or horseback riding there are countless opportunities to experience the history, culture, and natural resources of the area.

To find out more about upcoming programs and general information about the Natchez Trace Parkway, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/natr.

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Last updated: July 15, 2016

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