National Parks Around Tunica

Brices Cross Roads

National Battlefield Site

The Confederate victory at Brices Cross Roads was a significant victory for Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest, but its long term effect on the war proved costly for the Confederates. Brices Cross Roads is an excellent example of winning the battle, but losing the war.

The monument with cannons on each side

Weather

Mississippi is classified as a humid subtropical climate, the weather ranges from mild winters to hot summers with high humidity between May and September. Average high temperatures reach into the high 80's in summer, and into the high 40's in winter. Check local forecasts to plan your trip.

Driving Directions

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site can be found 15 miles north of Tupelo, Mississippi. Exit U.S. Highway 45 onto Mississippi 370, in Baldwyn, Mississippi. The battlefield is located 6 miles west of Baldwyn, on Mississippi 370. Visitors may also consider visiting the Mississippi's Final Stands Interpretive Center in Baldwyn. Exit U.S. Highway 45 at Mississippi 370 and turn east. Take the first right off of Highway 370 to the interpretive center. More directions to Brices Cross Roads.

Operating Hours

The grounds of the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site are open sunrise to sunset everyday of the year. The Mississippi's Final Stands Interpretive Center (operated by the Mississippi's Final Stands Civil War Board) is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sundays & Mondays as well as most major holidays. For more information please call 662-365-3969.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: Brice's Cross Roads National Battlefield Site is free. The Mississippi’s Last Stands Visitor and Interpretive Center is open 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years old. Group rates are available.

Contact

Mailing Address:
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Physical Address:
260 Bethany Rd
Guntown, MS 38849

Phone Number: 18003057417

Gulf Islands

National Seashore

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What is it that entices people to the sea? Poet John Masefield wrote, “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.” Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish.

A beach umbrella shades a chair as blue-green waves crash against a white sand beach.

Weather

Weather along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico can change quickly. During the winter temperatures range from 40-70 degrees fahrenheit, rain is less common than other seasons. Snow and freezing temperatures are not common. During the summer temperatures range from 70-100+ degrees fahrenheit. Rain is common during the summer with many thunderstorms. Hurricanes impact the area during the tropical storm season between June and November. Tornadoes can impact the area during the Spring and Fall.

Driving Directions

Gulf Islands National Seashore is a place of myriad riches - blue-green, sparkling waters, magnificent white beaches, and fertile coastal marshes. Its 12 areas include historic forts, shaded picnic areas, trails, and campgrounds. From Cat Island, Mississippi, it stretches eastward 160 miles tot he Okaloosa Area east of For Walton Beach, Florida. More directions to Gulf Islands.

Operating Hours

The Davis Bayou Area is located south of U. S. Hwy. 90 east of downtown Ocean Springs, Mississippi and offers many recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, birdwatching, picnicking, and ranger-led programs. There are no swimming beaches in the Davis Bayou Area.

Monday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Tuesday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Wednesday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Thursday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Friday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Saturday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Sunday: 8:00AM - Sunset

Entrance Fees

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Per Person: This pass is good for seven days from the date of purchase and covers the entrance fee at Perdido Key, Fort Pickens, and Santa Rosa (Opal Beach). Cost: $7

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Per Motorcycle: This pass is good for seven days from the date of purchase and covers the entrance fee at Perdido Key, Fort Pickens, and Santa Rosa (Opal Beach). Cost: $10

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Private Vehicle (<15 passenger capacity): This pass is good for seven days from the date of purchase and covers the entrance fee at Perdido Key, Fort Pickens, and Santa Rosa (Opal Beach). Cost: $15

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Per Person in Private Vehicle with more that 15 passenger capacity.: This pass is good for seven days from the date of purchase and covers the entrance fee at Perdido Key, Fort Pickens, and Santa Rosa (Opal Beach). (limited to a total cost of $25.00) Cost: $7

Contact

Physical Address:
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Mailing Address:
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Phone Number: 8509342600

Mississippi Delta

National Heritage Area

The Blues, Welty, Wright, Williams, Civil War and Civil Rights, The Great Flood, Bogues and Bayous, Plantations, The Great Migration, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul Food, King Cotton, The River, Precision Agriculture, Catfish, Gospel, Immigrants' Stories, Highway 61, Segregation, Integration, Share Cropping, Freedom Songs, Freedom Summer, Folk Tales, Swamp Forests, Hunting Clubs, and surprisingly, hot tamale

Southeast NHA

Weather

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Driving Directions

The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area includes 18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo. There are many places to visit. More directions to Mississippi Delta.

