Our first day traveling the scenic route of the Natchez Trade Parkway had been picture perfect. The weather was wonderful, the temperature mild, and the trees had just started to show their spring bloom.
We started our day with the best Tamales we had ever had before hoping on the trace. Our first stop a ground breaking school for women. Then we visited a ceremonial mound and a historic inn. We learned how the the forest had reclaimed old farmland, saw the haunting columns at Windsor ruins and walked in the deep beaten path of the sunken trace before paying our respects at the Burnett family cemetery.
We were exhausted and ready to make some dinner before calling it a night.
We arrived at the first of three free campgrounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway around 4 pm. The place was packed! We grabbed the last remaining campsite. Our neighbors were quiet and seemed as if they’d rather keep to themselves. We respected that, but took advantage of the mosquito repelling qualities and ambiance of the great fire they had going.
Unfortunately, Rocky Springs campground had more to offer than we had energy. There are a number of trails you can explore including a section of the Old Natchez Trace. There’s also a self-guiding tour through the old town site of Rocky Springs just up the hill from the campground and if you have bounds of energy there’s the seven mile-long Rocky Springs Trail. If your not quite that ambitions you could choose the three mile trail south to the Owens Creek Waterfall.
The campsite itself had basic amenities. The bathroom on the upper portion of the loop was closed and looked like it had been for some time. The bathroom on the lower portion was open, but there were no showers and the facility was in desperate need of more than a little TLC. The ranger station was empty as was the brochure rack. All in all, it was pretty much just a safe, free, place to park for the night and as exhausted as we were we were grateful for that!
Some distant neighbors on the bottom end of the loop were having a great time singing and playing the guitar. I have to say, they were pretty good and we enjoyed listening to them for a brief period before we both were out like a light.
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Next week we start day two of our journey and what a wet soggy day we had!
Rocky Springs Campground GPS: 32.0867935281632, -90.7993519306183 website
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