Things to Know Before You Visit

It's Free

Your tax dollars pay for amenities on the Parkway. There are no entrance or campground fees.

Not All Visitor Centers are Open at All Times

Check our Basic Information before you make your plans.

Where to Quickly Find Information

  • You can find all the planning information you need on this site.
  • Check out the drop down menus to find important information for your trip

The Mobile App has Great Information

We can be found on the free, National Park Service app that includes all national parks.
Go to your app store and download the app and search by Name. Type in Natchez Trace Parkway.
Hint: do not use parks "Near Me", as the app only pinpoints one location in each park. We have 444-miles of locations!
We suggest:

  • Download the app page for the Parkway right before you start your visit. We have some areas with no cell coverage, so having the app downloaded will be helpful. If you download too early, you may miss important changes.
  • Pay attention to the alerts. Visit our Facebook page for up to the minute information

Social Media

Scroll to the bottom of this page for links to current information on social media.

Cell Phone Coverage has Gaps

While most of the Parkway has cell coverage, the road goes through very rural areas, some without cell coverage
A wooden barrier with a sign that says road closed and fines up to $5000.

There are Often Detours

It's a parkway and parkways need repaving. At any one time, there is likely to be a portion of the parkway closed to traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. Check our Alerts for current detours. Fines are heavy for violations.

Normal Driving Times

  • 10 1/2 hours from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN
  • 4 to 4.5 hours from Tupelo, MS to Nashville, TN
  • 3.5 to 4 hours from Tupelo, MS to Jackson, MS
  • 5.5 to 6 hours from Tupelo, MS to Natchez, MS

Speed Limit

50 miles an hour in most places, less in some areas

RV Height/Length

  • 14' high
  • Total overall length 55'


The Parkway is a Designated Bicycle Route

  • Bicyclists can blend into the scenery - drivers stay alert
  • Bicylists should wear hi-viz clothing and use lights

Storms Can be Dangerous

  • Keep up with the weather
  • Trees fall during and after storms
  • During severe storms, find an alternate route
  • Tornadoes are possible.
  • Flooding on the Parkway is rare but not impossible
  • Ice and snow are not frequent, but can happen. We do not treat our roads. Find an alternate route.

Last updated: April 14, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


800 305-7417
The Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS, is open 9am-4:30pm seven days a week. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.

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