Closure for Paving in Alabama in Near Future - Plan for Detour

Phase Two of a nearly $40 million rehabilitation project will begin this spring (2022) and Phase Three will follow, continuing through summer 2022. The project will consist of complete rehabilitation of the main line motor-road, mill & overlay of ramps and pull-off areas, traffic safety improvements, and accessibility improvements from MP 322 (Hwy 72, Cherokee, AL) to 331 (north side of the Tennessee River Bridge). Project funding is provided by a grant from Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP), the National Park Service, and the Federal Highway Administration Federal Lands Transportation Project (FLTP) program.

The routes for detours are not yet determined.

Safety is Your Priority - Ride Safe to Ride Home

Planning for a great trip includes knowing the environment before you get there. Check out the information below to have a great ride.

Planning Your Bicycle Trip


1. The Natchez Trace Parkway has bicycle-only campgrounds. In addition to the three campgrounds open to all visitors, bicyclists can enjoy bicycle-only campgrounds.

2. Ride single file and as far to the right as practicable. Bicycle regulations and safety guidelines apply for the safety and enjoyment of all park visitors.

3. Make yourself visible. Millions of visitors travel the Parkway each year, many more in vehicles than bicycles. Use of high-visibility clothing and bicycle lights greatly increases bicyclist visibility.

4. Signs directing you to supplies and amenities are limited along the Parkway. Know where to exit the Parkway for supplies and amenities before setting out on your adventure.

5. Spring and fall are the most popular times to bicycle the Natchez Trace Parkway. The summers can be hot and humid. Drink plenty of water, be weather aware, take time to explore and know your limits.

6. Cell phone service is not always available. To help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, carry a first aid kit and a bicycle repair kit. In emergency situations, call 911. Report all incidents involving cyclists to the Natchez Trace Parkway at 1.800.300.7275. Bicycle services are available in communities neighboring the Parkway.

7. Leaving a personal vehicle while bicycling the Parkway is permissible. Download the Extended Parking Form below or call the Natchez Trace Parkway during business hours at 1.800.305.7417. For a list of possible parking areas please see extended vehicle parking.
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8. Certain activities within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway may require a permit. Check to see if your bike ride will require a Special Use Permit.

9. The Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail is a great alternate route for bicyclists traveling through the Jackson, MS area during times of increased commuter traffic. Traffic is the heaviest in the Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Area Monday thru Friday 5:00 am - 8:00 am and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information on the Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail click here.

10. Changes in elevation along the Parkway might appear minimal. Sections of sustained elevation gain may catch you off guard, if not prepared. Know your limits, and balance the number of miles to the difficulty of the terrain.

Electronic bicycles are allowed on the Natchez Trace Parkway where traditional bicycles are allowed.


Last updated: March 14, 2022

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo , MS 38804


800 305-7417
The Visitor Center is open during normal business hours seven days a week. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.

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