Operating Hours

Various locations and hours through out the corridor.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

N/A: N/A

Contact

Mailing Address:
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
Cleveland, MS 38733

Physical Address:
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
CLEVELAND, MS 38733

Phone Number: 6628464312

Mississippi Gulf

National Heritage Area

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a culturally, historically, and environmentally distinctive region where many chapters in the national story have been written. The bounties of the Mississippi Gulf Coast's natural resources have brought people to this area from all over the world. The modern culture of the Coast consists of a multi-ethnic gumbo of people and traditions.

Weather

The weather varies throughout the year and even throughout the day. Please check the National Weather Service information at http://www.weather.gov for forecast information.

Driving Directions

The heritage area is located along the Mississippi gulf coast. Interstate I-10 runs east and west while I-59 cuts across the northwest corner of the NHA. The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport allows visitors to fly directly into Mississippi Gulf NHA as well. More directions to Mississippi Gulf.

Operating Hours

N/A

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

N/A: N/A

Contact

Mailing Address:
Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area
Biloxi, MS 39530

Physical Address:
Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area
Biloxi, MS 39530

Phone Number: 2285234150

Mississippi Hills

National Heritage Area

See the birthplace where Elvis made his entrance to the world stage ... Walk among the nation’s most extensive remaining Civil War earthworks from one of the largest sieges in the Western Hemisphere, at the Crossroads of the Confederacy ... There’s so much to see and do in the Mississippi Hills. Faulkner once said he could spend a lifetime writing about it—you could spend a lifetime exploring it.

Southeast NHA

Weather

The weather varies throughout the year and even throughout the day. Please check the National Weather Service information at http://www.weather.gov for forecast information.

Driving Directions

The corridor is located in north central Mississippi. More directions to Mississippi Hills.

Operating Hours

Various visitor centers throughout the heritage corridor.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

N/A: N/A

Contact

Physical Address:
Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance
Tupelo, MS 38804

Mailing Address:
Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone Number: 6628441278

Natchez

National Historical Park

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Discover the history of all the peoples of Natchez, Mississippi, from European settlement, African enslavement, the American cotton economy, to the Civil Rights struggle on the lower Mississippi River.

Two story brick mansion with four white columns

Weather

Spring: Temperatures usually range from 50 F to 83 F. Rain is common. Summer: Temperatures usually range from 70 F to 95 F. Rain and sun are equally common. On very sunny days, be prepared with plenty of water - heat exhaustion is common if you are not prepared. Fall: Temperatures usually range from 55 F to 79 F. Winter: Temperatures range from 40 F to 63 F. Rain is common.

Driving Directions

Natchez National Historical Park Headquarters and the Natchez Visitor Center is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and Canal Street in Natchez, MS. Melrose Estate is located at 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway, Natchez, MS 39120. The William Johnson House is located at 212 State Street, Natchez, MS 39120. More directions to Natchez.

Operating Hours

Park sites are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with the exception of the William Johnson House site, which is closed daily from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Melrose Estate offers guided tours of the mansion at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The Fort Rosalie site is open daily from sunup to sundown.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - Adults age 18- 61: This per person fee is for a ranger guided tour of the Melrose mansion. The tour is approximately 30 minutes long. Cost: $10

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - Children ages 0 - 5: Children ages 0 - 5 can take the ranger guided tour of the Melrose mansion for no cost.

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - Students Age 6 - 17: This per person fee is for a ranger guided tour of the Melrose mansion. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Cost: $5

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - U.S. Seniors Age 62 and Up: This per person fee is for a ranger guided tour of the Melrose Mansion. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Cost: $5

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - Handicapped Persons: This per person fee is for a ranger guided tour of the Melrose mansion. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Cost: $5

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - Adult Group Rate: This per a person fee is for groups of 13 or more for a ranger guided tour of the Melrose Mansion. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Cost: $7

Melrose Mansion Guided Tour Fee - Educational/School Groups: Educational/School groups that have applied for and been approved for a fee waiver will not be charged for the ranger guided tour of the Melrose mansion.

