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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

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Events Planned to Celebrate ‘Muscle Shoals’ Documentary Television Debut

The “Muscle Shoals” documentary will makes its debut on National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Alabama Public Television (APT) on Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 24, footage from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction banquet will air on APT at 7 p.m. and will be followed by another showing of the documentary. Continue reading

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Glitz and Glam

Glitz and Glam

The third annual Glitz and Glam, a jewelry and accessories show, is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014, and will be held indoors at the Lewis County Middle School gymnasium, 310 Park Ave. South, located 3 blocks south of downtown Hohenwald, Tennessee. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Nature Bingo,” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading

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Ole Tyme Music Gathering by Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo State Park will be hosting the 36th Annual Hollis Long / Archie Lee Memorial Ole’ Tyme Music Gathering on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Loochapola Lodge starting at approximately 12:00 noon and concluding around 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway is planning to conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Lewis County, TN between April 1 and April 2. Continue reading

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Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway is planning to conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Lewis County, TN between March 26 and March 28. The prescribed fire is located at Milepost 386. Continue reading

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Wildflower Walk at the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Join a Park Ranger for a Wildflower Walk on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 10:00 am at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi). This one-hour program will take participants on an easy walk through both prairie and forest ecosystems, and will include wildflower identification and ecology. Visitors are encouraged to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Continue reading

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Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway is planning to conduct two prescribed fires (controlled burns) in Lee County, MS between March 20 and March 22. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Visitation for 2013 is Released

HEADQUARTERS, TUPELO, MS: The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in recreational visits in 2013 despite the Government shutdown. More than 6.01 million people used and visited the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013, which is up from the 5.56 million people on the Parkway in 2012. This made the Natchez Trace Parkway the eighth most visited National Park Service site. When the non-recreational user numbers, such as commuters in the Tupelo and Ridgeland areas, are added to the equations, more than 14.7 million people used the Parkway in 2013. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Temporary Single Lane Bridge Closure in Colbert and Lauderdale Counties in Alabama

CHEROKEE, AL: Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that inspections to the bridge over the Tennessee River near Cherokee, Alabama, will require the closure of one lane on the bridge starting Tuesday, March 11, through Saturday, March 15, 2014. Continue reading

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Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS – The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014. 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

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Natchez Trace Parkway Tourism Creates $125.9 Million in Local Economic Benefits

HEADQUARTERS, TUPELO, MS: A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Traveler Advisory Icy Conditions on Northern Portions of Parkway

TUPELO, MS: A traveler advisory is in effect for the Natchez Trace Parkway from mile post (mp) 266 (Mississippi) north. Continue reading

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Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway is planning to conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Lee County, MS on February 28. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Announces Availability of Wetland Statement of Findings for Chiwapa Creek Bank Stabilization

TUPELO, MS: The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a wetland and floodplain Statement of Findings (SOF) that analyzes impacts of a bank stabilization project at Chiwapa Creek (milepost 253, Lee County, Mississippi). The purpose of the project is to remove an island sandbar within the creek that causes water diversion and increased streambank erosion, and to mitigate existing erosion of the streambank using rip rap/rock. This SOF documents compliance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990, which govern protection of wetlands and management of floodplains. Continue reading

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The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association

TUPELO, MS – 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, March 1, 2014, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Traveler Advisory Winter Storm Weather Advisory

TUPELO, MS: A traveler advisory is in effect for the Natchez Trace Parkway from Jackson, MS (milepost 100) to the Alabama state line (milepost 310).

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and advisories for these areas. A mixture of sleet, freezing rain, ice and snow can be expected beginning Monday evening and extending into Tuesday evening. The greatest area of impact on the Parkway is expected to be between Kosciusko, MS and Tupelo, MS. Continue reading

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