Visiting the Park

water-fallsThe Natchez Trace Parkway provides an opportunity to experience the historic landscape and cultures of early America.    The park preserves a 444 mile area where early peoples traveled, American Indians established nations, early United States leaders extended their young republic, volunteer soldiers and American Indians defended their independence in the War of 1812, and where brother eventually fought brother during the Civil War.

The parkway motor road runs through the park to connect the sites for leisurely driving, cycling and hiking. As the eighth most-visited national park in the U.S., the parkway also contains the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, as well as numerous side trails, streams, rivers, and waterfalls.  Learn more on this site about how to use the trails to improve fitness and wellness in the outdoors.

Serious cyclists worldwide place the parkway on their “bucket list.”  We are working with Adventure Cycling Association to develop a pilot program to improve the cycling experience on the parkway and to make it safer for both cyclists and motorists.  Select specific topics from the list below to help make the most of your visit to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Association is honored to have been the friends group for the Natchez Trace Parkway for 80 years.  We invite you to join as a member or to make a donation to help.

Discover History

Explore Nature

Enjoy Recreation