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The Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway leads you 444 miles through three states and 10,000 years of North American history. Established as a unit of the National Park System in 1938 and officially completed in 2005, the Parkway commemorates the most significant highway of the Old Southwest. The natural travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many centuries. It bisected the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. As the United States expanded westward in the late 1700s and early 1800s, growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly marked path. The ”sunken” sections you can walk along today are clear signs of historic use. In 1801 President Thomas Jefferson designated the Trace a national postal road for the delivery of mail between Nashville and Natchez.

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Natchez Trace Parkway Tourism Creates $138.9 Million in Local Economic Benefits

HEADQUARTERS, TUPELO, MS:  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 6 million visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013 spent $138.9 million in communities near the Park.  This spending supported over 1,698 jobs in the local area. … Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Named Best Hiking Destination

TUPELO, MS – For the second year, the Natchez Trace Parkway was named as a category winner for the best hiking destination in Mississippi.  The winners were chosen by a reader survey highlighted in the July/August issue of Mississippi Magazine. As a … Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Welcomes National Park Foundation Transportation Scholar

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to welcome Transportation Scholar Joel Barnett.  Now in its 13th year, this program selects emerging transportation professionals to work side-by-side with the National Park Service staff to find solutions that address the growing … Continue reading

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