April 16, 2021 - Natchez Trace Parkway reopens from Milepost 115 to 135

The Natchez Trace Parkway is open to through traffic from Milepost 115 to 135. Riverbend, Cypress Swamp, and a section of the Yockanookany trail remain closed at this time.

Motorists and cyclists are able to travel the full length of the Parkway once again. Clean-up work continues on the roadway, at Cypress Swamp, at Riverbend, and on the Yockanookany trail. One-lane closures may be utilized as work continues along the shoulder of the Parkway. Motorists should be alert and watch for workers within the vicinity.

“The scenic pullouts and scenic trail closed after straight-line winds caused damage in 2020. Constructions crews have removed more than one thousand trees and are working to restore the impacted area,” said Jeremiah Glasz, acting Chief of Facilities Management. “While the mainline road is open, work continues on the damaged scenic areas.”

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. 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
  • Comfort Station at Mount Locust (milepost 15.5) is open Friday thru Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Comfort Station at Rocky Springs campground (milepost 54.8) is open
  • Comfort Station at the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland (milepost 102) is open
  • Comfort Station at Pharr Mounds (milepost 287) is open
  • Both Comfort Stations at Colbert Ferry (milepost 327.3) are open
  • Comfort Station at Jacks Branch (milepost 377.8) is open
  • Comfort Station nearest the motor road at the Meriwether Lewis site (milepost 385.9) is open
  • Comfort Station at Gordon House (milepost 407.7) is open
  • Comfort Station at Garrison Creek (milepost 427) is open
  • Rocky Springs (milepost 54.8) and Meriwether Lewis (milepost 385.9) campgrounds and their comfort stations
    Jeff Busby campground (milepost 193.1) for self-contained camping only (comfort station is not open)
  • All bicycle-only campgrounds with no potable water access

Closed:

  • All remaining park service comfort stations and drinking fountains along the Parkway
  • Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4) in Ridgeland, MS
  • 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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