Natchez Trace Parkway Car Free Bicycling Event Cancelled

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN – The Natchez Trace Parkway will not hold the biannual “Car Free Parkway Experience” day for bicyclists and pedestrians in September 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The event is usually held in May and on the last Saturday of September between mile markers 429 and 440 in Tennessee.

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee continue to be in the top 10 “hot spot” states.  We examine and monitor each operation to ensure that it complies with current public health guidance. We work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public safety.”

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