On October 7th, Natchez Trace Parkway staff participated in the grand opening of the visitor center for Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, a 30-county NHA encompassing the natural and cultural resources of northeast Mississippi.
Mississippi Hills NHA is one of 49 NHAs throughout the country, all charged with preserving, conserving, and interpreting some of America’s greatest assets. Natchez Trace Parkway bisects Mississippi Hills NHA and serves as both a visitor attraction and a travel corridor within the heritage area.
The visitor center is the result of planning by organizations such as the Appalachian Regional Commission, Mississippi Development Authority, and numerous local and regional tourism officials. United States Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Congressman Alan Nunnelee are strong supporters, along with local Mississippi delegates.
Heritage area staff continue to work with parkway and Southeast Regional Office staff as the Mississippi Hills NHA develops a general management plan.
Natchez Trace Parkway interpretive staff designed several exhibits on the parkway for inclusion in the new visitor center. The parkway will continue to support this cooperative effort to introduce visitors to the region’s history, culture, recreation, and scenic beauty.