Natchez Trace Parkway Road Closures and Detours

Tupelo, MS Paving Project Closure and Detour

The parkway thru sections of Tupelo, MS will be closed for several months for repaving. Phase One of paving between mileposts 257 and 262.5 began on July 19, 2021 and was completed on October 9, 2021. The parkway between mileposts 257 and 262.5 is now open.

Phase Two of paving between mileposts 262.5 and 266.1 began on October 11, 2021 and is expected to last about two months.

Click here for more info and a map and directions for both the Marked Detour Route and an Alternate Bicycle Route for Phase Two.

A 28-mile section of the Natchez Trace Parkway in northeast Mississippi and northwest Alabama was closed for repaving starting November 3, 2021.

The closure and detour is between mileposts 293.4 and 321 near the towns of Belmont, MS, Tishomingo, MS and Cherokee, AL. The parkway from milepost 321 to milepost 327 is also being repaved but the parkway will remain open for these six miles.

Click here for more info and maps and directions for both the Marked Detour Route and an Alternate Bicycle Route.

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. Open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • All Comfort Stations have been reopened except for five (see below)
  • All RV/tent campgrounds - Rocky Springs (milepost 54.8), Jeff Busby (milepost 193.1) and Meriwether Lewis (milepost 385.9) are open
  • All bicycle-only campgrounds with no potable water access

Closed:

  • The Comfort Stations at:
    Jackson Falls (Mp 404.7) (due to septic tank issues)
    Glenrock Branch (mp 364.5) (due to storm damage)
    Rocky Springs (mp 54.8) campground comfort station (due to ongoing repair work) is closed, but restrooms at contact station near the roadway are open
    Coles Creek (mp 17.5) (due to repairs needed)
  • Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4) in Ridgeland, MS
  • Also closed due to recent storm damage: Myrick Creek (milepost 145.1).

Services available off the Parkway:

  • All 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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