Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve in the Summer

Disclaimer: We stayed at Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve as part of our paid Thousand Trails membership plan.  We have received no compensation or benefits from them (or Thousand Trails) in return for this review.

As always, we arrived at the preserve on a summer evening, near dark… we thought we could whip right in and find our spot and get everything up with a quickness – yeah, that didn’t happen. This place is HUGE!  It took us almost an hour to get checked in and find a spot.  There are hundreds of sites here, but the coveted 50 amp spots are limited. Many of the full hookup/50 amp spots are taken early in the season by locals or annual members.  From those that are left, it is hard to find anything that is 1) level and 2) not overly far away from the activities.  Being here has reminded me that I am forever thankful we didn’t forgo our truck when we got our Class A!

Family Friendly Thousand Trails Park

My children had an amazing summer at Natchez Trace. My teens were able to enjoy a little freedom and my littles LOVED the activities and themed weekends that were centered around the children. We did two months with two summer holiday weekends, carnival games, crafts, food (oh my gosh y’all, the food!), swimming in the lake, swimming in the pool, hiking the trails, riding golf carts, meeting new friends, meeting life-long friends, and having a blast! If you are looking for an amazing summer retreat for your family, this is it!!

JillianPagent (Baby Girl won Grand Supreme at the beauty pageant during their BIG 4th of July weekend event!)

The Staff

The office and recreation staff at NTWP are wonderful. They are very helpful and pleasant to be around. Their activity director (Selena) is one of the nicest ladies we have met in all our years of traveling TT parks.  Very sweet lady.  She has a gift with children (of all ages) and is a joy to watch interacting with the kids.

Housekeeping during the summer is hard to keep up with.  We have visited this park during the off-season and their facilities are very clean and well maintained.  During the summer, it’s much harder for them to keep up with.  In order to get ahead of the demand during the season, they need to have an equally massive housekeeping staff, something Thousand Trails parks typically doesn’t have.


So, What Did We Really Think?

NTWP is one of our favorite parks! Our kids had one of the best summers of their lives here! If you want to have an amazing family summer camp-out, this is the place to do it! Tip: Get your summer reservations made in the spring, you don’t want to be left standing at the gate begging to get in!

I do not recommend this park to anyone who doesn’t like children, having fun, or socializing with other people when they camp.


3 thoughts on “Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve in the Summer

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    I agree with many of these points. I apologize if you felt unwelcome at anytime. I too experienced this when I first arrived. The locals didn’t take to us very quickly but fortunately we grew on them. The staff never has issues with pets unless of course the owners don’t follow pet policies. The same cant be said for others. That is a different story all together. Kind of like the person who claimed you took “his” spot. Well, that’s just rude & some people don’t care. I agree with housekeeping & yes unfortunately the staffing is near nonexistent here. We are working on that, too. I’m glad the kids had fun & regardless y’all made some lifelong friends at NTWP. You know you’re always welcome….plus you’re no longer an “outsider”. Now you’re family. Sorry to break the news to ya. So with that said we all expect gifts this holiday season 🙂

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      Oh goodness, no apologies necessary. The staff never made us feel that way. I can’t wait to come back and check out the redo of the cabins next season! My kids have been on my case since we left to head back “Oh man! Did you know we were missing [insert theme weekend]? That looks like so much fun!”

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    I would like to get prices for a cabin from June 4th thru June 7th plz


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