Permits & Reservations


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.

Special Use Permits - A special park use is an activity that takes place on park land or waters that meets the following criteria:

  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large,
  • Requires written authorization and some degree of National Park Service (NPS) management to protect park resources and public interests,
  • Is not prohibited by law,
  • Not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS,
  • Is not managed under a concession contract and,
  • Is not managed through a lease.

Religious Ceremonies
1st Amendment
House Move
Bus (school or church)
Scattering Ashes

Agricultural Lease Program

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:

1. In-park services. "In-park services" refers to an operation with annual gross receipts of not more than $25,000 from commercial services originating and provided within park area.
2. Out-of-park services. "Out-of-park services" refers to the incidental use of park area resources by operations that provide commercial services originating and terminating outside of the park area (or within an inholding).

Charter Bus
Commercial Filming/Photography

All permits are issued from the Chief Ranger's Office, located in Tupelo, Mississippi. If you have questions about permits, please call Monday thru Friday 8 am-4:30 pm (662) 680-4014. Applications can be faxed to (662) 680-4034. Applications may be mailed to:

Natchez Trace Parkway
Chief Ranger's Office - Permit Application
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804



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: September 6, 2017

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


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