Detour implemented near Tupelo, MS on July 19

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Release Date: July 15, 2021
Contact: Mandi Toy,, 662-680-4017 

Detour implemented near Tupelo, MS on July 19 

Temporary closure from Milepost 257 to 262 

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway and nearby Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail will close to all traffic including vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians beginning July 19, 2021. A detour will be implemented from Milepost 257 to 262. 

The detour will provide safer site conditions for construction workers who are paving the motor road, access ramps, and scenic pullouts. It will also enhance safety for park staff and national park visitors while the work is in progress. The detour will be in place from Pontotoc Parkway (Milepost 257) via Highway 45 to McCollough Blvd (Milepost 262). The closure includes the Cliff Gookin Blvd and Main Street parkway access ramps. Travelers are encouraged to follow the signed detours to navigate around the closure. 

The Blackland Prairie section of Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail will be closed from the Jackson Street Trailhead to McCollough Blvd. Hikers may still enjoy the Northern most section of trail from Old Town Overlook (MP 263.9) to the Northern Terminus Trailhead (MP 266). 

The closure is anticipated to last until early October. This is the first of two planned closures that are part of a road improvement project around Tupelo, MS. The second closure will be north of Milepost 262 and near Park Headquarters later this year. Updates to the road status will be made when available on the park website at and on Facebook @NatchezTraceParkwayNPS, or call (800) 305-7417.