Entrance to Melrose Grounds, Formal Gardens & Outbuildings: Self-guided tours of the Melrose estate grounds, formal gardens, and outbuildings are free of charge.

Entrance to the William Johnson House Site: The self-guided tour of the William Johnson House is free of charge.

Contact

Mailing Address:
640 South Canal Street
Natchez, MS 39120

Physical Address:
640 South Canal Street
Natchez, MS 39120

Phone Number: 6014465790

Natchez Trace

National Scenic Trail

The 450-mile foot trail that became known as the Natchez Trace was the lifeline through the Old Southwest. You can experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did - on foot. Today there are five separate trails totaling over 60 miles and they are administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Potkopinu Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Weather

Mississippi, Alabama, and most of Tennessee are classified as humid subtropical climates. The weather ranges from mild winters to hot summers. Average high temperatures reach into the high 80's in summer, and into the high 40's in winter. Thunderstorms are common in Mississippi, especially in the southern part of the state, and from June through November, the state is occasionally affected by hurricanes moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Check local forecasts to plan your trip.

Driving Directions

Directions to the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail vary greatly depending on what section you are trying to reach. For specific questions concerning how to get to a certain section or trail head of the National Scenic Trail, please call the Visitor Center at 1-800-305-7417. More directions to Natchez Trace.

Operating Hours

The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is open every day during daylight hours. Severe weather resulting in washouts and downed trees can cause temporary trail closures. The trail is located entirely within the property boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway and questions about the trail and its condition should be directed to the Parkway's visitor center by calling 1-800-305-7417.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: There is no fee to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway or use the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. Visitors can enter the Parkway, free of charge, from dozens of county, state, and U.S. roads in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Please refer to the Parkway Map for places to access the Parkway. Enjoy your visit!

Contact

Mailing Address:
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Physical Address:
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone Number: 18003057417

Natchez Trace

Parkway

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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.

Meriwether Lewis Monument on a summer day

Weather

Mississippi, Alabama, and most of Tennessee are classified as humid subtropical climates. The weather ranges from mild winters to hot summers. Average high temperatures reach into the high 80's in summer, and into the high 40's in winter. Thunderstorms are common in Mississippi, especially in the southern part of the state, and from June through November, the state is occasionally affected by hurricanes moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Check local forecasts to plan your trip.

Driving Directions

Directions to the Natchez Trace Parkway vary greatly depending on what part of the tri-state Parkway you are trying to reach. There are more than 50 roads that access the Parkway in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. For specific questions concerning how to get to a certain portion of the Parkway, please call the Visitor Center at 1-800-305-7417. More directions to Natchez Trace.

Operating Hours

The Natchez Trace Parkway is open all year, day and night. Operating hours for information centers and some locations do vary. Severe weather resulting in washouts and downed trees can cause temporary road closures. Questions about road condition should be directed to the Parkway's visitor center by calling 1-800-305-7417.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: There is no fee to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway. Visitors can enter the Parkway, free of charge, from dozens of county, state, and U.S. roads in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Please refer to the Parkway Map for places to access the Parkway. Enjoy your visit!

Contact

Mailing Address:
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Physical Address:
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone Number: 8003057417

Shiloh

National Military Park

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Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation.

Sunrise in the Shiloh National Cemetery

Weather

Shiloh National Military Park traditionally experiences mild winters and hot summers with an average high of 90 degrees in the summer and 50 in winter; average lows in the winter are 34 degrees but single digits are not unusual. Rainfall in the area averages 57 inches a year with an additional 2-3 inches of ice/snow and violent thunderstorms can take place at any time of year.

Driving Directions

The park is 110 miles from the Memphis airport and 150 miles from the Nashville airport. From the west (Memphis, Tennessee, area): Take Highway 72 East to Corinth, Mississippi. From the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, take Highway 22 North to the Shiloh Battlefield. From the northeast (Nashville, Tennessee, area): Take Interstate 40 West to the Parker's Crossroads Exit. Then take Highway 22 South to Shiloh Battlefield. Continue on Highway 22 South to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. More directions to Shiloh.

