Plan Your Visit

Plan Ahead


We highly recommend that you download the free National Park Service app that can be found at this link. You will have virtual access to all national parks.

How do I visit?

  • A short afternoon drive, or a walk on a nature trail will provide a taste of what is available to explore along the 444 miles of the Parkway.
  • A three day journey from end to end will allow time to sample a variety of the nature and history along the way.
  • Five days will provide time to explore your favorite areas in depth.
  • Experienced road bicyclists can spend days enjoying 444-miles of scenic byway.
  • Hikers of all abilities can explore nature on nearly 100 trails ranging from short and paved to rustic trails 27 miles one way.
  • Check out the top ten insider tips for planning your visit.

What to expect.

  • By design, there are no food, gas, or lodging services "on" the Parkway. Hidden beyond the trees, in the many communities along the Parkway's 444-mile length, there is everything that you need and many local venues worth exploring.
  • The Parkway maintains restrooms along the way.
  • Cell phone coverage can be spotty. (save the Natchez Trace Parkway section of the app to your phone)
  • The Parkway road is two lane and only 11 feet wide with no shoulder.
  • Stopping points include frequent pullouts with interpretive signs about history and nature, and larger acreages of land featuring nature and history.

Basic Information

The Parkway roadway is open 24-hours a day, weather permitting. (please avoid the Parkway during bad weather)

Click here for hours, directions, and more basic information.

Oops...not open?

Sometimes the extraordinary complexity of the Parkway forces us to close buildings, exhibits, or make partial road closures.. Check here for a current list of What is Open, What is Closed.

Last updated: November 9, 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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