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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 $136 Million in Local Economic Benefits

Tupelo, MS – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,846,473 visitors to Natchez Trace Parkway in 2014 spent $136 million in communities near the park, which supported 1,843 jobs in the local area. Continue reading


Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway – Jan/Feb/Mar

From January through March 2015, the Natchez Trace Parkway experienced decreases in the number of recreational visits over the 2014 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. Continue reading


Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center

The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The presentations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840. Continue reading