Natchez Trace Parkway still accessible despite campground closing

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge is located on Hwy 96 West in Franklin.


The Natchez Trace Parkway, in response to guidance from the Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 and Tennessee State Parks, announced additional modifications to operations to support federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

As of 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, the parkway will offer no services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. The Meriwether Lewis Campground, located at MP 386, will be closed until further notice. All vehicles, campers and visitors must vacate the campground by 11 a.m. on April 6, and any vehicle or camper parked in the campground or left in the parking area after this time will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

All other outdoor spaces, including all roadways, trails, pullouts and roadside exhibits along the parkway remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state and local health guidance.    

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners at the parkway is our No. 1 priority,” Natchez Trace Parkway officials said in a news release. “The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website,, and social media channels.”

If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.

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