To protect the health of those who live, work and visit our national parks and facilities, and in support of the President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, the National Park Service (NPS) today implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.

Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Additional public health measures are in place across the service, from capacity limits to one-way trails, or even temporary closures in response to local conditions. To learn more click here.

January 25, 2021 - The Natchez Trace Parkway will implement a detour from Milepost 115 to 135. The 25-mile detour will bypass the Parkway using Highway 43 to Highway 16. The motor road will be closed to all traffic between Mileposts 115 – 123.7 and closed to through traffic from Mileposts 123.7 – 135.

For more info, a map of the area and detour directions, click here.

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:


  • Outdoor spaces such as roadways, trails, pullouts, and roadside exhibits
  • Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266) in Tupelo, MS with limited access to restrooms (from 9 am to 4:30 pm) and park information
  • Comfort Station at Mount Locust (milepost 15.5) is open Friday thru Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Comfort Station at Rocky Springs campground (milepost 54.8) is open
  • Comfort Station at the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland (milepost 102) is open
  • Comfort Station at Pharr Mounds (milepost 287) is open
  • Both Comfort Stations at Colbert Ferry (milepost 327.3) are open
  • Comfort Station at Glenrock Branch (milepost 365) is open
  • Comfort Station nearest the motor road at the Meriwether Lewis site (milepost 385.9) is open
  • Comfort Station at Garrison Creek (milepost 427) is open
  • Rocky Springs (milepost 54.8) and Jeff Busby (milepost 193.1) campgrounds
  • All bicycle-only campgrounds with no potable water access


  • All remaining park service comfort stations and drinking fountains along the Parkway
  • Meriwether Lewis Campground and Contact Station (milepost 385.9)
  • Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4) in Ridgeland, MS
  • Also closed due to recent storm damage: Cypress Swamp (milepost 122), River Bend (milepost 122.6), Myrick Creek (milepost 145.1) and Cave Spring (milepost 308.4).

Services available off the Parkway:

  • Some 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

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