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Natchez Trace State Park

For the Mississippi state park, see Trace State Park.
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Natchez Trace State Park location within Tennessee
Location Western Tennessee
Nearest city
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Coordinates

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Natchez Trace State Park is a state park located in western Tennessee. It was named for the Natchez Trace woodland path that was an important wilderness road during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The 10,000-plus acre park features several wilderness trails, camping, sporting, horse-back riding, and water front activities.

History

Background

Natchez Trace State Park gets its name from the Natchez Trace, a Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee woodland highway that was an important wilderness road for the American frontiersmen during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It had been in use as a trade path by the American Indians, however, for hundreds of years before that.[1] A western spur of the trace ran through part of the modern-day park.[2]

The park

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Park activities

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Location

Natchez Trace is located in Carroll, Henderson, and Benton counties, near the unincorporated community of Wildersville. Interstate 40 bisects the park, which is roughly equidistant from Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.

References

  1. The Natchez Trace; Tennessee Yesterday website; accessed April 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Natchez Trace; Tennessee State Official Website; "Environment – Parks;" accessed April 2014.

External links

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