The Natchez Trace Parkway welcomes millions of visitors each year. As a designated bicycling route, thousands of bicyclists travel the Parkway. Bicyclists and motorists have a responsibility to
share the road (PDF 319 KB).
- Know your physical limits. Summers along the Parkway are hot and humid. Be prepared to adjust your route and carry plenty of water.
- Follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
- Ride single-file and on the right (with traffic).
- While bicyclists may use the entire lane when necessary, the Parkway encourages bicyclists to ride as far to the right as is practicable unless
- it is unsafe to do so,
- the bicyclist is passing another bicyclist or pedestrian or
- the bicyclist is preparing for a left-hand turn.
- Use hand signals to let motorists know what you will be doing next.
- Avoid the Tupelo, MS, and Jackson, MS, areas between the hours of 7:00 am - 9:00 am and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, due to an increased volume of vehicle traffic.
- Plan to be off of the Parkway between sundown and sunup. Use lights and reflectors in low-light conditions.
- Use a white light or reflector that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front.
- Use a red light or reflector that is visible from at least 200 feet to the rear.
- In addition to low light conditions, bicyclists will frequently be riding in mixed sun and shade. Using lights and reflectors in these conditions will help bicyclists be more visible.
- Wear brightly-colored, high-visibility clothing and a properly fitting helmet.
- Carry identification and emergency medical information.
- Treat pedestrians with the same courtesy you would expect from motorists.
- Report all incidents involving bicyclists or pedestrians to the Natchez Trace Parkway at (800) 305-7417. In emergency situations, call 911.
Additional information on bicycling regulations is available below.