Natchez Trace Parkway Is Modifying Operations To Implement Local Health Guidance

Tennessee – The Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway), in response to guidance from the Tennessee Governors Executive Orders 22 and 23, and the Tennessee State Parks, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

As of 11:00 a.m., April 6, 2020, the Parkway will offer no services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At the Parkwaythe following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the Governors Executive Order:

The Meriwether Lewis Campground, located at MP 386, will be closed until further notice. The campground will close at 11:00 a.m., April 6, 2020. All vehicles, campers and visitors must vacate the campground by 11:00 a.m. Any vehicle or camper parked in the campground or left in the parking area after this time will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at the Parkway is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website at and social media channels. 

All other outdoor spaces, including all roadways, trails, pullouts, and roadside exhibits along the Parkway remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance.    

If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.