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Natchez Trace Parkway, TN

Meriwether Lewis CG

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Meriwether Lewis CG is located at Milepost 386 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, about 70 miles south of Nashville. It's a free campground with 31 sites, no hookups.

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Since this is the third of the free campgrounds along the Trace, we planned our day for an early arrival. At 2 PM, there were about 8 sites to choose from - we took #20.

Date of visit: Apr 07

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Here's view of site 2 taken from site 1. I'd say the sites are about evenly divided between pull-throughs and back-ins.

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Site 5 on the left, 6 and 7 on the right.

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Site 9 on the right.

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At the end of the second loop are sites 31 (left), 30 (right) and 29 (background). In fact, this was our third time in a week we had encountered the gal in the rig in back - a doctor from Bangor, ME.

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Site 23 at right, with the little bathhouse at left. No showers.

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Within the park grounds is the burial site of explorer Meriwether Lewis. He died at the nearby Grinder's Inn of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

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The stones in the ground mark the site of Grinder's Inn.

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There are several miles of hiking trails in the park, including a portion of the original Trace.

Amenities

31 camp sites - no hookups

No dump station, no showers

Rates: Free - Golden Age Pass honored <G>

Beware the "wheels on pavement" police. The ranger is a stickler for no parking off the paved surfaces.