Basic Information

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Directions to the Natchez Trace Parkway vary greatly depending on what part of the tri-state Parkway you are trying to reach. There are more than 50 roads that access the Parkway in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. For specific questions concerning how to get to a certain portion of the Parkway, please call the Visitor Center at 1-800-305-7417.

Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace Parkway is open all year, day and night. Operating hours for information centers and some locations do vary. Severe weather resulting in washouts and downed trees can cause temporary road closures. Questions about road condition should be directed to the Parkway's visitor center by calling 1-800-305-7417.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Mississippi, Alabama, and most of Tennessee are classified as humid subtropical climates. The weather ranges from mild winters to hot summers. Average high temperatures reach into the high 80's in summer, and into the high 40's in winter. Thunderstorms are common in Mississippi, especially in the southern part of the state, and from June through November, the state is occasionally affected by hurricanes moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Check local forecasts to plan your trip.

Entrance Fees:

No entrance fee - $0.00

There is no fee to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway. Visitors can enter the Parkway, free of charge, from dozens of county, state, and U.S. roads in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Please refer to the Parkway Map for places to access the Parkway. Enjoy your visit!

Mount Locust Information Center

Mount Locust, at milepost 15.5, is the only remaining inn, or "stand" on the Parkway. Mount Locust allows you to see what the "Kaintucks" may have experienced at the road side stands. The site is closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. Beginning December 25, the contact station is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and closed on Monday and Tuesday. Rangers are available to share information on the historic structure.

Meriwether Lewis Information Cabin

The Meriwether Lewis Information Cabin is open seasonally. Call 1-800-305-7417 or 662-680-4027 for updated hours.

Parkway Information Cabin

The Parkway Information Cabin is open seasonally. Call 1-800-305-7417 or 662-680-4027 for updated hours.

Parkway Visitor Center

The Parkway Visitor Center at milepost 266 on the Parkway is open 9am-4:30pm; physical address; 2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS 38804. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (December 25), New Year's Day (January 1). The visitor center restrooms are currently being renovated. Portable restrooms are available. For more information: 1-800-305-7417

A portion of the Old Trace during Autumn as the leaves are changing color.
Fall colors along the Old Trace, milepost 221.4.

NPS / Michael Dozier

At 444 miles long, the Natchez Trace Parkway leads travelers through three states and 10,000 years of history. Established as a unit of the National Park Service in 1938, the Parkway commemorates the history and preserves the natural beauty of the most significant travel route of the Old Southwest - the Natchez Trace.

Last updated: June 30, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


(800) 305-7417

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