Natchez Trace Parkway Increases Access to Parkway Comfort Stations

Tupelo, Mississippi – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Natchez Trace Parkway is increasing access to the Parkway Comfort Stations. 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 June 2, 2020, Natchez Trace Parkway will provide comfort station access on a reduced schedule.  Capacity restrictions will be dependent on ability to maintain 6 feet of separation between individuals. Updates will be posted on the park website. 

All other outdoor spaces, including all roadways, trails, pullouts, and roadside exhibits alongthe Parkway remain accessible to the public.  Visitors have access to maps and brochures at the Visitors Center located in Tupelo MS, and online interaction through Facebook posts and emails. We urge our visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

With public health in mind, the Meriwether Lewis Campground, located at Hohenwald TN remains closed at this time.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At the 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.  

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health guidance, including staying home if sick, wearing a mask in public, avoiding groups of 10 or more people, social distancing, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.  

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on www.nps.gov/natr and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

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