Natchez Trace State Park

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The Western Spur Restaurant at Natchez Trace will be closed beginning Saturday, Dec. 17 and reopen for dinner at 5:00 PM on Friday, Feb 3. During February and March the restaurant will be open weekends only. Please see restaurant webpage for details.

Activities

Biking

Mountain biking is allowed on the multi-use fire trails. (There are miles of fire trails that are multi-use (bike, horse, and off road vehicle). The trails are dirt or gravel with varying terrain.)

Trail Length: 50+ miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate

Boating

Pin Oak Lake (690 acres)
Pin Oak Lake is popular for all types of boats and water recreation and has two public boat launch ramps with courtesy docks. Both ramps can accommodate fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats and wave runners. Finger docks are available for small boats at the cabins or guests may trailer their boats to their cabin or secure them in the parking lot adjacent to the inn. Boat rentals are not available on the lake; however, cabin and inn guests may reserve a canoe or kayak at the inn (standard equipment rental rates apply). Day or annual lake use permits may be purchased at the inn. Water Skiing is allowed only on Pin Oak Lake.

Cub Lake (52 acres)
The lake is open year round and jon boat rentals are available during summer months. Personal electric trolling motors can be used on park jon boats. Pedal boats may be rented from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 

Brown’s Lake (167 acres) and Maple’s Creek Lake (90 acres)
Brown’s Lake and Maples Creek Lake are managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Jon boats can be rented and a lake permit fee is required. Jon boat rentals are at Maple’s Creek. Day or annual lake use permits are available on site via a drop box.

Fishing

Brown’s Creek Lake (167 acre) is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) using Florida strain Largemouth Bass to produce trophy Largemouth Bass. Fish surveys as recent as 2012 have documented that there are bass in the 10-pound class in the lake.  Jon boat rentals are available and a lake permit fee is required. 

Maple’sCreek Lake (90 acre) is also managed by TWRA and provides excellent catfish fishing and quality Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. Jon boat rentals are available and day or annual lake use permits are available on site via a drop box.

Pin Oak Lake (690 acre) is managed by the park. Evening fishing can be productive for bass, bluegill and catfish.

Fish limits for all four lakes include: Black Bass: 5/day no length limit except Brown's Lake has 18" to 24" slot limit; Crappie: 30/day no length limit on Maple and Pin Oak, 30/day 8" limit on Brown's, 15/day no limit on Cub; Redear: 20/day on length limit, Bluegill: no creel limit/ no length limit, Catfish: 5/day no length limit.

Bait, tackle and snacks are for sale at nearby locations. Fishing licenses may be purchased at the inn. 

Hiking

Pin Oak — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy/Moderate
Deer — 2.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate/ Difficult
Fairview Gullies — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Cub Lake — Natchez Trace State Park — 4.0 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Fern Trail — 0.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Red Leaves — 40.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate - Difficult
Oak Ridge — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy

Horseback Riding

With many acres of scenic woodlands, Natchez Trace State Park offers many options for the equine enthusiast. Ride on over 250 miles of public use trails when visiting the Wrangler Camp. The Bucksnort Wrangler Camp offers camping, bathhouses, electric and water hook-ups at over 60 sites. Each campsite has a horse rail so you can camp with your horse or board at the equestrian center next door.

Swimming

A free public swim beach is located at Cub Lake. No lifeguards are on duty. The R.V. camp has a swimming beach for campers. A pool is located at Pin Oak Lodge. The unheated pool is for inn and cabin guests only and is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day.