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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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The Natchez Trace Parkway Debuts New Orientation Film

TUPELO, MS:  The Natchez Trace Parkway debuted a new orientation film on Friday, August 29 at the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, MS.  Funded through the National Scenic Byways Program and produced by Great Divide, Inc., the film showcases the … Continue reading


New Mississippi History Book Released – Book Signing Scheduled

Dr. Ben Earl Kitchens will autograph books at the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse located at 203 East Quitman Street in Iuka on Friday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m. and again Saturday, August 30th at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading


Night Hike at the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Join a park ranger on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi) for a Night Hike. Continue reading