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Marker ID:  
Location: at milepost 407 The Gordon House Stop, Duck River, TN
County: Hickman
Coordinates: N 35° 41.826    W 087° 17.626
  35.6971    -87.29376666
Waymark: None


The Natchez Trace Parkway

is designed to encourage leisurely exploration of the history and beauty of Old Southwest. Here are a few pointers to make your trip more enjoyable.
Here are a few pointers to make your trip more enjoyable.

Regulations and Safety
Obey posted speed limits. Be alert for animals on the Parkway. Avoid fatigue by stopping often and taking walks.
• Hunting is prohibited.
• Any firearm that is prohibited by state or federal law is prohibited on the Parkway.
• Non-recreational hauling is prohibited.
• All commercial vehicles are prohibited.
• Trucks over one ton capacity are prohibited.
• Camping is allowed only in designated areas.
• All natural, historical, and archeological objects are protected by federal law.
• Build fires only in fire rings or grills.
• Poison ivy, fire ants, and venomous snakes are found in the three-state area. Be alert when walking.
• Dogs are permitted in outdoor areas on a leash no longer than six feet. Please clean up after your pet. Service animals only in buildings. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated bicycling route.

This is a partial listing of campgrounds along the Parkway.
It includes all three National Park Service (SPS) campgrounds, and other campgrounds between mileposts 257 and 444.

Department of Tourism
Mississippi 1-800-927-6378
Alabama 1-800-252-2262
Tennessee 1-800-462-8366

State Park General Information
MIssissippi 1-800-GO-PARKS (1-800-464-2757)
Alabama 1-800-ALA-PARKS (1-800-252-7275)
Tennessee 1-888-TN-PARKS (1-800-867-2757)

ROCKY SPRINGS (NPS)...milepost 54.8
No Reservaton- No Fee Area
Drinking water and hiking; 22 sites. On the Parkway

JEFF BUSBY(NPS)...milepost 193.1
No Reservation- No Fee Area
Drinking water and hiking; 18 sites. On the Parkway

TRACE STATE PARK...milepost 259.7
Electric, water, dump station, showers, sewer hookup, laundry, fee area; 52 sites. Seven miles from Parkway on Hwy 6, then 2 miles north. Pull-through and back-in sites.

TOMBIGEE STATE PARK...milepost 263.6
662-842-7669Electric, water, dump station, sewer hookups, showers, fee area; 20 sites.
Take US Hwy 78 East towards Tupelo, second exit, follow signs.
Back-in sites only.

BARNES CROSSING (Private)...milepost 266.0
662-844-6063PINEY GROVE (Corps of Engineers)...milepost 293.5

Electric, water, sewer hookups, laundry, fee area; 50 sites.
One-half mile off Parkway on US 145 South. Pull-throrugh and back-in sites.
PINEY GROVE...Milepost 293.5
Electric, water, dump station, showers, fee area; 144 sites.
One mile north MS 4, follow sings. Open March 1-November 30.
Pull-through and back-in sites.

TISHOMINGO STATE PARK...milepost 303.9
Electric, water, dump station, showers, fee area; 62 sites.
Adjacent to the Parkway. Back-in sites only.

ROSE TRAIL PARK (Private)...milepost 320
256-360-2393 (after hours 256-577-000)
Electric, water, full sewer, access to boat ramp, walking trails, general store. 15 sites.
Exit 72 West 9.2 miles north on Riverton Rose, then turn right at Rose Trail Park sign.Cabins available. Pull-through and back-in sites.

Electric, water, dump station, showers, restaurant, fee area; 107 sites. Fourteen miles east on US 64. Back-in sites only

THOUSAND TRAILS (Private)...380
Electric, water, dump station, showers, camp store, walking trails; 10o+ sites. Take Napier Road exit, stay on pavement to right (Hwy 241) and travel 1.5 miles.
Cabins available, call 931-796-3211

MERIWETHER LEWIS (NPS)...milepost 385.9
No Reservations- No Fee Area
Drinking water & hiking; 32 sites. On the Parkway

FALL HOLOW VILLIAGE...milepost 391
Electric, water, dump station, showers, restaurant, B & B, fee area; 21 RV sites. in addition to tent camping sites. Just off the Parkway on Hwy 412.

Electric, and water. Just off Hwy 50. Turn left, right onto Webster Lane. Follow to Marlow Road. Horses allowed.

Thing to Do
Visit one of the five sections of Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail that parallel the Parkway, or stretch your legs on one of the many short (20 minutes) self-guided trails.

Stope at one of the three NI's campgrounds on the Parkway (Rocky Springs milepost 54; Jeff Busby milepost 193.1 and Meriwether Lewis milepost 385) for free camping. If you want hookups and showers, visit one of the state parks or private campgrounds along the way.

The Parkway is a designated bicycle route. Bike for the day or complete all 444 miles. Bicycle only campground are available, and other tools to plan your trip can be found on our website. Bicycles are not permitted on trails.

Fishing is permitted in the lakes and streams along the Parkway, provided that angers hold a valid license and follow all regulations for the state in which they are fishing.

Junior Ranger
As you explore the Natchez Trace Parkway, complete fun actives to help you learn more about the park. Pick up your booklet form a ranger or print it from our website. Turn it in at one of the sites listed to the right, and get a Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

Horseback Riding
Horses are welcome in many sections of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. Trailheads large enough for horse trailers are marked on the Parkway map with a horse symbol. Please ride only on those sections of trail marked for horses.

Where to Find a Ranger...
Meriwether Lewis Cabin
Milepost 385.9, near Hohenwald, TN
931-796-5586 seasonal hours

Parkway Visitor Center
Milepost 266, near Tupelo, MS 800-305-7417
Open daily (excluding Dec 25) 8am to 5pm

Parkway Information Cabin
Milepost 102.1 near Ridgeland MS
601-898-9417 Seasonal hours

Mount Locust Historic Inn
Milepost 15.5 near Natchez MS
601-445-4211 seasonal hours

National Park Service U. S. Department of the Interior

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