Natchez Trace’s name originally applied to a series of trails and paths that originated with animal migration routes and American Indian trade and travel routes. Along with vast scenic woodlands, the Natchez Trace State Park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47-room inn and conference center with over 3,000 square feet of meeting/banquet space, a restaurant, 17 cabins and 10 villas, a group lodge, 208 campsites, 5 air-conditioned camping cabins, 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 an archery range.
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.
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. For more information, visit http://www.tnstateparks.com/NatchezTrace.
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