Operating Hours

The park grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Shiloh Visitor Center and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center are open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Shiloh National Military Park Entrance Fee: Entrance to the park, visitor centers, and view park films

Contact

Physical Address:
1055 Pittsburg Landing Road
Shiloh, TN 38376

Mailing Address:
1055 Pittsburg Landing Road
Shiloh, TN 38376

Phone Number: 7316895696

Tupelo

National Battlefield

In July, 1864, Union forces, including men from the United States Colored Troops, marched into Tupelo, Mississippi. Disorganized Confederate soldiers fought fiercely but could not overpower the federal troops. Neither side could claim a clear victory, but Union troops had succeeded in their main goal: keeping the Confederates away from Union railroads in Tennessee.

The monument with a cannon

Weather

Mississippi is classified as a humid subtropical climate, the weather ranges from mild winters to hot summers with high humidity between May and September. Average high temperatures reach into the high 80's in summer, and into the high 40's in winter. Check local forecasts to plan your trip.

Driving Directions

Tupelo National Battlefield (NB) is a one-acre monument located on Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi. Main Street in Tupelo is also known as Highway 6 and Highway 278. Tupelo NB sits on the south side of Main Street on the west side of Tupelo. Exit off the Natchez Trace Parkway onto Highway 6 (near Milepost 260), head east, into Tupelo. Travel one mile east and find Tupelo NB on the right side of Main Street. There is limited parking available adjacent to the monument. More directions to Tupelo.

Operating Hours

The grounds of Tupelo National Battlefield are open during daylight hours everyday of the year. The National Park Service administers the National Battlefield through the Natchez Trace Parkway. Visitors are welcome to ask questions and learn more about the battlefield at the Parkway Visitor Center (Milepost 266) located about six miles north of the monument. The Visitor Center is open every day of the year except December 25, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time).

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: There are no fees to visit Tupelo National Battlefield. Enjoy your visit!

Contact

Mailing Address:
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804

Physical Address:
2083 Main St
Tupelo, MS 38801

Phone Number: 18003057417

Vicksburg

National Military Park

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Two statements, two Presidents, both aware of the importance of the city on the Mississippi River. President Davis knew it was vital to hold the city for the Confederacy to survive. President Lincoln wanted the key to gain control of the river and divide the South. Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates this campaign and its significance as a critical turning point of the Civil War.

Union cannon aimed at Confederate lines

Weather

Spring and fall in Vicksburg are always very pleasant with cool nights and warm, sunny days with temperatures ranging from lows of 40-50 degrees to highs of 70 degrees. Winter weather in Mississippi is usually mild except for occasional cold air invasions, which normally last only a couple of days. Temperatures range from lows of 30 degrees to highs of 50 degrees. In the summer, weather is consistently hot, beginning in the low 70's and climbing to highs ranging from 80-90 degrees in the afternoon.

Driving Directions

Plane — Closest commercial airport: Jackson, MS, 50 miles to the east. Car — Directions to Vicksburg: From the east — Take Interstate 20 west to Vicksburg, MS. Use exit ramp 4B. Follow Clay Street (US-80) west 0.25 miles to park entrance. From the north — Take Interstate 55 south to Jackson, MS. To save time, use Interstate 220 bypass on west side of Jackson. Take Interstate 20 west to Vicksburg approximately 40 miles. Use exit ramp 4B. Follow Clay Street (US-80) west 0.25 miles to park entrance. More directions to Vicksburg.

Operating Hours

Visitor Center is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. From April 1 thru October 31, the building is open 8:00am-5:00pm. From November 1 thru March 31, the building is open 8:30am-4:30pm.

Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Per Vehicle: Valid for 7 days For up to six individuals per vehicle $7 per motorcycle. Cost: $15

Per Individual: Pedestrian, biker, jogger, etc. Cost: $7

Commercial Tours: (provided by non-NPS charter tour companies) 1-6 Person Capacity Cost: $25

Commercial Tours: (provided by non-NPS charter tour companies) - 7-25 Person Capacity Cost: $40

Commercial Tours: (provided by non-NPS charter tour companies) - Over 25 Person Capacity Cost: $100

Motorcycle: Per Motorcycle Cost: $10

Contact

Mailing Address:
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Physical Address:
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Phone Number: 6016360583