A Walk through History

In 1983 the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail was established as part of the National Park System and the National Trails System. The Scenic Trail runs parallel to the Natchez Trace Parkway in five developed sections totaling more than 60 miles. The trail offers opportunities to explore wetlands, swamps, hardwood forest, rock outcroppings, overlooks, and the history of the area.

a section of the Old Natchez Trace known as sunken trail due to the erosion along the path.

Hike a Section of the Scenic Trail

Today the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail consists of five separate sections--over 60 miles--developed for hiking and horseback riding.

Trailhead of HIghland Rim Section. Trees with yellow and orange leaves border both sides of trail.

Highland Rim Section

This twenty mile section is a popular hiking and equestrian corridor for visitors south of Nashville in Tennessee.

two people on a wooden foot bridge looking down at the water below.

Blackland Prairie Section

The Blackland Prairie Section is six miles in length located hear Tupelo, Mississippi.

Trail intersection. Brown painted sign points to two different trails. Tall pine trees border trail

Yockanookany Section

North of Jackson, Mississippi the Yockanookany Section is the longest of the five developed trail sections at 26 miles.

Sun is setting on trail with green grass and tall pine trees on either side of trail.

Rocky Springs Section

The Rocky Springs Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is a little over 6 mile section located near Port Gibson, Mississippi.

2 hikers walk away from viewer. 20 foot steep embankments are on both sides of the trail.

Potkopinu Section

The Potkopinu Section is 3 miles long and it is longest section of Old Natchez Trace in the park.

2 Leave No Trace cards with Leave No Trace principles printed on each card

Leave No Trace

Following the Leave No Trace Seven Principles can help us minimize those impacts on the Natchez Trace.

Last updated: January 13, 2021

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone:

18003057417
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