What is Open and What is Closed

To Plan Ahead - Easy as 1 - 2 - 3

1) Check our Operating Hours

2) Check Alerts in Effect at Current Conditions (be sure to look at ALL the Alerts, emergency and non-emergency.

3) Check below for closures. Places not listed on any of these three lists should be open.

NOTE: Road closures and detours are listed in Alerts in Effect

 

Planned Road Closures

It is not possible to predict time frames as the road work is done by contractors whose work time frame changes wtih repaving complications and weather.

We are expecting a change in detours to start Phase 2 around the first week in May. That closure will include the portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway between milepost 303 MS HWY 25 near Tishomingo, MS) and just south of the Tennessee River, north of Cherokee, AL. To see maps, and directions please visit our Phase 2 webpage.

The roadway between milepost 293 and 303 will open when the road is complete. There may be some time when the Parkway is closed between milepost 293 (Bay Springs/Dennis) and milepost 326 (just south of Colbert Ferry)

To see the current plans for all closures in the Alabama area visit our Planned Roadwork webpage.

 

Temporarily Closed Pulloffs & Trails

Some pulloffs and trails are closed due to storm damage and/or unsafe conditions. Please check the current alerts for short term closures.

Rocky Springs Hiking Trail - Partial Closure

Milepost 55 to Milepost 59
Hiking: The trail is open from the north terminus to about a mile north of Owens Creek Waterfall.

Equestrian: The Rocky Springs section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is closed from Rocky Springs Campground to Fisher Ferry Road for equestrian traffic due to unsafe conditions caused by trail erosion and bridge deficiencies.

Yockanookany Hiking & Horse Trail - Partial Closure

Milepost 108 to Milepost 131
The Yockanookany section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is closed to equestrian use due to safety concerns with bridges and boardwalks. The trail remains open to pedestrians.

Myrick Creek Walking Trail (Milepost 145.1)

Closed due to storm damage sustained in 2020.

Cole Creek parking lot (Milepost 175.6)

Closed due to erosion issues. Repairs are in progress.


Blackland Prairie Hiking & HorseTrail - Closed between Chickasaw Village Site to West Jackson Street in Tupelo. (Milepost 260.8 to Milepost 261.8)

The Blackland Prairie section of the Natchez Trace Scenic Trail from West Jackson Street to Chickasaw Village Site is closed to pedestrian and equestrian use due to storm damage sustained in 2020. Pedestrians may access the trail from milepost 261.8 to milepost 266. The entire trail is closed to equestrian use due to lack of horse trailer parking availability.
The culverts will be replaced with bridges. The repair work is scheduled for 2023.


Donovan Slough (Milepost 283.3)

Temporary closure due to bridge repairs.

 

Closed Comfort Stations

  • Coles Creek (mp17.5) for repairs.
  • Rocky Springs (mp 54.8) contact station restrooms are closed. There is no potable water anywhere at Rocky Springs due to a leak on the line before it enters Natchez Trace Parkway. The Rocky Springs campground restrooms toilets are open.
  • Jeff Busby Picnic Area (mp 193.1)
  • Jackson Falls (mp 404.7) due to septic tank issues

 

Closed Exhibits and Buildings

  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays: Meriwether Lewis Contact Station (mp 385.9) and Mount Locust Inn and Plantation (mp 15.5)
  • Parkway Information Cabin (mp 102.4) in Ridgeland, MS
  • Please check Operating Hours & Seasons for information on specific sites.
 

Open:

  • Outdoor spaces such as roadways, trails, pullouts, and roadside exhibits, except for those listed above.
  • All bicycle-only campgrounds with no potable water access
  • Parkway Visitor Center (mp 266) in Tupelo, MS.
  • Mount Locust Inn & Plantation, information center, historic house and grounds (mp 15.5) are open Wednesday-Sunday 9:00AM-4:30PM (weather permitting).
  • Jeff Busby (mp 193.1) campground.
  • Meriwether Lewis Campground. (mp 385.9)
  • Meriwether Lewis Information Cabin is open Wednesday-Sunday 9:00AM-3:00PM (weather permitting).
  • Rocky Springs Campground (mp 54.8)
    • Restroom toilets are open, but there is no potable water.

Open Comfort Stations

  • Tennessee to Mississippi State Line
    • Comfort Station at Garrison Creek (mp 425)

    • Gordon House Comfort Station (mp 407.7)

    • Restrooms at Meriwether Lewis Site and Campground (mp 385.9)
    • Jack's Branch Comfort Station (mp 377.8)
    • Comfort Station nearest the Parkway at Colbert Ferry & Boat Dock/Picnic area. (mp 327.3)
    • River Bend (mp 122.6)
  • Mississippi State Line to Jackson
    • Comfort Station at Pharr Mounds (mp 287)
    • Parkway Visitor Center restroooms (mp 266)
    • Witch Dance ( mp 233.2)
    • Jeff Busby by Parkway (mp 193.2) (Picnic conmfort station closed)
    • Holly Hill (mp 154.3)
  • Jackson to Natchez, MS
    • Comfort station at the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland (mp 102)
    • Rocky Springs campground (not the contact station). No potable water anywhere at Rocky Springs.
    • Coles Creek (mp 17.5)
    • Mount Locust (mp 15.5) with limited access to restrooms (please check Open Hours)

Last updated: May 18, 2022

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Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo , MS 38804

Phone:

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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