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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.
The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association
Posted on January 21st, 2015
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi. Continue reading
December Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway is Released
Posted on January 9th, 2015
The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced a significant increase in December recreational visits in 2014 over 2013 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 688,064 people used the Parkway in November compared to 478,080 who were counted in 2013. Continue reading
More than 16,000 Trees Planted Along the Natchez Trace Parkway
Posted on January 7th, 2015
The Natchez Trace Parkway is home to more than 16,000 brand new tree seedlings, planted near the new intersection of Highway 6 and Parkway milepost 257. “When the new roadway came through, some forest was removed,” said Dr. Lisa McInnis, Chief of Resource Management. “This project will restore some of that forested habitat, and provide for scenic protection going into the future.” Continue reading