Camping on the Natchez Trace: Why You’ll Love It

 

The nature trail at Rock Spring (milepost 330.2) let's you walk the stepping stones and explore a small natural spring.
The nature trail at Rock Spring (milepost 330.2) let’s you walk the stepping stones and explore a small natural spring.

Camping along the Natchez Trace Parkway is a fun, exciting and memorable adventure. During the height of the summer however, it can be a bit too hot and muggy for a nice night under the stars. Lucky for all of us, the heat of the summer–while still there–will be cooling down a bit during the next few months. As we enter early fall, our minds go to one thought – camping on the Natchez Trace!

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Camping at Jeff Busby -NPS Photo
Camping at Jeff Busby -NPS Photo

Whether you’re ready to go now or you have some time to make your plans, here’s where and how you can have a perfect camping trip on the Trace.

Campgrounds Within the Natchez Trace Parkway

If you want to hug the Trace itself during your trip, there are three campgrounds that are within the Parkway. They are free and available on a first come, first serve basis.  These campgrounds do not offer electricity, showers, or dump stations. Just like the original travelers of the Trace, you’ll be camping primitive style (unless your “tent” is an RV). The three camping spots are spread along the Natchez Trace, so you’ll always find one close and convenient to your travels.

The Little Mountain Overlook at Jeff Busby
The Little Mountain Trail at Jeff Busby

Other Nearby Campgrounds

If you’re looking for a few more amenities, that’s alright, too! There are plenty of alternate campgrounds situated just off the Trace all along this 444-mile scenic byway. Many of these offer those niceties like electricity, showers, and dump stations. Some are public and some are private. There are quite a few of these so if you’re interested, check out the complete updated list from the National Park Service of all campground locations and services.

Tishomingo Swinging Bridge
Tishomingo Swinging Bridge

Bicycle Only Campgrounds

Finally, those who are cyclists and plan to travel the Trace by bicycle, you may be interested in the bicycle-only campgrounds. These peaceful campgrounds provide primitive camping for visitors who are biking America’s favorite historic byway. By using the bicycle-only campgrounds in conjunction with other campgrounds and communities near the Natchez Trace, you can plan your trip to ride between 30 and 60 miles each day. Each Parkway campground provides tent sites, picnic tables, and fire grates throughout the year.

The Witch Dance campground - milepost 234
The Witch Dance campground – milepost 234

The Natchez Trace Parkway is an amazing place to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful nature. All along this 444-mile scenic byway, you’ll find convenient campgrounds to make your travels comfortable, refreshing, and fun. Next time you get an urge for the outdoors, we sincerely hope you’ll consider a night or two camping on the Natchez Trace, where history and natural beauty are yours for the taking!

Natchez Trace Parkway in Franklin, TN
Natchez Trace Parkway in Franklin, TN

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