Natchez Trace State Park

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Natchez Trace State Park

Tennessee

(731) 968-3742

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Overview

In addition to many acres of scenic woodlands, this park includes four lakes with a swimming beach, camping areas, picnicking sites, picturesque hiking trails, and 250 miles of horseback riding trails. This area is composed of a State Park, State Forest, and a Wilderness Management Area with a total of 48,000 acres. Natchez Trace State Park is named for the famous "Natchez to Nashville" highway, an important wilderness road during the early eighteenth century. A western spur of The Trace ran through a portion of what is now the park. The park was built as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal program. The land was bought from residents who could no longer make a living through farming the land because of extensive erosion problems. In addition to campsites, the park has a variety of other lodging options: a 47-room resort inn and restaurant complex, cabins, a group lodge, and a wrangler camp. The park also has playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, a park store, and an archery range.

Map of Natchez Trace (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.794505, -88.276943

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Activities

  • Boating

    Natchez Trace is home to four lakes: Cub Lake, Pin Oak Lake, Brown's Creek Lake, and Maple Creek Lake.

    At Cub Lake, visitors can rent jonboats and pedal boats between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is no permit required for this lake.

    All types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at Pin Oak Lake. There are two boat ramps, and lake use permits can be purchased at Pin Oak Lodge. No permit is required for overnight guests.

    Browns Lake and Maples Lake have one boat ramp each. Jonboats, life jackets, and paddles are available on a first come, first-served basis. Permits are sold on-site.

    There are accessible boat docks.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is allowed on the multi-use fire trails. The trails are dirt or gravel with varying terrain.

  • Camping

    The park has 208 campsites and five camping cabins in three different areas. All sites have tables, grills, water, and electricity and are served by four bathhouses.

    Pin Oak RV Campground has 77 sites, 2 bathhouses, 50 amp electric hookups, and sewer and water hookups. Pin Oak RV campground is located on the shore of Pin Oak Lake and can accommodate RVs up to 80 feet in length. The RV camp also offers a swimming beach, playground, a picnic shelter, camping cabins, and a boat dock. There are also campsites available at Campground Number One and Campground Number Two.

    Camping cabins may be reserved through Pin Oak Lodge. All five cabins are open year-round and have air conditioning.

    Backcountry camping is allowed, although a permit is required. There are four backcountry campsites and up to 35 people may camp at any one site. Pets on leashes are allowed, but pack animals are not.

    Natchez Trace Wrangler Camp is located 2.2 miles south of I-40 on Hwy. 114. The Bucksnort Wrangler Camp features 62 campsites with full hook-ups, one camping cabin, two bathhouses, and a dump station. All electrical hook-ups are 50 amps. Each site has a picnic table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern holder, water, and a hitching rail. There are 250 miles of riding trails in the park and forest. The campground is open year-round. Campsites are first come, first-served.

  • Fishing

    Fishing a favorite activity at Natchez Trace, and anglers have four lakes from which to choose. Fifty-eight acre Cub Lake and 690-acre Pin Oak Lake are operated by the Parks Division. Ninety-acre Maple Creek Lake and 167-acre Brown's Creek Lake are operated by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Catches include bluegill, catfish, crappie, and largemouth, rock, and hybrid bass. A park lake use permit is required on Pin Oak Lake, and persons over 16 years of age must also possess a valid temporary or annual Tennessee fishing license. Rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent at the park dock on Cub Lake. Personally owned boats and motors are permitted on all lakes except Cub Lake.

  • Hiking

    The park has a total of 13.5 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from a half mile up to 4.5 miles and meander through the forest and fields and along the lake shores and streams of Natchez Park. Overnight camping is only allowed on backpacking trails. The backpacking trail is 40 miles long. A backcountry camping permit is required.

  • Historic Sites

    A newly renovated museum is located within Park Headquarters. Exhibits include local and park history as well as a nature center featuring a wildlife viewing area, interactive computer, and an aquarium.

    Natchez Trace State Park is named for the famous "Natchez to Nashville" highway, an important wilderness road during the early eighteenth century. A western spur of The Trace ran through a portion of what is now the park.

  • Horseback Riding

    Visitors can ride on the multi-use fire roads. Natchez Trace Wrangler Camp provides horse camps sites. The Equestrian Center offers guided trail rides.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed, in season, with the proper license.

  • Picnicking

    Numerous picnic sites with tables and grills are scattered among the tall pines and hardwoods of Natchez Trace. All sites are conveniently located near restrooms, water fountains, and playgrounds. There are four picnic shelters in the park and each will accommodate 30-50 people. Grills and tables are provided. There are two shelters located on Cub Lake and two shelters on Pin Oak Lake.

    Picnic supplies, beverages, and ice may be purchased at the park store.

  • RVing

    Pin Oak RV Campground has 77 sites, 2 bathhouses, 50 amp electric hookups, and sewer and water hookups. Pin Oak RV campground is located on the shore of Pin Oak Lake and can accommodate RVs up to 80 feet in length. The RV camp also offers a swimming beach, playground, a picnic shelter, camping cabins, and a boat dock.

  • Tennis

    There is a lighted tennis court at the Pin Oak Lodge.

  • Water Sports

    Water skiing is allowed only on Pin Oak Lake.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, as are the campgrounds. Boat rentals are only available in the summer. Temperatures in the summer reach the 90s and winter lows reach the high 20s.

Directions

Driving

Natchez Trace is located in Carroll, Henderson, and Benton counties in West Tennessee. It lies 35 miles east of Jackson off of Interstate 40 between Nashville and Memphis. Take Exit 116 off of I-40 to the parks main entrance.

Phone Numbers

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(731) 968-3742

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