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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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Americana Experience Debuts in May

Venues and community leaders in Franklin, Tennessee have come together to create the Americana Experience, ten music-filled days featuring more than 50 acts performing throughout the area’s restaurants, theatres and music venues. Events begin on Thursday May 22nd and are highlighted by the Americana Music Association’s ‘Cross-County Lines’ Festival (presented by Nissan) on May 31st. Continue reading


March Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway is Released

HEADQUARTERS, TUPELO, MS: “The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in March recreational visits in 2014 over 2013 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 491,577 people used the Parkway in March compared to 349, 273 who were counted in 2013.” Continue reading


Parkway Commemorates National Park Week with “Celebrate Wildlife Weekend” on Saturday, April 26, 2014

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway will recognize National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day with the annual “Celebrate Wildlife Weekend” on Saturday, April 26, at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Continue reading