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Natchez Trace State Park

Henderson County 24845 Natchez Trace Rd., Wildersville, TN 38388; (800) 250-8616; (731) 968-8176
Named for the western alternative route of the famous Nashville-to-Natchez trail of the 18th and 19th centuries. The park includes Pin Oak and Cub Lake units which encompass 8,901-acres within the 48,000-acre Natchez Trace State Forest, Tennessee’s largest state forest. Along with the scenic woodlands, the park offers four lakes, 45 miles of hiking trails, a wrangler camp, inn, restaurant, and cabins.

Chickasaw State Park

Chester County 20 Cabin Lane, Henderson, TN 38340; (731) 989-5141
On U.S. Hwy. 100, this 1,435-acre Park and forest was once part of a vast area belonging to the Chickasaw Nation prior to the Jackson Purchase of 1818. Numerous miles of fire roads and trails wind through the scenic timberlands which embraces Lake Placid. The park offers 13 vacation cottages, 113 camping sites, a completely equipped lodge for up to 100 persons, hiking trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, archery range, badminton court, horseshoe pits, lighted ball field, playground, volleyball court and horseback riding in the summer. Open daily; lodge is open April through October.

Big Hill Pond State Park

1435 John Howell Rd., Pocahontas, TN 38061; (731) 645-7967
On State Hwy. 57 located on the junction of the Tuscumbia and Hatchie State Scenic Rivers. The 4,218-acre park features the Travis McNatt Fishing Lake, a cypress-lined pond created during levy construction for the Memphis-Charleston Railroad line, a boardwalk trail leading into a wetlands area, campsites, backpacking trails, kayak & canoe rentals, picnic sites and a visitor’s center.  

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