Certain activities within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway may require a permit. The use of commercial buses on the Parkway also requires a permit. The Parkway implemented a new cost recovery program for the issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA). Filming within the park may also require a permit, depending the nature of, and the extent of the filming. If your filming activity involves multiple vehicles, it may be considered a large filming activity and require a more extensive application. For questions and permit applications, please contact the Ranger Activities Assistant by calling (662) 680-4014 or email us.
Special Use Permits - A special park use is an activity that takes place on park land or waters that meets the following criteria:
The following are some of the activities that may require a Special Use Permit. Please contact the Ranger Activities Assistant for questions and permit applications by calling (662) 680-4014 or email us.
Please note- New guidance is forthcoming on the issuance of CUA’s. For a road based commercial tour (charter bus), the company who owns the bus needs to obtain the CUA. If you are a travel company that coordinates and schedules a tour through a charter company, you do not need to obtain the CUA.
All permits are issued from the Chief Ranger's Office, located in Tupelo, Mississippi. If you have questions about permits or want a permit application, please call Monday thru Friday 8 am-4:30 pm (662) 680-4014 or email us. Applications can be faxed to (662) 680-4034. Applications may be mailed to:
Natchez Trace Parkway
Camping at any of the park's three campgrounds - Rocky Springs, Jeff Busby, or Meriwether Lewis is free of charge, available on a first come, first served basis, and does not require any reservations. Campgrounds are typically busiest during the spring and fall, especially during holiday weekends.
Last updated: March 20, 2020