There is currently nine National Park Service Site in Mississippi and three associated sites.
Official National Parks of Mississippi
- Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
- Gulf Islands National Seashore
- Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument
- Natchez National Historical Park
- Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
- Natchez Trace Parkway
- Shiloh National Military Park
- Tupelo National Battlefield
- Vicksburg National Military Park
Associated sites of Mississippi
- Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
- Mississippi Gulf National Heritage Area
- Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
National Parks of Mississippi
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Natchez National Historical Park
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is a 444-mile long route through Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The trail follows sections of the historic Natchez Trace, an ancient path that began as a Native American and wildlife trail.
There are five segments of the trail that are over 60-miles in length, primarily developed for hiking and horseback riding. The trail relies heavy upon volunteers to maintenance and construction.
The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail was established in 1983.
Things to do in Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail: The Alabama portion of the scenic trail is 33-miles in length. Located in northwestern Alabama, it is considered part of the original middle section of the Natchez Trace spanning from milepost 341.8 near the Tennessee state line to milepost 308.9, the Mississippi state line.
How to get to Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail: The Alabama portion of the trail is located near the city of Florence near State Highway 20.
Where to Stay in Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail: There is no lodging available within the trail, but the city of Florence to the east has multiple options available.
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Entrance Fee: Free
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Official Website: Click Here
Map of Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail: Download
Natchez Trace Parkway
Stretching 444-miles from Natchez, MI to Nashville, TV, the Natchez Trace Parkway preserves sections of the original Natchez Trace. The trail was created by the Native Americans and later used by early European and American settlers and immigrants between the late 18th century and early 19th century. Goods were transported as the easiest way to connect the frontier with New Orleans, until the creation of steamboats along the Mississippi River.
During the War of 1812, General Andrew Jackson utilized the trail heading south to defend against the Red Sticks and British army from invasion. One of the first examples of land-based organized-crime in the US occurred through the actions of John Murrell and Samuel Mason. It is also along the trace in October 1809 where Meriwether Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition died and is buried near the town of Hohenwald, TN
The Natchez Trace Parkway was established on May 18, 1938.
Things to do in Natchez Trace Parkway: Colbert Ferry, Rock Spring Nature Trail
How to get to Natchez Trace Parkway: The parkway is accessible from Highway 72 near Cherokee, AL.
Where to Stay in Natchez Trace Parkway: There is no lodging available along the parkway. The city of Florence is several miles to the east of the parkway with lodging available.
Natchez Trace Parkway Entrance Fee: Free
Natchez Trace Parkway Official Website: Click Here
Map of Natchez Trace Parkway: Download
Shiloh National Military Park
Tupelo National Battlefield
Vicksburg National Military Park
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
Mississippi Gulf National Heritage Area
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
View all the National Park Service Sites in neighboring states:
- National Parks of Alabama
- National Parks of Arkansas
- National Parks of Louisiana
- National Parks of Tennessee – Tennesse shares Great Smoky Mountains National Park with North Carolina and has 12 other units.