Meriwether Lewis | Established Campground

United States

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
271.6 masl
Phone:
None
Contributor:
jp.malouin

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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Second year in a row I’ve stayed here in my van and it’s perfect! Close to trails, quiet, pretty, bathrooms, water, FREE! My reception with T-Mobile is a little spotty but one working bar at the end of the camp loop. Spots seem to be about 50% full.

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Super easy overnight just passing through. Came in at 11pm, out at 6. Wish we could have seen it in the daylight! 3 other sites occupied, very quiet this time of year.

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As others reported - great free campground. Mid week only 4 others here. For those with trailers they do have a couple of pull thru sites. Super quiet with nice trails nearby and the grave of Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame to visit. Not far from Nashville.

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Vraiment un bel endroit sur la Nachez Trace. Beau camping et très tranquille : On a super bien dormi.

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Arrived on a Tuesday in November and 2 spots were open (van size).

Great cell reception on T-Mobile despite what the coverage maps indicated. Guess it’s due to the campground itself being a bit above the adjacent area

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campground about 50% full on beautiful fall Sunday evening. I was tired, so took the first available spot.

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My drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway was a bit marred by worrying whether there would be any available sites at this free campground. Not to worry on a Wednesday! I’d say about a third of them are occupied. I picked a site and pulled in. I haven’t seen the camp host yet so not sure exactly how this works. There are picnic tables and fire rings at every site. Some sites are pull-through and some are pull in/back in. There are trash cans at various places not every site. I saw one restroom building but haven’t been in it yet. One tent-camping family had a barking dog so I moved to the other end of the campground. I have one tiny bar of ATT. EDIT: I stayed a week. Felt safe here. No camp host ever contacted me although I did see a “camp host” sign at one site. Per the Natchez Trace Pkwy website you can stay 14 days with a total of 30 per year at the 3 free campgrounds on the Trace. The cell service was bad but hey I was camping! There were 6 nearby dogs which barked at everyone who walked or biked past. Sheriffs department cars made regular rounds through the grounds. Not sure why. Saw one Park Ranger vehicle.

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As described. Very nice place and better than many pay campgrounds. Filled water tanks, multiple faucets in campground. One to two bars Verizon but no functioning internet. Could be the crowds—worked earlier. Arrived at two on a Sunday about 3/4 full. Filled up completely by evening. 😳

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Meriwether Lewis Campground. Free, clean and quiet in February. Flush toilets

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3rd time staying and still the best place in Tennessee. Bathrooms and water available even in the winter. Not many people here this time of year so you have many great spots to choose from.

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Camping spots are nicely spaced apart for a campground. Arrived here on a Tuesday afternoon, maybe three quarters of the spots were taken which surprised us but there was one large group with about 6 to 8 children all under 12 that was taking many of the spots in the back. The children were well behaved and everything is nice and clean. Good bathroom, no showers. I am getting 2 bars of Verizon without any booster of any kind.

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still beautiful, still perfect, still free ! please limit your stay to 14 days or they will end of closing or charging for this campground like so many others. If you walk the old Trace watch out for poison ivy.. also the section across little Swan creek is very rough.

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Ended up staying the full 14 days. Two things I will never forget .. the beauty of Swan creek and the other creeks on the trails and the POISON IVY THAT WON'T GO AWAY. please take caution if you are allergic .. it really is bad.

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a wonderful free campground in Central Tennessee. walking trails paved roads picnic tables fire rings and level spots. Also water and nice bathrooms

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Great spot. Stayed 3 nights. All water was off except the bathroom when i was there. Decent trails off beautiful Nachez Pkwy.

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FREE 14 day Boondocking campground. Hydrant available with potable water by restrooms with flush toilets. Paved roads and sites. Easy for our 32 foot 5th wheel to navigate. Very shady and NOT good for solar. Quiet and wooded.

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Great free camping with flush toilets and garbage service. Decent cell signal. Hiking all around. Would stay here again for sure.

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Another of the Natchez Trace’s three free campgrounds. There are 32 spots available. As I’ve been traveling in the off season, hardly any spots taken. Spot 25 was lovely, closer to the restroom and afforded good light in the cold morning, making breakfast at the picnic table, which was very clean, and had the leaves blown off from under and around it.

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Off-season, so there were only a couple RVs, bikers, and tent-campers. Easy off the Pkwy, nice trails and restrooms. Stayed 2 nights, sites are smaller, and not particularly level, but we had no trouble finding a spot for our 25' trailer.

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Very beautiful campground with lots of trees and shade. Free dry camping and you can stay up to 14 days. Such a peaceful place until that one guy has to fire up his generator and run it all night. lol

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It’s open now and very pretty with the Fall colors.

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Campground has beautiful trees and little understory. I arrived late and left early but it was quiet and I would have enjoyed spending more time here. My visit was early fall, and there were a number of other campers there, but plenty of open spots too. I had a nice pull-through spot.

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Nice place to camp. Lots of trees so shade will block solar. Has both back in and pull through spots

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Stayed on a Wednesday. Nice and quiet. Tent sites, Van or short RV sites and several pull through sights. Got here at 4pm and pretty much had my pick. Trails down to the monument and some of the original Natchez Trace can be walked. Best of the three Natchez Trace Parkway camping.

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Nice camping along the Natchez trace parkway. Open as of 4/23/21. Multiple sites, dry camping, bathroom on site.

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Closed. Seasonal or COVID

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I just wanted to add a note that the campground was closed when I arrived today due to “an emergency” the entrance had barricades and no other information was available. We had to drive another hour south to the ferry port.

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https://www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm NPS site shows Merriweather is temporarily closed due to covid

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Closed due to covid October 2020

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not too crowded, fire pits and tables. standard campground.

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Superb, free campsite with clean toilets & potable water. No hookups. Lots of hikes & can stay upto 14 nights on a 1st come basis.
Actually spelt Meriwether Lewis !

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Wonderful place. Quiet and large lot at the level for any vehicle! Fireplace and picnic table at our disposal.

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Super clean, serene, and peaceful campsite. FREE. On old Natchez Trace. Beautiful trees surround the campsites. Each site has a table, covered trashcan, and fire ring/grill. Trees perfect for hanging a hammock. Very quiet with exception to some passerby’s looking for a site and the birds. I give it an A- just because there isn’t a river to jump in right close. It’s hot.

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Very nice campground for free. Established sites with tables, trash cans, and fire pits. Some pull through, some back in. Most not entirely level. Running water toilets and sink-very clean. Camp host with very sweet cat. Pretty busy on a Friday night in April but still several open spots in the morning. We walked down the road to the picnic area right on the creek at the end of the road. Very nice. Highly recommended.

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Hello
so lovely free place to have a quiet night on the Natchez Trace.
There is a host campground if you need.
Enjoy...

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Fantastic free campground with lots of room and access to hiking trails. Highly recommend!

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plenty of camping spots with an easy walk down to the creek

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Natchez Trace campsite with many beautiful spots. No fee!

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Many spots to pick from with enough room between camp sites. Fire rings picnic tables and concrete pads. Host on site. Very well maintained.

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Beautiful free campground. Clean restrooms but no shower. Potable water available as well.
Sites are all far from one another which is great.
We stayed there one night and the campsite was pretty much empty.
Really good place to stay for free.

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On the Natchez Trace Parkway. No service on site but beautiful sites. Restrooms and portable water

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