hiking

dogs on leash

walking

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 ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of horse riding trails, a park store, and archery range. Located at I-40, exit 116, 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.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail with mild elevation changes. The trail has several footbridges closed for washouts. According to park rangers the closures are just precautionary, as long as you don’t mind getting muddy you can go around the bridges, exercise caution and enjoy.

Nice trail. Good length. As of Nov 2017, several footbridges are closed, so you cannot do the entire loop. If you start from the lodge and go south first, the first bridge that is out is at about 3.5 miles in. The signs say the bridges are out “until further notice.”

did not make it all the way around the lake. got to a certain spot and could not determine which way the trail was supposed to go. I believe there were trees down that blocked my path. I turned around and went back the way I came. was an ok hike but was definitely not 5 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

For a beginner like me, this trail was awesome. Tree covered, lake access and beautiful wooded areas. Terrain is natural but very manageable. The ferns are awesome!

It's 5.8 miles, and very swampy the first 2.3 miles. Expect some mosquitos and gnats. The remainder was beautiful and fairly easy.

PERMANENTLY CLOSED

(via tnstateparks.com)
Effective Friday, Jan. 20, 2017: The 2.5-mile, multi-use Deer Trail at Natchez Trace State Park is closed. This is a permanent closure.

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail but I wish they could keep horses off this hiking only trail. I had to make way for a large group of horses while there, always had to be on the lookout so as not to step in their leavings, and ran into a volunteer there in the middle of repairing a bridge broken by a horse.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great short hike.