Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Honored For Interpretive Excellence

A ranger who worked with Native American tribes with ties to the Natchez Trace to create interpretive programs has been honored by the National Park Service for interpretive excellence.

Updated: National Parks Just Hours Away From Closing

With Congress at odds over whether to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government in business, National Park Service and concessions staff were preparing Monday for possible closure of the National Park System.

Fall In The National Parks: A Quieter Ride Through Fall Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Fall, that lofty season when Eastern hardwood forests don foliages red, gold, and orange, lures us like motorized lemmings into national parks to admire nature’s wizardry. We inch along, practically bumper to bumper at times, to be dazzled in a final seasonal hurrah before the paint-by-number leaves are shed and winter’s first squalls convince us that being inside really isn’t such a bad thing.

Enjoy Bluegrass Music Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway through the South later this month? Consider stopping at the Williamson County Courthouse in Franklin, Tennessee, for some bluegrass.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Take A Long, Slow, Ride Along The Natchez Trace

From Nashville to Natchez, you’ll enjoy an incredible experience thanks to the Natchez Trace Compact.

Secret Sleeps, Tips For Snagging A National Park Campsite This Summer

There is nothing as traditional as camping out in the national parks for summer vacation. Reserving a campsite on www.recreation.gov can lock in a site long before you hit the road, but sometimes you just don’t get around to doing that. So what to do?

National Parks Traveler's Essential Friends + Gateways

Traveler's 2nd Annual Essential Friends + Gateways publication, a collaboration between the Traveler and a core group of national park foundations, cooperating associations, trusts, friends groups, and gateway communities, is aimed at enhancing and furthering the now nationally significant role of these organizations and entities in the preservation and enjoyment of our parks.

Traveler's Essential Friends + Gateways Initiative Celebrates National Parks

Just in time for National Park Week -- Traveler's 2013 magazine Essential Friends + Gateways! Flip through 50+ pages of full-color features celebrating national parks, their increasingly indispensable friends' groups—along with great park gateways and the local insight and travel tips you need to savor summer in the country's top national parks.

Changes Coming To Natchez Trace Parkway As Staff Juggles Budget Cuts

Longer grass, fewer rangers, and shorter operational hours are materializing along the Natchez Trace Parkway as National Park Service managers cope with budget cuts implemented by the failure of the White House and Congress to correct the country's fiscal footing.

First Confirmed Sighting Of Rare Whooping Cranes At Natchez Trace Parkway

National Park Service sites are great places to enjoy watching wildlife, so it pays to be alert for unusual birds and animals during any park visit. Even the most avid bird-watcher would have been surprised, however, by sightings last month of three adult whooping cranes at the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Swamper: Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit What better way to explore nature than through the eyes of one of its residents? That's what Amy Griffin Ouchley thought when she sat down to write Swamper, Letters From A Louisiana Swamp Rabbit.

Tap Into The 2013 Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors Guide

Considering a drive down the 444-mile-long Natchez Trace Parkway this year? There's a brand new guide out there to help you plan your journey.

Looking For Fall Colors? Consider A Drive Down The Natchez Trace

Fall colors are starting to hit their stride in the East, with colorful displays from Acadia National Park down into Alabama and Mississippi. If you live in the South, a ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway will offer you a kaleidoscope of fall foliage.

Spring In the National Parks: Where Can You Find Wildflowers?

Spring is showing up in more and more corners of the country, which means it's a perfect time to check out what's blooming in the National Park System. Here's a quick list of some reliable sites to catch wildflowers in the weeks ahead.

Fears Rise That Congress Could Open More Units Of National Park System to Hunting

Few units of the National Park System are open to hunting, but there are fears that legislation now working its way through Congress could clear the way for hunting across dozens of parks in the system.

Camper Killed As Severe Storm System Thrashes Natchez Trace Parkway

On April 26th and 27th, a 300-mile stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway was impacted by several major storm systems that inflicted heavy property damage and killed a camper in his tent.

The National Park System's Cultural-Historical Wing: America's Story in 10 Chapters

The more than 200 national parks established to preserve nationally significant cultural-historical resources "tell America's story" by interpreting about ten broad themes that increase our awareness and understanding of what American culture is and how it got that way.

Kentucky's Sen. Bunning Singlehandedly Idles Road Construction Projects Nationally, Including Many in National Parks

Jim Bunning, Kentucky's contrary U.S. senator, singlehandedly has shut down road construction projects across the nation, including many in national parks, because he doesn't want to help middle-class families weather the economic storm, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said Monday.

Natchez Trace Parkway is Rehabbing the Meriwether Lewis Site

The National Park Service is using economic stimulus funds to make extensive improvements to the Meriwether Lewis Site on Natchez Trace Parkway.

The Hunt for Red (and Yellow) October. It's Officially Fall - Let the Quest for Color Begin!

McKittrick Canyon in the fall.
Fall is officially here in the northern hemisphere, and for many travelers that means getting outdoors to enjoy the weather—and some fall color. Most of us are familiar with areas that are justifiably famous for their annual display of red and yellow leaves, so here are a few suggestions for some lesser-known options.

Suicide? Murder? What Secrets Lie in that Grave on the Natchez Trace?

Famed explorer Meriwether Lewis is said to have committed suicide while overnighting at an inn along the old Natchez Trail in 1809. Many skeptics, however, believe he was slain. The Lewis descendants want his remains exhumed for examination, but the Park Service won’t allow it.

National Park Quiz 48: Mysteries

This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of various and sundry national park mysteries. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the difference between a mystery, a riddle, and an enigma.

The Confederate Victory at Brices Cross Roads Did Little to Help the Confederate Cause

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site celebrates its 80th birthday today. The battle fought there in June 1864 yielded a Confederate victory that was tactically brilliant but strategically wanting.

Natchez Trace Parkway – Colorful Choice for a Southern Fall Trip

Fall scene, Natchez Trace Parkway.
George Washington may not have slept here, but Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and plenty of other notables passed this way. A fall trip on the Natchez Trace Parkway provides a leisurely drive through a colorful landscape.

Park History: Exploring the National Parkways

Along with "parks," "seashores," "lakeshores" and "battlefields," the National Park System counts a number of "parkways" that fall under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Though most are incredibly scenic byways, there also are two major metropolitan arterials in this collection.
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