Natchez Trace State Park
|Natchez Trace State Park|
|Area||10,154 acres (4,109 ha)|
Natchez Trace State Park was named for the famous Natchez Trace, a Natchez, Mississippi-to-Nashville highway that was an important wilderness road during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A western spur of the trace ran through part of the modern-day park. 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 ballfield, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles (400 km) of horse riding trails, a park store, and archery range. Natchez Trace is located in Carroll, Henderson, and Benton counties, near the unincorporated community of Wildersville. Interstate 40 bisects the park, which is roughly equidistant from Memphis and Nashville. The park is the home to the third largest pecan tree in the world.
Cub Lake is 58 acres (230,000 m2) and offers swimming, jonboats and pedal boats. You can rent boats between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Pin Oak Lake being 690 acres (2.8 km2), is one of the more recreational lakes. It has two boat ramps and lake use permits can be purchased at the Pin Oak Lodge. Water skiing is allowed at this lake only. Other activities are fishing, picnicking, swimming, R.V. camping and more. Over night guests are not required to have a permit.
Browns Lake, 167 acres (0.68 km2), and Maples Lake, 90 acres (360,000 m2), have one boat ramp each. Jonboats, life jackets and paddles are available at both lakes, but it is on a first-come first-serve basis. Permits are available for purchase at both sites.
Pin Oak Lodge offers a swimming pool for inn and cabin guests only. Cub Lake offers a free public swim beach.
Natchez Trace offers 250 miles (400 km) of riding trails on the South end of the park.