Geocaching is something that Jim and I have dabbled in a bit.
We live near the Natchez Trace Parkway (in Tennessee), and have found a couple of hidden caches around there, and we plan to hide a few near there as well.
Apparently there is some controversy as to whether or not caches can be placed on property within the Natchez Trace Parkway or not.
Technically, state parks are fair game, and are NOT off limits for geocaching. Whereas, national parks are, in fact, OFF LIMITS for geocaching.
That said, according to Pater47:
Yes, the Natchez Trace Parkway is indeed a National Park and is officially off-limits. That being said, there are a few along the trace within park bounds and many more just outside park bounds.
And seconded by Mtn-Man:
This is correct. Officially, they are not allowed there unless you get permission. In some areas, they will allow them.
Natchez Trace Parkway Caches
There is only one cache hidden along the Natchez Trace Parkway at this time:
Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge – Tennessee
We found it. But it can be a toughy.
Natchez Trace Parkway Waypoints
If you’re looking for some other longitude and latitude markings for prominent places along the Natchez Trace Parkway, here are a few:
- Natchez Trace Parkway (MS) – Lat 31.6125 / Lon -91.25917
- Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry Park (AL) – Lat 34.84028 / Lon -87.94472
- Natchez Trace Parkway Lauderdale Park (AL) – Lat 34.84833 / Lon -87.92389
- Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge (AL) – Lat 34.83889 / Lon -87.93361
Other Hidden Caches In The Area
And here are lots more caches hidden near the northernmost end of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee:
- Franklin, TN caches
- Jeep Travel Bug caches in Zip Code 37064 (Franklin, TN)
- Caches hidden within 40 miles of this gas station at the end of the Parkway: Zip Code 37221
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