Certain activities within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway may require a special use permit. Below is a list of critera and common activities that may require a permit or a commercial use authorization. Please read thoroughly to see if it applies to your situation. 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. Please note that we must recieve a completed application at least 10 buisness days prior to an event or activity.
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.
Commercial Use Authorization - The NPS, upon request, can issue commercial use authorizations (CUAs) to persons (referring to individuals, corporations, and other entities) to provide commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. There are two general types of commercial services that may be authorized by a CUA:
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. Multi-day road-based tour guidance is available to help operators ensure they are meeting NPS requirements and providing a safer environment for visitors.
Filming & Photography Permits
Generally filming permits are required and are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings.Permits are issued to ensure the protection of resources and to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses.Visit this link for more information.
The Use of Drones is Prohibited
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. Please note that we must recieve a completed application at least 10 buisness days prior to an event or activity. Applications can be faxed to (662) 680-4034. Applications may be mailed to:
Last updated: November 1, 2022