Hikers on a trail with their dog on a leash.
Pets can be on trails along the Parkway, as long as they are on a leash.

Image by Marc Muench.  NPS/©Muench

Pets are allowed along trails and viewpoints of the Natchez Trace Parkway under the following conditions:

  • Pets must always be on a leash six feet or shorter
  • Please clean up after your pet
  • Only service animals are allowed inside Parkway buildings.
For your dog's well being, please remember to carry water on hot days or long hikes. During warmer months tick repellent is highly recommended.
A large spotted dog with a BARK ranger badge and book
A Natchez Trace Parkway Bark Ranger.

NPS Photo: J Farmer

You and your dog can work together to earn a BARK Ranger dog tag. Visit our Parkway Visitor Center at milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi, or other visitor contact stations, to find out how your dog can become a BARK Ranger.
Find out more about the National Park Service BARK Ranger program.

Last updated: April 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

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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