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Natchez Trace State Park

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Archery Range

The archery range is open every day during daylight hours. Practice and sight-in targets up to 50 yards are available. Minors must be accompanied with an adult and you must bring your own equipment. There are no fees or permits required, but all posted rules must be followed.

Firing Range

The Natchez Trace Firing Range is free to use with a permit. Permits are available at the gate. The range is open every day during daylight hours but may be closed during law enforcement training.

The firing range consists of two separate ranges. There is a rifle and also a pistol range. At each range, there are blackboards provided but you must bring your own paper target. The rifle range consists of a shooting shelter with targets set up at 50 and 100 yards respectively. Any caliber rifle is welcome to shoot. We do ask there be no shotguns used on the range because of the damage they do to the blackboards. The pistol range has four stations with shooting distances ranging from 3 to 25 yards. Each station can accommodate from four to twelve shooters depending on the number of targets set up at the time. Please pick up all your own brass when using either range.

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Birding

The 9,629-acre Natchez Trace State Park consists primarily of pine and hardwood forest. Three man-made lakes occur within the park, where great blue herons, pied-billed grebes, American coots and a small number of ducks can be found in winter. Over 23 miles of hiking trails including a 14-mile overnight trail are ideal for woodland birding. A wide variety of migrating warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers pass through the area. Summer birds that can be seen include yellow-billed cuckoo, great crested and Acadian flycatchers, scarlet and summer tanagers, wood thrush, pine, prairie, and Kentucky warblers. In winter, brown creepers, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and occasionally red-breasted nuthatch can be found. The park is part of the large 48,000-acre Natchez Trace State Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Over 135 species of birds have been observed in the park. For more park and nearby birding locations, VIEW FLYER.

Swimming

A free public swim beach is located at Cub Lake. No lifeguards are on duty. The Pin Oak Campground has a swimming beach only for campers. A pool is located at Pin Oak Lodge. The unheated pool is for lodge and cabin guests only and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Boating

Pin Oak Lake is popular for all types of boats and water recreation. Guests may also rent jon boats at the boat dock for use on Cub Creek Lake. Personal electric trolling motors can be used on park jon boats. Brown’s Lake and Maples Creek Lake are managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. 

Hiking

Natchez Trace State Park's hiking trails range from one-half mile up to 5.5 miles, and a 40 mile overnight trail.

Biking

Mountain biking is allowed on the multi-use fire trails.

Fishing

Brown’s Creek Lake and Maple’s Creek Lake are managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Pin Oak Lake is managed by the park. Bait, tackle and snacks are for sale at nearby locations. Fishing licenses may be purchased at the lodge. 

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.