Natchez Trace State Park in Tennessee fronts the Tennessee River and is based on trails used by Native Americans as travel and trade routes. The park was started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with an initial purchase of 48,000 acres of land as part of the New Deal Program. Many of the buildings put up by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public work program started during the Depression, are still in use.
As of 2015, Natchez has 13.5 miles of hiking trails, a museum, campgrounds, cabins, boating facilities and a restaurant. Both RV and tent campgrounds are available, as well as the Natchez Trace Wrangler Camp for people traveling with their horses. Each site in the latter has full RV hook ups, water and a hitching rail for horses. The camp is close to some of the 250 miles of riding trails.
Guests may also stay at the Pin Oak Lodge at Natchez Trace State Park, which fronts Pin Oak Lake. Decor is rustic, and lake and pool view rooms and suites are offered. Stand-alone cabins are also on site, as is the Western Spur Restaurant. The restaurant's hours vary with the seasons; it typically closes from mid-December through the beginning of February. The lodge is open year-round.