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With the many acres of scenic woodlands, the park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47 room resort inn and restaurant complex, cabins, group lodge, camping areas, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of horse riding trails, a park store, and archery range. Located at I-40, exit 116, this area is composed of a State Park, State Forest and a WMA with a total of 48,000 acres. The Tennessee Division of State Parks, Tennessee Division of Forestry and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency share administration of this area.
The park has 146 campsites and five camping cabins in three different areas – Pin Oak RV Campground, Camp 1 and Camp 2. All sites have tables, grills, water, and electricity and are served by four bathhouses.
Pin Oak RV Campground – 77 sites, 2 bathhouses, 50 amp electric, sewer and water hookups. Pin Oak R.V. 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, picnic shelter, camping cabins and boat dock.
Camping Cabins – Camping cabins may be reserved through Pin Oak Lodge. All have air conditioning. There are five camping cabins, open year around.
Campground 1 – 23 sites, 1 bathhouse, 20 and 30 amp electric, dump station, water at all sites, 25 ft. and under size restriction, open year around.
Campground 2 – 46 sites, 1 bathhouse, primarily primitive with water at all sites, 20 amp electric at 8 sites, dump station, 20 ft. and under, open May – Oct.
Pets allowed. Reservations cannot be accepted and stay is limited to two-weeks.
Open 24/7. Located in R.V. camp and 5 Points group camp.
A park store with gas pump, offering a wide variety of groceries including canned goods, ice, and picnic, camping supplies, fishing equipment and bait, are located a short distance from the campgrounds.
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, 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 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. Campers are requested to leave site clear of horse waste. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be kept on a leash. Quiet time is at 10 pm.
Location – Directions
Natchez Trace State Park
24845 Natchez Trace Rd.
Wildersville, TN 38388
Points of Interest & Attractions
Natchez Trace State Park is named for the famous "Natchez to Nashville" highway, an important wilderness road during the early 18th 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 farming the land because of extensive erosion problems.
There's a lot to do and see at Natchez Trace State Park! Enjoy a picnic at one of our picnic areas, or reserve a picnic pavilion for your family reunion or company picnic. 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 aquarium. Natchez Trace State Park also offers a variety of natural, historic, recreational, and cultural programs. Activities to enjoy at the park include archery, basketball, horseshoes, ping-pong, firing range, softball, tennis, volleyball, board games (no electronic games), playgrounds and horseback riding.
Mountain biking is allowed on the multi-use fire trails. (There are miles of fire trails that are multi-use (bike, horse, and off road vehicle). The trails are dirt or gravel with varying terrain.)
All types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at Pin Oak Lake. Natchez Trace is home to 4 lakes:
Cub Lake has a swimming area, jonboats and pedal boats. Boats are available for rent between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is no permit required for this lake.
Pin Oak Lake offers boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, R.V. camping and more. There are two boat ramps available 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-serve basis. Permits are sold on site.
Paddle boats are available seasonally on Cub Lake.
Water Skiing is allowed only on Pin Oak Lake.
Boat ramps are not handicap accessible, but the boat docks are.
Events and Planned Programs
- Race on the Trace, 5 mile run, January
- Waylon Seagraves Trail Ride, March
- Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday before Easter
- Quarterback Club Trail Ride, May
- Gospel Music Festival, June
- Carl Perkins Trail Ride, August
- Crawley St. Jude Trail Ride, October
- Shriner's Ride, October
Natchez Trace State Park offers a variety of natural, historic, recreational, and cultural programs. Visitors can enjoy programs such as hikes, bird of prey demonstrations, wildlife programs, history programs on the Trace, hayrides and much more. Most of our programs are offered year round. We do have favorite or most requested programs that are done on a regular basis, but we can also customize programs to meet the needs of special groups, events or special requests. Fees are not normally charged for our programs. Contact the park for more information.
Natchez Trace also has a year around program called the Outdoor Classroom. For more information on programs contact the Interpretive Specialist at (731) 968-3742.
Fishing is one of the favorite activities 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, 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.
13.5 miles of hiking trails, ranging from 1/2 mile up to 4 1/2 miles, meander through the forest and fields and along the lakeshores and streams of Natchez Park. Contact the park for more information. Overnight camping is allowed on backpacking trails only. The backpacking trail is 40 miles. A Backcountry camping permit is required.
Natchez Trace Wrangler Camp
The camp is located 2.2 miles south of I-40 on Hwy. 114. The Bucksnort Wrangler Camp features 65 campsites with full hook-ups, 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 hitching rail. There are 250 miles of riding trails on the South end of the park. Campsites are first come, first served. Campers are requested to leave site clear of horse waste. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be kept on a leash. Quiet time is at 10 pm.
- Late March - Waylon Seagraves Ride
- Early October - Richard Crawley Ride
- Middle October - Shriner's Ride
- Early November - Relay for Life Ride
For more information about the Wrangler Camp, please call the Park Office at 731-968-3742.
The Equestrian Center is open from early March to late November and is located inside the Natchez Trace State Park 2.5 miles from Exit 116 off I-40.
Guided Trail Rides
Horseback riding at NTEC is a must-do on your visit to our area. Our gentle horses and friendly wranglers eagerly await your arrival! Children as young as 8 years old can trail ride. All of our rides are guided for the safety of our guests and for the health of our horses. We are not able to double and we have a 250 pound weight limit. Reservations are highly recommended. Come to ride or come to visit, everyone is welcome. We accept cash or check. Children as young as 3 can enjoy a pony-style ride as they are led around the barnyard by one of our friendly wranglers. Pony-style riders receive a free souvenir cowboy hat.
15 stalls are available for overnight boarding. The cost is $10 per stall, per night. A current negative Coggins is required. Horse owners are responsible for horse care and stall cleaning. Shavings are required and available for purchase if desired. There is a $10 cleaning deposit per stall.
Hunting is allowed, in season, with the proper license.
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 aquarium.
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.
Reservations for picnic shelters may be taken up to two years in advance. Call 1-800-250-8616 or 731-968-8176 for reservations.
Playgrounds and Sports Fields
Activities to enjoy at the park include archery, basketball, horseshoes, firing range, softball, tennis, volleyball, board games (no electronic games), playgrounds and horseback riding.
Games may be checked out at Pin Oak Lodge. Free for guests. Sports equipment is not available.
There are several playgrounds located throughout the park. There is 1 day use playground at Cub Lake, 1 playground in each campground, 1 playground in the Cub Lake cabin area, and 1 playground at Pin Oak Lodge.
Archery is available for free, but you must bring your own equipment.
Basketball courts are available at the 5 Points Group Camp, at Pin Oak Shelter 2 and at the Cub Lake Recreation Lodge. These are not lighted.
Horseshoes can be played at Campground #1.
Please bring your own softball equipment, and be aware that there are no lights on the softball field.
There is a lighted tennis court at the Pin Oak Lodge.
There are 2 sand courts at Cub Lake Beach.
A pool is located at Pin Oak Lodge. The unheated pool is for inn and cabin guests only and is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The pool at the inn is handicap accessible. A free public swim beach is located at Cub Lake. No Lifeguards. The R.V. camp has a swimming beach for campers.