Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund

Holdiness Logo

Promoting Cycling & Cycling Safety

on the

Natchez Trace Parkway

Holdiness, Gary Photo-1The Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund was established to honor the memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness by perpetuating his love for cycling the Natchez Trace Parkway and to make it a safe environment for cyclists.

The Association is working with the Natchez Trace Parkway to study a number of proposals to make the parkway a safer riding environment for cyclists.   This fund will help finance projects approved by the parkway to increase motorist awareness of cyclists.    The fund will also promote projects to encourage cycling on the parkway.

Dr. Gary Holdiness of Kosciusko, Mississippi was a avid cyclist, who combined his love for the sport with a passion for the Natchez Trace Parkway.  He spent numerous hours on the parkway finding relaxation from his medical practice and encouraging others to enjoy the park as a national treasure.  While riding on the parkway in 2012, Dr. Holdiness was struck and killed by an automobile.  His family and friends created the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund to continue his work of promoting the recreational use of the parkway and to make it a safer environment for others.

    Through the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, the Natchez Trace Parkway Association is working in  collaboration with the National Park Service  and Adventure Cycling Association to determine methods to make experiencing the park safer for cyclists and motorists.
    The program currently includes the following:
    New signs and sharrows have been installed, and they are currently being studied to determine their effectiveness.
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    During the National Trails Conference in June, 2015, trail leaders, NPS personnel and volunteers participating in a safety study to determine the effectiveness of high visibility clothing and lights to make cyclists more visible.  The tests demonstrated the effectiveness of the new high visibility coral color for clothing.  High visibility green (yellow) also stands out in most conditions; however, it sometimes blends with the yellows of the leaves in certain lighting conditions.  Black, green, white, blue, and red were shown to blend into the horizon much sooner than high visibility coral.

safety test
     We will soon begin testing the effectiveness of improving visibility with lighting.  Blinking tail lights with at light of at least one-half watt helps improve visibility and clear head lights also improve visibility even in shadowed areas.
With support of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, Public Service Announcements are being aired on television and radio stations in the State of Mississippi.



How You Can Help

1.  Contribute.  Donations to the fund are used to work with the Natchez Trace Parkway to promote cycling and cycling safety, including studying and improving cycling safety on the road.  Click on the “Donate” button on the bottom of  the page.   Complete page one with your payment information that is sent directly to PayPal, and click the “Review and Continue” button at the bottom of the form.  It will take you to a second page where you can leave a message noting that you are restricting your donation to the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund.  The confirmation letter that you receive from our Treasurer should note that you have restricted your donation to the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund.  If you have any problems in the donation process, please contact us.  You may also mail a check to Natchez Trace Parkway Association, P.O. Box 740425, Tuscumbia, AL  35674.  Please make the check payable to Natchez Trace Parkway Association and in the “for” area, note “Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund.”

2.  Contact Us About Sponsoring A Ride.  We are working with cycling clubs to create special rides to raise awareness about the presence of cyclists on the parkway and ways to improve safety.

Donna Holdiness assists with the 2013 Tour d'Attalla Ride, to raise money for the fund

Donna Holdiness assists with the 2013 Tour d’Attalla Ride, to raise money for the fund

3.  Participate.  Join us for one of the rides that contribute to the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association.

4.  Wear Our T-shirt.  Contact us at to find out how to get our t-shirt and spread the message about the importance of sharing the road with cyclists.

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To make a donation, click on the “Donate” button on the left tab, and you will be directed to our PayPal account.  If you prefer, you may mail a check to our mailing address at P.O. Box 412, Star, MS  39167.

For either method, please designate the purpose of your donation if the donation is restricted for one of the established funds.  Any donated funds not restricted by the donor will be placed in the general fund to be used as determined by the Board of Directors.  The Natchez Trace Parkway Association is a public charity recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations may be tax deductible.  Check with your accountant for more information.  The Natchez Trace Parkway Association also participates in the GuideStar Exchange, to establish transparency.  Our financial information is listed on their website  The Association is a 100% volunteer organization.




Includes one year basic membership

Support is always needed for the overall support of Association programs.  Donors giving at the following levels will receive specific recognition:

.Listing at option of donor on website and in the Post Rider.

$500 – $999                  Silver Level Donor

$1,000 – $2,499           Gold Level Donor

$2,500 – $4,999           Platinum Level Donor

$5,000 – $10,000 +  Diamond Level Donor



The Natchez Trace Parkway Association has established three funds to assist with programming.  In addition, support is needed for development of our cellphone tour and mobile app, as well as our newsletter the Post Rider.

Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund

Promoting Cycling and Cycling Safety on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Click the “Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund” link above to learn more.



Marty Owens Living History Fund

Bringing Natchez Trace History to Life for the Next Generation

Click the “Marty Owens Living History Fund” link above for more information.

Andrew Jackson's Troops Return Home on the Natchez Trace

Trail Fund

Maintaining Trails and Encouraging Exploration on the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Natchez Trace Parkway Trail


Other programs:


The Association is working with OnCell Systems to develop a cell phone tour  and mobile app for the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Funding is needed for development and for ongoing maintenance.


Memorializing the important role of the Natchez Trace in the War of 1812 was one of the main purposes for creating the Natchez Trace Parkway in 1934.  The Association is working with the 7th U.S. Infantry Living History Association and others to develop significant living history events along the Parkway during the 2012 to 2015 bicentennial.  Muster Day on the Natchez Trace 2012 and the Natchez-to-Nashville Expedition Natchez 1813: Becoming “Old Hickory”  events were great successes.  The bicentennial activities should foster a permanent and enhanced living history program for the Parkway.



The Association celebrates the National Park Service 75th Anniversary of the Parkway becoming a separate unit of the National Park Service on May 18, 1938.  Continuing Association 75th Anniversary projects include:

  1. A traveling exhibit.
  2. An “Images of America” historic photo book Building the Natchez Trace Parkway is on sale NOW at parkway bookstores, at independent book stores along the parkway, at national book chains and from the Arcadia Publishing web site!.