(Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 391)
October, 2014 – When I was planning my Natchez Trace Parkway tour, I was checking out campgrounds near my planned first stop, about 50 miles down the Trace from where I entered from the Nashville side, heading south. The National Park Service campground, Meriwether was only 5 miles south and looked so nice, but since I planned to be in this area several days, I wanted electricity at least so that I could easily keep up with my work. So I chose Fall Hollow Campground as my home base.
This shows the sign from Highway 412 (Columbia Highway). You also see the brown sign to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway here, so it’s basically right across the road from the exit between Mileposts 391 and 392. See Location/Directions below for GPS misleading info.
I had seen some comments on RVParkReviews that the hookups were weird (see Pros/Cons below), but for me this meant I could pull straight into this site and enjoyed a great woody view from my huge windshield.
Overview of campground from office.
The office, restaurant and two motel rooms are located in this building to the left when you enter the driveway from Highway 412. There is no turnaround, so don’t turn left into this driveway – stay on the road leading to the campground.
First row of sites looking toward road. The ones on the left side are much more level than the ones on the right which has more of a slope to the ground. I tried to level in the site next to the motorhome seen here, but my front tires were off the ground, so I moved to the site shown at the top, which I ended up liking a lot.
I was the only one on this row – all the sites on this side of the road are 30 amps and none are pull-through.
Dump station on the left. I remember seeing a complaint about low hanging trees here, but it didn’t look bad to me at first. But once I had the motorhome here, I could hear some branches scraping the top and sides, and while there was no damage, that’s never a sound we like to hear. I think all the trees on this road all the way down could use some trimming, especially those leading to the last row.
I enjoyed meeting my neighbors across the road, Brad & Alana from Ohio. They said they come here frequently since they have friends in the area and really enjoy the peace and quiet of the campground and the beauty of the area with the clear creek water. They also remarked on how friendly and accommodating the owners are. Guess I’m just going to have to come back sometime to meet those folks!
Covered picnic tables and restrooms – showers building seen on the right. These are obviously brand new and although small and basic, both bathrooms were very clean and functional – although I didn’t try them out since I always use my own home accommodations.
Although my main focus was exploring the Natchez Trace, I did enjoy my walk along the nature trail here, too.
There are picnic tables scattered around, some right on the Big Swan Creek here.
When I was here in 2014, there were no sewer hookups on any site, but when I last checked their website, it looks like they have that now. There is a dump station that is free for campers. Other campers passing by can use it for a fee.
Picnic tables and fire rings at each site, picnic tables on Big Swan Creek (swimming allowed), nature trail around creek.
1329 Columbia Highway – Hohenwald, TN 38462 – (931) 796-1480
Although the address on an established highway seemed pretty straightforward, and the exit to Highway 412 (Columbia Highway) is easily seen from the Natchez Trace, both my Garmin GPS and Microsoft Streets & Trips told me to turn right once I exited the Parkway and got down to Hwy. 412. I knew almost right away that I had missed the campground, but with construction going on, I could not turn around until I got up the road 10 miles. Another lesson about unreliable GPS directions – it’s actually a left turn onto Hwy. 412 and you can see the campground across the road at that intersection.
I always do short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:
Great location with easy access to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Even though convenient on Hwy. 412, it’s not a super busy highway and I never noticed any highway noise at night.
Natural setting, beautiful trees, fall colors here are fantastic, nature walk around Big Swan Creek.
Campsites have generous space between neighbors.
As other reviewers mentioned, the hookups are not configured well in some cases and you need extra long water hose to reach the connection, depending on how you park.
I saw some complaints about the grassy sites, and I suppose they could be messy if it rained a lot, but I really didn’t have a problem in mine, even though it did rain one day and overnight.
Since campers are allowed to park in whatever direction they want to accommodate their preferences and hookups, I imagine it could get weird sometimes if people were not considerate.
My main problem was with the water connections. The faucets are pretty much level with the ground and I didn’t like having to get my hands dirty to reach for the faucet handle.
Satellite TV: I got a great signal with my rooftop DirecTV satellite. It looks to me like every site is open enough to get good reception.
Internet/Wi-Fi/Cell Phone: No wi-fi at campground, but my Verizon Jetpack and smart phone worked great, with 4G service.
Malia’s 2 Cents: My main disappointment here was that the owners, Bill & Kathy Roper, were out of town during my stay. From the reviews I had seen and other RVers I talked to who had stayed here, they are some of the friendliest and most helpful folks around. That kind of hospitality and care by owners can go a long way in making for a pleasant stay. My favorite comment heard about Bill and him never having met a stranger (from Don, the nice guy they had taking over while they were gone): “If you can’t get along with Bill, you can’t get along with anybody!” I also heard the food is fantastic, but that was not available since they were out of town. Let me hear your 2 Cents in comments below!
Propane tanks, including in motorhomes, can be filled at Tractor Supply in Hohenwald (about 7 miles on Hwy. 412).
Super WalMart next door on Main Street (no gasoline available here, though).
If you like homemade breads, cheeses, meats and deli sandwiches, fresh eggs, candies and unique items, don’t miss a stop at the Amish Yoder’s Homestead Market, about 12 miles south in Summertown on Hwy. 20.