On Monday, 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.
Construction crews have been working to remove storm damaged timber from the motor road, Cypress Swamp, Riverbend, and sections of the National Scenic Trail since early November. Heavy equipment is required to continue the work, creating unsafe conditions on the motor road. A detour will remain in effect until the work involving heavy equipment debris removal is complete.
“Straight-line winds caused significant damage to this section of the Parkway last year," stated Chief of Maintenance, Greg Smith. “Once this project is complete we will be able to assess the area for further damage with the hope of restoring visitor access soon.”
For the most up-to-date information about the closure and turn-by-turn directions please visit our website, www.nps.gov/natr, Facebook @NatchezTraceParkwayNPS, or call (800) 305-7417.