Reconnect in the Forest

There are more than 48,000 acres of public lands spread across Benton, Carroll and Henderson Counties.  Come enjoy 40 miles of hiking trails weaving through state park and state forest lands.

Natchez Trace State Park offers 23 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from an easy 1-mile nature walk to a 14-mile overnight trail. There are backcountry campsite available, reservations and permits are required.

  • Pin Oak — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy/Moderate
  • Fairview Gullies — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
  • Cub Lake — 5.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
  • Fern Trail — 0.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
  • Oak Ridge — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
  • Red Leaves — 40.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate/Difficult

Natchez Trace State Forest offers 28 miles of hiking trails, camping, picnicking, and horseback riding. OHV use is allowed on certain marked forest roads. There are 16 cemeteries, 62 historic sites, 1 prehistoric site, 4 ponds, and 1 primitive campsite on the forest.

See these maps for use restrictions on the state forest.

Overnight Lodging

Natchez Trace State Park, located right off Exit 116 on I-40, is the ideal basecamp for your outdoor adventures. The park offers campsites, cabins and hotel rooms a short drive from these public hunting lands.