A Walk through History

The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is five sections of hiking trail running roughly parallel to the 444-mile long Natchez Trace Parkway scenic motor road.  The foot trails total more than 60 miles and offer opportunities to explore wetlands, swamps, hardwood forest, and the history of the area.
For What's Open What's Close visit www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/what-is-open-what-is-closed.htm

a section of the Old Natchez Trace known as sunken trail due to the erosion along the path.
Hike a Section of the Scenic Trail

Today the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail consists of five separate sections--over 60 miles--developed for hiking and horseback riding.

a family and their dog hike along a section of the trail in a prairie.
Places To Go

Discover the many different trailheads of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Trailhead of HIghland Rim Section. Trees with yellow and orange leaves border both sides of trail.
Highland Rim Section

This twenty mile section is a popular hiking and equestrian corridor for visitors south of Nashville in Tennessee.

two people on a wooden foot bridge looking down at the water below.
Blackland Prairie Section

The Blackland Prairie Section is six miles in length located hear Tupelo, Mississippi.

Trail intersection. Brown painted sign points to two different trails. Tall pine trees border trail
Yockanookany Section

North of Jackson, Mississippi the Yockanookany Section is the longest of the five developed trail sections at 26 miles.

Sun is setting on trail with green grass and tall pine trees on either side of trail.
Rocky Springs Section

The Rocky Springs Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is a little over 6 mile section located near Port Gibson, Mississippi.

2 hikers walk away from viewer. 20 foot steep embankments are on both sides of the trail.
Potkopinu Section

The Potkopinu Section is 3 miles long and it is longest section of Old Natchez Trace in the park.

2 Leave No Trace cards with Leave No Trace principles printed on each card
Leave No Trace

Following the Leave No Trace Seven Principles can help us minimize those impacts on the Natchez Trace.

A dirt trail through a lush green forest.
National Scenic Trails Showcase Beauty

National Scenic Trail routes traverse beautiful terrain, and connect communities, significant landmarks and public lands.

A woman walking a dog on a boardwalk through a shadowy forest.
Trails are for Fun and Safe Adventures

Breathtaking landscapes and engaging historical sites inspire mental, physical and spiritual health.

A wide sunken trail with people walking on it.
Resources & Tips for Safe Responsibility

Do your part on social media! Use #RecreateResponsibly in your posts to inspire others.

A road with a Scenic Trail sign on one side and a Closed sign on the other.
Before you Go, Check to See if It's Open

From time to time, there are trail closers because of unsafe conditions. Some closures are short term, others are for years.

Last updated: June 15, 2023

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


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