Meriwether Lewis Campground is operated by the National Park Service on the Natchez Trace Parkway at Milepost 385.9. There are a total of 32 sites, primitive (no hookups), free, first come-first served (no reservations), open year round. The sites are large, level and paved, with some back-ins and pull-throughs – all equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. There is a building with restrooms, but no showers.
October, 2014 – Although I never did stay overnight at the campground, I drove through to check it out when I was leaving the area.
The fall colors were spectacular and worth a tour just for the trees. Entering the campground, you can go either way, and since there are no hookups, you can pull into the sites whichever way you want, too.
The road to the right takes you to the start at Site 1, a back-in (or front-in if you prefer).
There are also large pull-throughs, like this #3 on the left.
The roads throughout the campground are paved and in good shape. Here is Site 11 on the left and another pull-through on the right.
Cecil and his wife were campground hosts when I was there and beyond their motorhome you see the bathroom building (toilets but no showers).
Past that getting to the back part, pull-through Site 23 on the left and a little loop starting with Site 25 on the right.
Cecil told me one of the most popular sites is #15 due to its large size. Cecil also said Sites 14 and 30 were large and level sites good for big rigs, and that Sites 8, 10 and 11 were long back-in sites. I pulled in here just to see and if I hadn’t already been set up at Fall Hollow Campground during my exploration of this part of the Trace, I would have been happy to stay here. But the weather was pretty cold, I was low on propane, and full hookups made more sense to me at that point.
But I was happy to get to visit some new RVing friends here (Kristina Jo Hassan-Jackson, hubby Dan and friend Kyra Miller) who did stay for a few nights and shared a campfire with them. It’s always fun to catch up with fellow travelers and compare notes and travel tales!
A handicapped accessible site is available (not sure if there is another one or not).
There are a couple of spots like this around the campground with water fountain and a spigot to get water to your RV if you have a long enough hose.
Don’t be afraid to explore some of the side roads for beautiful sites like this at Old Spring.
Near the campground is the National Monument where Meriwether Lewis is buried and the location where he died. See Malia’s Miles 300 Mileposts Section of the Natchez Trace Parkway for pictures and information.
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The Campground Host told me that the campground frequently fills up early in the day, usually before 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hohenwald, TN at Milepost 385.9
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 35.50567 ♦ Longitude: -87.45965
National Park Service: 800-305-7417