Crews make improvements to section of Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Just in time for your New Year’s resolution to spend more time outside, a section of Tennessee’s Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail in Williamson and Maury counties has received some needed restoration.

Twenty-five miles of the Highland Rim section of the trail, roughly from mile marker 405 to mile marker 430, just north of Garrison Creek, were improved by the Southeast Conservation Corps, based out of Chattanooga, this past fall.

The work was funded through a partnership between the National Park Foundation and granola bar company Nature Valley for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement. The partnership provides money to restore access to trails throughout the National Park System.

Nature Valley’s support includes a three-year commitment and $3 million donated to various national parks. The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail received $50,000 for improvements.

Crews removed downed trees from the trail, cut back brush and vegetation, remarked the trail, fixed existing erosion issues and installed water bars across the trail surface to prevent future erosion, according to Lisa McInnis, chief of resource management with Natchez Trace Parkway.

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