Many sections of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail are open to horseback riding. While there are no concessions available on the Natchez Trace Parkway or Scenic Trail, visitors are able to bring horses to ride on the established horse trails. Horseback riding is prohibited on all other areas of the Parkway, including on the roadway itself.
Rules and Regulations
Trailers are permitted on the Parkway when used non-commercially to transport horses for recreational riding, and must be properly equipped with red taillights, red stoplights, and mechanical turn signals. Clearance lights are required on trailers over six feet high.
Trailers carrying over one ton must be properly equipped with brakes designed so as to be applied by the driver of a towing motor vehicle from its cab and so connected that in case of an accidental breakaway of the towed vehicle the brakes will be applied automatically.
All trailers must be connected to the towing vehicle by means of a safety chain or equivalent device and may not exceed a total length of 55 feet (including vehicle and trailer).
The loading and unloading of horses and pack animals is permitted only at designated horse trailheads, referred to as staging areas on Parkway maps.
All horses transported to or ridden on any park trail shall be accompanied by either the original or a copy of an official negative test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) (aka “Coggins test”) administered within the previous 12 months.
Only one rider per horse is permitted.
Horses are not permitted in the camping or picnic areas. There are hitching posts available in the picnic areas along the Highland Rim Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail near Leiper's Fork, TN. There are private campgrounds off the Parkway that do allow horses, or provide horse stalls and trails.
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Horse Riding Options
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Highland Rim Section (Milepost 408 to 428)
A 3.5-mile loop trail is located in southwest Tupelo, Mississippi, within the boundaries of the Parkway. The parking/staging area is accessed from Jackson Street in Tupelo, MS. From the Natchez Trace Parkway, exit onto Highway 6 at Milepost 260. Travel west on MS Highway 6 for approximately ½ mile to Air Park Road. Turn right and travel north to the end of the road at Jackson Street. Turn right on Jackson Street. A paved parking/staging area is on the left.
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Yockanookany Section (Milepost 115)
Last updated: May 5, 2021