The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide 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. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:

Open:

  • Outdoor spaces such as roadways, trails, pullouts, and roadside exhibits
  • Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266) in Tupelo, MS with limited access to restrooms (from 9 am to 4:30 pm) and park information
  • Both Comfort Stations at Colbert Ferry (milepost 327.3) are open
  • Comfort Station nearest the motor road at the Meriwether Lewis site (385.9) is open
  • Rocky Springs (milepost 54.8) and Jeff Busby (milepost 193.1) campgrounds for self-contained camping only
  • All bicycle-only campgrounds with no potable water access

Closed:

  • All remaining park service comfort stations and drinking fountains along the Parkway
  • Meriwether Lewis Campground and Contact Station (milepost 385.9)
  • Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4) in Ridgeland, MS
  • Mount Locust (milepost 15.5)
  • Also closed due to recent storm damage: Cypress Swamp (milepost 122), River Bend (milepost 122.6), Myrick Creek (milepost 145.1) and Cave Spring (milepost 308.4).

Services available off the Parkway:

  • Some of the visitor/welcome centers located just off or adjacent to the parkway have reopened. They have restrooms and drinking fountains. For info about the location of parkway and off-parkway restroom facilities including their current OPEN or CLOSED status - visit our Restroom Facilities page.
  • Also, there are markets and restaurants located near many of the Parkway exits - visit our Gas, Water and Markets page.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.

Parkway visitors can still reach a park ranger between 9 am to 4:30 pm by calling 662-680-4027 or by messaging them on Facebook www.facebook.com/NatchezTraceParkwayNPS

Check out all of the Natchez Trace Parkway "Current Conditions", visit: www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm


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