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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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Natchez Trace Parkway Traveler Advisory Bridges Remain Icy on Southern Portions of Parkway

TUPELO, MS: A traveler advisory is in effect for the Natchez Trace Parkway from mile post 100 at Jackson, MS south to mile post 0 at Natchez, MS. The National Weather Service in Jackson, MS has issued a winter weather advisory for accumulating snow and sleet; which is in effect until 5:00 PM this afternoon. Continue reading

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

TUPELO, MS: A traveler advisory is in effect for the Natchez Trace Parkway from mile post 340 (Tennessee/Alabama line) north. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Junior Ranger Day

NATCHEZ, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway will host a Junior Ranger Day at the Mount Locust Information Center on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Junior Rangers will have the opportunity to earn their Junior Ranger Badge, or Junior Boatman Patch by participating in different activities. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Traveler Advisory Bridges Remain Icy on Southern Portions of Parkway

TUPELO, MS: A traveler advisory remains in effect for the Natchez Trace Parkway from mile post 40 (Port Gibson) south. 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 on January 30 and January 31. The prescribed fires are located at: Prescribed Fire Name Milepost Confederate Gravesites 270 Headquarters … Continue reading

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