Pack Up Your Camping Gear and Hit The Natchez Trace

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One of the more popular things to love about the Natchez Trace are the endless opportunities for outdoor fun–one in particular… camping.


This historic, 444-mile scenic route links Natchez with Nashville and crosses some of the most beautiful terrain in the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The Natchez Trace Parkway has been declared a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road. Open year-round for motorists, hikers and bikers, it provides visitors the opportunity for an unhurried trip through time.

Jeff Busby Site
Jeff Busby Site – Milepost 193.1

One of the more popular things to love about the Natchez Trace are the endless opportunities for outdoor fun — one in particular, camping.

There are more than a dozen campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway corridor, three in the park, and many others just outside the park. The three Parkway campgrounds are free, primitive, and available on a first come, first serve basis. They don’t offer electricity, showers, or dump stations. They are spread out along the Parkway:

Many of the other campgrounds along the Parkway corridor offer electricity, showers, and dump stations. Check out the National Park Service’s complete updated list.

Biking the Natchez Trace? You may be interested in the bicycle-only campgrounds.

Cyclists on the scenic Natchez Trace

Camping can be a fun activity for the whole family, or a relaxing, quiet getaway for one or two. It’s all about how you want to travel and explore the great outdoors! And because39,000 acres of the Natchez Trace Parkway are maintained in a “natural” condition, your camping experience consists of bountiful forests and sparkling waterfalls. Feel free to pack a delicious lunch as you’ll find available picnic tables at various exhibits and stops.

Ready to plan your trip? Find what you need here and be sure to download your free Visitor’s Guide.

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