By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Natchez Trace Parkway is planning a $100,000 upgrade to its walking trails in Tupelo.
Cam Sholly, superintendent of the parkway, said the grant money will pay to upgrade six miles of walking trails in Tupelo.
The trail system is from the visitor center to Jackson Street and includes portions around Chickasaw Village.
“The park service has not done a very good job of managing that trail system,” Sholly said.
The majority of the upgrades will be done in the next six to eight months.
The trails are meant for hikers and joggers and won’t be converted into paved bike paths, he said.
The money will pay for new foot bridges, boardwalks and signs. Underbrush on the trails also will be cleaned up, Sholly said, and some areas of the trails will be widened.
“This is an extension of a multiyear project we’ve worked on,” Sholly said. “Last year, we put the funding into trails in Tennessee and south Mississippi.”
Sholly said the parkway will explore future possibilities for a bike path in Tupelo that would be similar to the one between Ridgeland and Clinton.
The Natchez Trace has 65 miles of national scenic trails.