Natchez Trace Parkway Is Beginning To Increase Recreational Access To Mount Locust, Near Milepost 15.5

Natchez, MS – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Natchez Trace Parkwayis increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.  

Beginning August 21, 2020, Natchez Trace Parkway plans to reopen access to:    

  • Mount Locust grounds and historic house as a self-directed experience  
  • Visitor information and restrooms at the Mount Locust Information Center   
  • Please check our website for specific information on when the site is open.  

In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:   

  • All outdoor spaces, including all roadways, trails, pullouts, and roadside exhibits along the Parkway  
  • The Visitors Center and restrooms located at milepost 266, in Tupelo, MS 
  • The restrooms at Colbert’s Ferry, located in Colbert County, AL  
  • Meriwether Lewis comfort station, near milepost 386, in Hohenwald, Tennessee

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed currently:  

  • Some comfort stations, check website for accessible comfort stations 
  • Ridgeland Information Cabin, Ridgeland, MS  
  • Meriwether Lewis Campground and Information Cabin, Hohenwald, TN   

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Natchez Trace Parkway, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.   

A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases.We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.  

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and on Facebook @NatchezTraceParkwayNPS. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

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