Celebrate the NPS 99th Birthday on the Natchez Trace Parkway

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As the National Park Service reflects on its work over the last 100 hundred years, one of its projects, your Natchez Trace Parkway, is celebrating its own storied history!

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The National Park Service is gearing up to celebrate 100 hundred years of service in preserving America’s natural and historical treasures. While the official Centennial date–August 25, 2016–is still about a year away, the celebration is already starting on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Today it’s high time to celebrate what we’re calling the pre-100 year anniversary, and you can join the #FindYourPark fun!

Natchez Trace Parkway: National Scenic Byway and All-American Road
Natchez Trace Parkway: National Scenic Byway and All-American Road

The National Park Service is an agency of the U.S. Federal Government that was founded way back in 1916. They manage all of our national park sites, and promote historical preservation and conservation efforts at sites across the country, including the Natchez Trace.

NPS and the National Park Foundation are working closely with partners and stakeholders to ensure that the Centennial is more than just a birthday. They are hoping people everywhere will embrace the opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired, and have fun in their 408 national parks, as well as understand how the National Park Service’s community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs positively impact their own communities.

French Camp Historic District along the Natchez Trace Parkway
French Camp Historic District along the Natchez Trace Parkway

As the National Park Service reflects on its work over the last 100 hundred years, one of its projects, your Natchez Trace Parkway, is celebrating its own storied history. Way before NPS began administering the Trace, history was in the making along this 444-mile route from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee.

We encourage you to spend some time on the Natchez Trace Parkway, a beautiful National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. Visit the historic attractions… Go hikingCamp out… Enjoy the scenery… No matter what suits your fancy, you’ll love it!

Snap some photos and upload them to social media using hashtags #FindYourPark #TheNatchezTrace

Colbert Ferry - Milepost 327.3
Colbert Ferry – Milepost 327.3

So as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its Centennial next year, keep in mind the gorgeous views and thousands of years of history at your fingertips all year ’round on the Trace! We are lucky and appreciative of the great work NPS has done for the Parkway and around the country, and we hope you’ll celebrate this exciting Centennial.

While you’re out there enjoying America’s national parks and the Natchez Trace Parkway, be sure to use the social media hashtag #FindYourPark to share your experience!


Follow The Natchez Trace on FacebookTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram to see photos of this 444-mile journey, as well as share your own!

Ready to plan your visit? Download our 2015 Visitors Guide HERE.