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Campgrounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway

Flames rising from wood
Campfires are a traditional part of camping

NPS Photo / Allison Chapman

The Natchez Trace Parkway manages three campgrounds along the length of the 444-mile Parkway. The three Parkway campgrounds are free, primitive, and available on a first come, first serve basis. They do not offer electricity, showers, or dump stations. The maximum stay at our campgrounds is 14 days.

Check out specific information about each front-country campground.  Or navigate back to our front page and select the "Where to Stay" button. 

Camping must take place within designated campgrounds. The Natchez Trace Parkway does not allow dispersed camping.

  • Exception: Through hikers may apply for a permit to camp in places other than the campgrounds.
  •  Those who are biking the Parkway may be interested in the bicycle-only campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Note: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has banned the transport of firewood from some states to prevent the spread of highly destructive insects.

Details
Camping in designated campgrounds is limited to 14 consecutive days in any one campground and 30 days total for a calendar year. 
Tent, or RV camping in designated campgrounds
Everyone enjoys camping.
Only two pets are allowed in a campsite and must be on a leash, not exceeding six feet, or physically confined.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The Natchez Trace Parkway manages three campgrounds along the length of the 444 mile Parkway. Those campgrounds are Meriwether Lewis at Milepost 385.9, Jeff Busby at Milepost 193.1 and Rocky Springs at Milepost 54. The three Parkway campgrounds are free, primitive, and available on a first come, first serve basis. They do not offer electricity, showers, or dump stations. 
The campgrounds may be closed during any season due to adverse weather.
The campgrounds are open 24 hours. 
Accessibility Information
Each campground has an accessible site. Please see the individual campgrounds for details. 

Campgrounds are self serve, no reservations, no fee, no hook-ups


Last updated: June 1, 2021