National Park Week, April 16 to 24, 2016, is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks, and that includes the historic Natchez Trace Parkway and Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.
As we celebrate with our friends at the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, we invite you to join the celebration of our national heritage. Here are a few highlights of National Park Week 2016:
- April 16–24: Visit for free!
Throughout National Park Week, every national park will give you free admission!
- April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
Explore, Learn, Protect! Enjoy a discovery walk with field biologists to help find and record the animals or plants at BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival at the Parkway Visitor Center.
- April 22: Earth Day
If you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, see how you can help this Earth Day.
- April 23: National Park Instameet
Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100
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- April 24: Park Rx Day
On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.
There is so much fun to be had on the Natchez Trace this National Park Week! You can also check out nationalparkweek.org to learn about all the ways you can support your national parks all year round.
Explore our site to for more things to do on the Natchez Trace Parkway: