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Natchez Trace State Park – Volunteer Vacations 2021

November 14 - November 20

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This project will focus on re-routing a section of the 40 Mile Red Leaves Backpacking Trail, within the 48,000 acre Natchez Trace State Park and Forest. Volunteers will learn about sustainable trail design, trail maintenance, and hone their trailbuilding skills utilizing various tools including Pulaskis and Mcleouds. The new trail segment will be built near the scenic 58 acre Cub Creek Lake. Trailbuilding each day will be moderate with hikes of less that one mile to the work site. Volunteers will have access to the parks fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats for afternoon relaxation. Also, the 48,000 acre recreation area boasts 4 lakes and nearly 50 miles of hiking trails, and over 100 miles of multi-use trails.



Tennessee State Parks




Day hiking up to 2 miles each work day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Natchez Trace State Park and Forest contains 48,000 heavily forested acres of hardwood and pine, with many lakes and abundant wildlife including turkey, deer, squirrels and many bird species. We will be working near the picturesque Cub Creek Lake, a 58 acre lake built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1938. The park has 13.5 miles of hiking trails, ranging from a one-half mile up to 4.5 miles, and a 40 mile overnight trail (where volunteers will be working). The trails wind through the forest and fields and along the lakeshores and streams of Natchez Park.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in the Group Lodge which consists of 5 large cottages which sleep 10 people each (plenty of room to socially distance), with full kitchens, two full baths, dining room, living room, and deck with a picnic table. All sleeping arrangements are bunk beds. Volunteers should bring their own bedding (for a twin bed), towels, toiletries, and personal gear.


Airport Pickup Provided from Nashville International Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Natchez Trace State Park
24845 Natchez Trace Rd, Wildersville, Tennessee 38388 United States