Trace State Park
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Introduction

Lovely 2,560-acre wooded Trace State Park offers a break from the hustle and bustle of every-day life. The park, located just minutes from the excitement of Tupelo, offers a variety of lodging and recreational opportunities. Trace State Park invites you to explore miles of secluded nature trails by foot, on horseback, on mountain bike, or on motorized vehicles. Trace State Park was once home of one America's most colorful early pioneers, Davy Crockett. Crockett lived here and traded horses with the Chickasaw Indians after he was defeated in his bid for re-election to Congress in his home state of Tennessee. While living here, Crockett learned of his friend, Sam Houston's plight in Texas. Crockett traveled from this location to help his friend in the Battle of the Alamo. It was there that Crockett met his death.

Guests to lovely Trace State Park will find this an engaging spot to call home while exploring Mississippi history and culture. Guests will find Elvis Presley and William Faulkner’s birthplaces a short trip from the park.

Guest interested in exploring this part of Mississippi, will find a variety of lodging options within the park. The park maintains nine cabins, 17 primitive group camping sites, 24 premium camping sites, 10 primitive camping sites, and 46 standard camping sites. Guests will find that the park can accommodate RV’s up to 40 feet in length in spacious sites.

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Transportation in Trace State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

TRACE
2139 Faulkner Rd
Belden MS 38826

Trace State Park is easily located nine miles West of Tupelo, MS and eight miles East of Pontotoc, MS. Guests will travel along wooded MS Hwy 6. Signs should be easily found along Hwy 6. Guests will see the park approximately two miles after turning from Hwy 6 onto Faulkner Road in Pontotoc County. Those driving from Belden will be headed west on Hwy 6, or Main Street. They will cross Mubby Creek right before coming to Faulkner Rd. Guests will turn right onto Faulkner Rd. If you reach the Pontotoc Parkway, you have gone too far.

Parking

Guests will find parking at the entrance to the park, at the equestrian area, and near the restrooms, cabins, and group camping sites.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Trace State Park

Campsites in Trace State Park

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Trace State Park

Lovely 2,560-acre wooded Trace State Park provides guests with a quiet, natural retreat within minutes of the excitement of Tupelo. Trace State Park invites guests to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The park maintains trails for use by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and ATV riders. Guests to Trace State Park also have two disc-golf courses at their disposal.

Guests will find ample wildlife at this lovely forested park. Native wildlife include fox, deer, raccoon, bobcats, beaver, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, hawks, and owls. Guests with an interest in history and culture will be delighted by the historic and cultural sites within a short drive of the park.

Trace State Park offers guests a variety of lodging options as well. The park has nine cabins, 17 primitive group sites, 24 premium camping sites, 46 standard camping sites, and 10 primitive camping sites available for guests. Guests should note that there are some rough spots in the road, so proceed with caution. The campgrounds offer sites with full hook ups as well as primitive sites. The camp sites can accommodate RV’s up to 40-feet in length. The park provides three bathhouses with hot showers, a coin operated laundry mat, and a dumping station. Guests will also find a playground within the campground. Pets are welcome in the campground but must be maintained on a leash.

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Seasonal activities in Trace State Park

In-Season

Horseback Riding

Trace State Park Nature Trail offers guests the opportunity to explore a unique landscape of upland pine, hardwoods, and wetland forest. The park maintains another 35 miles of trails that can be utilized by ATV's, motorcycles, horse, mountain bikes and hikers.

Guests to Trace State Park who enjoy horseback riding will love the wide range of trails use. The park has set aside a trail specifically for equestrian and mountain bike users. This lovely trail winds through mature hardwoods and pines. The park also maintains a maze of 35-miles of combined usage trails. Guests should be mindful that these trails are used by ORV's, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrian users. There is a horse barn available for overnight accommodations.

Hiking

Tranquil wooded Trace State Park is an exceptional space for outdoor enthusiasts. Guests to the park will revel in the multi-use trails they find beneath these mature forests. Guests will find trails available for everything from hiking to ATV use. Most trails are used by bikers and hikers alike. However, some trails are also available for horses and motorized vehicles.

Guests with a penchant for hiking will enjoy easy four and a half mile Nester Trail. This moderately trafficked loop trail located is good for all skill levels. The trail is best used from March until October. Guests should note that though dogs are welcome here, they must be kept on leash.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf enthusiasts will be happy to hear that Trace State Park has not one, but two 18-hole disc golf courses. The Old Warrior Run course was the first North Mississippi long arm course. This course offers mostly wide-open fairways. The course is accentuated with distinct fairways, water holes, and some tight wooded holes. The Trace Gold course is a professional course. This championship course invites guests to play on well-trimmed Bermuda grass. It's a highly engaging course due to the variety in holes. Guests are challenged by tight wooded holes, changes in elevation, and the occasional blind shop. Disc course is open to the public, free of charge.

Off-Season

The Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum

Visitors to Trace State Park with an interest in southern culture and literature will be fascinated by The Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum. This museum celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. First located in a former church sanctuary, the museum is now housed in a modern facility with five galleries and a gift shop. Guests to the museum will explore exhibits in "Frenchman's Bend", an outdoor exhibit area.

This museum provides an interactive opportunity to get a feel for Mississippi’s rural culture with the Faulkner Literary Garden, the Storyteller's Chair, and Varner's Country Store. Guests can explore a real caboose, an early 20th century doctor’s office, a black smith shop, and a 1950s auto body shop. The museum provides agricultural exhibits as well as outdoor folk art.

Guests will locate the museum complex in New Albany one block from the birthplace of Nobel Prize winning writer William Faulkner. His parents, Murry and Maud Falkner lived in a simple frame house on the corner of Jefferson and Cleveland Streets at the time of his birth. Guests will find this home only blocks from the railroad.

Faulkner is considered one of the 20th century's greatest writers and offers readers an unique view of southern culture. Faulkner staged most of his work in fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Guests will quickly realize that this fictional space was a reflection of Faulkner’s own ’postage stamp of native soil" clearly on display at this museum. The William Faulkner Literary Garden, located one block away from the author’s birth site, brings Faulkner’s internal landscape to life by pairing the plants about which he wrote with quotes from his work.

Tupelo Automobile Museum

Guests to Trace State Park with an interest in automobiles or history may find the Tupelo Automobile Museum in nearby Tupelo of interest. The museum offers 120,000 square feel of display space. Guests to the museum will see over 100 antique and classic care. The cars are displayed chronologically, allowing the viewer to see the progression of auto design. You can also enjoy a self-guided tour, where you will move from the 1886 Mercedes Benz, through the history of automotive design, to the final 1994 Dodge Viper display. This collection is valued at well over $6 million and includes a rarely seen Tucker and Elvis Presley’s own Lincoln. Guests will be amazed at the history of automotive genius this museum displays. It should be noted that the museum continues to grow as cars are obtained, restored, and added to this stunning exhibit.

Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum

Music lovers staying at Trace State Park will find the Elvis Presley Birthplace and museum of interest. But be aware that this is no Graceland. This is an unassuming house that served as Elvis’s home until he was approximately 13 years old. For a fee, it's possible to explore the house and a church. There is a gift shop for buying memorabilia. There is also a movie available that provides information on Elvis. Guests are welcome to explore the well-maintained grounds for free. The grounds house several statues and a fountain. Guests are invited to stop and read writings about Elvis from the surrounding walls. Snacks are available for purchase. However, there is no space for picnicking. Guests will find ample parking.

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