Friday, April 30, 2021

Tennessee Travel: Natchez Trace State Park Review

Natchez Trace State Park
There is much to explore in the Natchez Trace State Park, which is located off Interstate 40 (I-40) between Memphis and Nashville, TN. 

It is a wonderful place for a day trip for hiking or exploring jeep trails, but it would also be an awesome vacation destination.  With several lodging options, you get to choose what best suits your personal needs. Frankly, our most recent visit left me longing for a camper so we could easily spend the night.  

Not only does the park offer RV camping facilities, they have cabin rental, a lodge with hotel rooms & dining, or you can pitch a tent.  Each style has designated areas for a more enjoyable stay for all.  Plus, there are playground areas, swimming, paddle boat, boat and canoe rental, picnicking areas, an equestrian facility, a firing range, and an archery range.  

Since the park is spread out over 10,000 areas within a 48,000 acre forest, none of it seems to be sitting "on top of the other".  I do recommend stopping at the visitor's center when you enter the park to get a map.  Wandering aimlessly is fun, but if you have limited time, you might prefer to know where each facility, trail, picnic area, etc. is located.  It is also where you can view the wildlife in rehab.

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Day Trip in Natchez Trace State Park

Natchez Trace State Park
We set out for the jeep trails, which we did explore, but ended up having to get out and walk some too.  It was such a beautiful spring day!  It would have been a shame to spend the entire time riding instead of walking.  Needless to say, the sunlight and fresh air "pulled" me from the jeep seat to walk around the lake and across the bridge.

That is what I love most about Natchez Trace State Park.  It is so much natural beauty in one place. Even the man-built cabins are nestled so beautifully within the trees that they don't distract from the peace and tranquility that permeates the park.

As we strolled through the beach area created for swimming, we encountered a search team with dogs in training. Of course, they all loved Merlin, but he questioned why those dogs needed training for what comes naturally to him. 

From there, we ventured to the bridge that crosses the lake and provides a spectacular view of the surroundings.

Natchez Trace Park

Back to the jeep for another fun ride through the woods. While my husband enjoyed navigating the dirt trails designed for jeeps, I thrilled at being able to take photos of lots of spring blooming trees and wildflowers.  The last time we were at Natchez Trace State Park, I concentrated on photographing birds, but this time, it was the flowers that fascinated me.

Natchez Trace State Park Flower Photos

As the sun started to set, we unwillingly sought out the highway home. Oh, how I wish we had that camper! I could only imagine the sunrise in this beautiful place.

 

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A Few of the Bird Photos I Took On Our Last Visit to Natchez Trace State Park

 Points of Interest in Natchez Trace State Park

Natchez Trace State Park
No Matter the Length of Stay or Accommodations,
We All Need the Convenience Store!

 

Natchez Trace State Park
Group Lodge has 4 or 5 cottages, a bunkhouse, and
a Group Meeting Building with Kitchen

Natchez Trace State Park

Natchez Trace State Park

Natchez Trace State Park
Pin Oak Lodge Offers Motel Style Rooms, a Restaurant
& Family Recreation Activities

 

Accommodations for a Special Event

If you are planning a special event, you might want to consider the  Cub Lake Recreation Lodge, a very reasonably priced venue, which will accommodate up to 200 people.  The lodge is a large, beautiful room for just the actual event. Those who wish to stay overnight could make arrangements for one of the other facilities mentioned above.

Natchez State State Park



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Previously Reviewed Tennessee Travel Destinations

 Fall Hollow Waterfall on the Natchez Trace Parkway The Memphis Zoo Review Pictorial Tour of the Memphis Botanic Gardens Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo Review





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6 comments:

  1. On many cross-country trips over the years, we have had occasion to drive through different sections of the State of Tennessee and our overall impression is that Tennessee is just a downright beautiful state. So your glowing descriptions of Natchez Trace State Park comes as no surprise. OF COURSE it is beautiful! It's in Tennessee. :)

    Truly, I would love to visit your Natchez Trace State Park. It reminds me of several of the beautiful areas around the Finger Lakes in New York State I grew up in.

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  2. Unfortunately, the only place in Tennessee I have visited so far is Knoxville, and that was decades ago. I love being able to see more of this state’s obvious natural beauty through your eyes, words, and your camera lens! Natchez Trace State Park looks like a wonderful place to spend a few days driving, walking, smelling the flowers, listening to the birds and other wildlife, taking photos, and enjoying the spring sunshine. I can see why your sweet Merlin likes spending the day there, too! Thanks so much for the vicarious pleasure of your most recent visit.

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  3. Oh it looks like I will have to add this destination to any future plans to visit the USA! What a wonderful place. It looks amazing and the photographs I'm sure are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg and that there is much more to enjoy. Thank you for adding a new place for me to visit.

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  4. Oh hubby and I would absolutely love to visit Tennessee and the Natchez Trace State Park!! It looks an amazing place from your lovely photos and description and I know we would just love walking around, taking it all in. I would like to stay there for several days at least :) I would love to take photos there of all the plants, scenery and wildlife.Your photos of the birds and flowers are beautiful!Thank you for sharing your trip there with us.

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  5. Oh that lodge looks soooo relaxing! What a beautiful spot. Your photos are gorgeous, and I would love walking around as well, and enjoying the sites (although walking is a bit of a challenge) - Cynthia, I'd have to bike it! I can bike with little to no pain. So so pretty.

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  6. Ms Mouse! I love this review!! You know I spotted the Jeep first thing. This looks like a wonderful place to visit! I would love the Jeep trails. Your photos took me along and I appreciate that. I have been busy and singularly focused on my land...missing my driving trips and exploring new areas. This was an exciting review for me... traveling vicariously through your post.

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