Camping
Meriwether Lewis

The park is located just off the Natchez Trace Parkway which in itself, is a park.  Lewis (of Lewis & Clark
fame) is buried in the park. My first stay here was actually Halloween night, but alas, no ghost showed
up. Maybe next year.

One very interesting feature of this park; camping is FREE.  I guess that's why I have stayed at this park
three time's (smile).  Anyway, it's only about a 40 minute drive southwest of Nashville making it very
convenient. I have found this to be a very "transit" park. Meaning: RV's come for one night, and then move
on; not staying more than one night.  Meriwether Lewis Park is located at milepost 385.9 along the
Natchez Trace Parkway.  Lewis' grave is marked by a large monument in the form of a broken shaft,
symbolizing the tragic loss of the great explorer in the prime of his life.  A log cabin replica is located near
the site of the original inn.

Two picnic areas, a campground, and several miles of hiking trails through the hills and along Little
Swan Creek make Meriwether Lewis a highlight of the Trace.

The bathrooms do not contain a shower.
Note:  All pictures on my site are thumbnails, feel free to click on them to view larger images.
The campground lies on a ridge top in young oak-hickory woods. It is broken into one loop and a side
road. Steep hillsides drop off from all sides of the camping area. Younger trees, some of which are
dogwoods, separate the sites. The camping areas are well maintained, well spaced and offer decent
privacy. The other camping area is on a narrow side ridge, with sites strung out on the road.  Each site
has a good view into the woods below. This area has the only bathrooms in the campground. But who's
complaining, since the campground is free. A small auto turnaround at the end of the road offers a few
more sites that are the quietest of them all. This is where I stayed.  The best sites are here at the end of
the turnaround.
Click the campfire for a PDF file of all the
campgrounds along the Natchez Trail