Natchez Trace Parkway. Basic information for visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway

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Natchez Trace Parkway. Basic information for visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway

From southwestern Mississippi, in Natchez, through northwestern Alabama, to central Tennessee, in Nashville

Natchez Trace Parkway

From southwestern Mississippi, in Natchez,

through northwestern Alabama, to central Tennessee, in Nashville

 

The 444-mi parkway commemorates the historic Natchez Trace, a series of trails used by Natchez, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Cherokee peoples. The Trace later served European explorers, boatmen, settlers, soldiers, outlaws, itinerant preachers, and missionaries as a trade and transportation route, helping to form the old Southwest. The unit was established as a National Park Service unit on May 18, 1938.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Bicycling, driving, fishing, hiking, horseback riding. Facilities: Mount Locust Visitor Center (mile 15.5), Colbert Ferry Information Kiosk (mile 327.3), Kosciusko Information Center (mile 160). Jeff Busby Site (mile 193.1), Meriwether Lewis Site (mile 385.9), Rocky Springs Site (mile 54.8). Book and map sales. Programs & Events: 12-minute film. Ranger-led tours of Mount Locust (Feb.-Nov., daily); crafts demonstrations at Mississippi Crafts Center (weekends May-Oct.). Meriwether Lewis Crafts Fair (2nd weekend, Oct.), Pioneer and Indian Crafts Fair (Oct.). Tips & Hints: Pick up parkway map and guide at visitor center. Listing of local bicycle shops at visitor center. Check for parkway detours; last 15 mi on north end may close during inclement weather. Go Mar. and Apr. for wildflowers, Oct. and Nov. for fall colors. Busiest in Apr. and Oct., least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: 3 campgrounds (free; flush toilets) in the park: Jeff Busby (mile 193.1; 18 sites), Meriwether Lewis (mile 385.9 in Tennessee; 32 sites), Rocky Springs (mile 54.8; 22 sites). Federal, state, and private campgrounds available along length of parkway.  Hotels: See Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site for Tupelo area, Natchez National Historical Park for Natchez area. X Restaurants: See Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site for Tupelo area, Natchez National Historical Park for Natchez area.  Groceries & Gear: Camp store at Jeff Busby (mile 193.1).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Mississippi, Alabama, or Tennessee state fishing license required. No hunting. Leashed pets only. No bicycling or motorized vehicles on trails. Speed limit 50 mph unless otherwise posted. No commercial vehicles. Parkway open daily. Visitor center open daily 8-5. Mount Locust Visitor Center open Feb.-Nov, daily 8-5. Colbert Ferry Information Kiosk open Apr.-Nov, daily 8-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

100 mi south of Memphis, TN, via U.S. 78. Closest airports: Nashville, TN, Jackson, MS.

 

CONTACTS

Natchez Trace Parkway (2680 Natchez Trace Pkwy., Tupelo, MS 38804, tel. 800/305-7417; 662/680-4025 headquarters; 800/305-7417 closures and detours, fax 662/680-4033,). Natchez Tourism (640 S. Canal St., Natchez, MS 39120, tel. 800/647-6724). Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau (1221 Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 39183, tel. 800/221-3536). Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau (921 N. President St., Box 1450, Jackson, MS 39215-1450, tel. 601/960-1891 or 800/354-7695). Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau (399 E. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804, tel. 662/841-6521). Tennessee Department of Tourism (320 6th Ave. N, Rachel Jackson Bldg., 5th fl., Nashville, TN 37243, tel. 615/741-2158). Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce (Box 156, Franklin, TN 37065-0156, tel. 800/356-3445). Nashville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, tel. 615/259-4747 or 800/657-6910). Mississippi Crafts Center (mile 102, tel. 662/856-7546).

Natchez Trace Parkway. Basic information for visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway

From southwestern Mississippi, in Natchez, through northwestern Alabama, to central Tennessee, in Nashville