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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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Portions of the Natchez Trace Parkway Impassable

The Natchez Trace Parkway is closed to all traffic from Mississippi Highway 8, near mile marker 230, north to the Alabama state line. The Parkway is currently experiencing dangerous and impassable road conditions from Hwy 8 north to the Alabama state line. Rangers report that dozens of vehicles are stuck or have gone off the roadway due to the hazardous conditions. The Parkway should not be considered as an alternate route to state roadways. Continue reading



As a result of winter weather conditions, the Natchez Trace Parkway has issued a travel advisory from Hwy 8 near Houston, MS to the northern terminus near Nashville, TN. Continue reading


Natchez Trace Parkway Pioneer Day – February 28

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, February 28, 2015. Continue reading