Trails by Area, Along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Two map brochures on a backpack.
The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is a separate park from Natchez Trace Parkway

NPS Photo Jane Farmer

The Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail are two different national park units managed by the same officials. The Natchez Trace Parkway generally has shorter nature trails, and the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail has longer trails which are accessed from and protected by the Parkway.

Below, we have divided the Parkway into sections and listed the trails for each section. Click on the section you are interested in to see a table of all trails in that section with distances and descriptions.

You will find a complete PDF list of trails for the entire Parkway here.

For emergencies call 911. Tell the dispatcher exactly where you are and that you are on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Trails By Location


For Individuals with Mobility Needs

The Parkway was designed in the 1930s and 40s. We are busy updating our trails to make them accessible to more people. In the mean time, if you download the trails list, or follow the links to trails by area, the information about each trail will indicate whether it meets ADA accessibility guidelines. It also lists which trails may be partially accessible.

Most of our trails are fairly level with the exception of Jackson Falls, Fall Hollow, and portions of other trails. We have frequent blow downs blocking some trails. You may also find intermittent muddy spots, roots, and rocks. We are working on improving our descriptions of trails, so if you have any suggestions,please submit them here.

Before you head out on a trail, please check the What’s Open What’s Closed page on our website

For emergencies call 911: tell the dispatcher exactly where you are and that you are on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

A large dog walking with a person on a paved trail.
Some trails are paved, and others are rustic.

Photo courtesy of S. Johnson

Be Safe on the Trails.

  • Plan your hike with the weather and your fitness in mind
  • Hike with a friend
  • Carry plenty of water
  • Wear closed toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you should be expected to return
  • Stay on the trail
  • Avoid all wildlife
  • Avoid poisonous plants
  • Do not hike in storms
  • Be aware that cell phones do not work in some places
  • Dogs must be leashed; 6’ maximum
  • Use insect repellent
  • Always watch where you put your hands, feet and seat.
  • Remember rocks in streams are very slick

Last updated: November 9, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


800 305-7417
The Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS, is open 9am-4:30pm seven days a week. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.

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