Image courtesy of Jenifer Rooker, Smyrna TN.

Public Hunting Lands

There are more than 48,000 acres of public lands spread across Benton, Carroll and Henderson Counties. Come enjoy a wide variety of hunting and trapping in this West Tennessee wilderness.

Big Game at Natchez Trace
Trapping game at Natchez Trace
Hunting quail at Natchez Trace
Hunting small game at Natchez Trace

Horses are permitted on roads and trails open to motorized traffic and other trails or routes established for their use. Riding off roads into fields, woods, or on foot trails is prohibited unless otherwise provided.

All motorized vehicles must have mufflers equipped to suppress noise and spark arrestors equipped to prevent fires.

The operation of motorized vehicles is confined to roads not designated as closed. Off-road vehicles are restricted to roads open to other motorized traffic (except where prohibited by state or federal statute) and designated trails only. ORVs may be operated during daylight hours and at other times when participating in authorized activities. Driving off roads into woods, fields, or utility right-of-ways is prohibited for all motorized vehicles

Big Game, Small Game, and Trapping are the same as statewide seasons, except as noted below.

Henderson County portion follows Unit CWD dates and bag limits including the August G/M/A Hunt.

Quail - Nov. 4, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024

Turkey - Two weekly hunts (Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun) each week of spring turkey season. All hunts will be quota hunts and will be drawn prior to turkey season. North I-40 and South I-40 Zones.  Hunter quota 48 per hunt per zone. One bearded turkey per hunt counts toward the statewide bag limit.

Firing Range - see Firing Range page

Camping - Natchez Trace State Park managed campgrounds and cabins. Must contact State Park office.

Interactive Map
Hunting Regulations Link
Buy a license link

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.

Lodging at Natchez Trace