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
  • 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
  • Starting June 2, 2020 Comfort Station at Colbert Ferry boat ramp (milepost 327.3)

Closed:

  • All remaining 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).

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

The park service urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases:

  • by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

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


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