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Old 04-03-2018, 11:55 AM   #1
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Meriwether Lewis Stop on Natchez Trace

We are planning to drive the full length of the Trace next month and one of the stops we have planned is the Meriwether Lewis Grave Site. From Google maps, it "appears" that you can drive into the location from the Trace and there is first a road on the right that is a service road and then a second turn that goes into a parking lot with RV parking and bathrooms. However, it is hard to confirm this from Google maps due to tree coverage when the photo was taken and the road view is even more confusing likely due to the date that the Google car drove the road.

Can anyone confirm that there is easy access to RV parking for this stop?
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Drove right around the loop pulling a travel trailer, no problem.
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Drove right around the loop pulling a travel trailer, no problem.
Not sure I understand, I don't want to enter the campground. Do you mean where the parking lot is located or the loop around the grave site?

Here is where I think there is RV Parking (circled in yellow).

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Best I remember, there is a parking lot before you get to the campsites. You can hike over to the grave site. You should be able to maneuver around OK.

The campsites have a few paved pull through sites, but no electric or water at the sites. There is a campground bathroom but no shower.
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You are overthinking this. Follow the signs, you will find a place to park. Visit and leave. There few people interested in history anymore, so I doubt that other visitors will crowd you out.
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Here is where I think there is RV Parking (circled in yellow).

The area you circled in yellow is easily accessible with a RV towing. If you zoom in little in this link: https://goo.gl/maps/oXQf8QmwjPQ2 , you can see the lines marked for RV parking.

When we stopped at Grinders Stand two years ago with a 40' motorhome towing, the place was completely empty. If I recall correctly, we parked at the north end of the loop that circles the Meriwether Lewis Monument and Pioneer Cemetery. If you look at the satellite imagery linked above, you can see what appears to be a 5th wheel parked there.

Not a problem, at all.

There's a pretty interesting story surrounding Lewis' death.

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Not sure I understand, I don't want to enter the campground. Do you mean where the parking lot is located or the loop around the grave site?

Here is where I think there is RV Parking (circled in yellow).

When you first posted, I went to Google satellite and saw the same image you posted. Then I went to street view and found that the path into the parking area you circled is not along the route shown by your yellow arrows. There is no turn off from the main road between the road to the maintenance yard and the intersection with Campground Road. From what I could see, the entrance is off of Campground Road as you can see the access road near the top left of your circled area (not the thin line shown on the map--zoom in on the loop of the parking lot), though the connecting point with Campground Road is hidden by trees. Looks plenty wide.
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When we stopped at Grinders Stand two years ago with a 40' motorhome towing, the place was completely empty. If I recall correctly, we parked at the north end of the loop that circles the Meriwether Lewis Monument and Pioneer Cemetery. If you look at the satellite imagery linked above, you can see what appears to be a 5th wheel parked there.

Not a problem, at all.

There's a pretty interesting story surrounding Lewis' death.

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Thanks, I didn't realize you could park up there and thought that was a waling path. Just trying to avoid getting into a situation where I have to back up.
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Just trying to avoid getting into a situation where I have to back up.
You can easily maneuver around the loop without having to back up.

Further, I think that the absence of the access that Ljwt330 mentioned in post #7 above to the RV Parking Area that you circled in yellow and indicated your intended path with the yellow turn arrow is caused by the street level view being generated before the RV Parking Area was built. That RV Parking Area is, I believe, relatively new.

I suspect that the overhead imagery is newer than the street level view imagery. The overhead imagery is updated much more frequently than the street level imagery. The overhead imagery clearly shows that your yellow turn arrow path into the RV Parking Area will work. The overhead imagery also clearly shows that you can exit the RV Parking Area onto Campground Rd.

I believe that you have multiple places to maneuver and park without any risk of being forced to back up.

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You can easily maneuver around the loop without having to back up.

Further, I think that the absence of the access that Ljwt330 mentioned in post #7 above to the RV Parking Area that you circled in yellow and indicated your intended path with the yellow turn arrow is caused by the street level view being generated before the RV Parking Area was built. That RV Parking Area is, I believe, relatively new.

I suspect that the overhead imagery is newer than the street level view imagery. The overhead imagery is updated much more frequently than the street level imagery. The overhead imagery clearly shows that your yellow turn arrow path into the RV Parking Area will work. The overhead imagery also clearly shows that you can exit the RV Parking Area onto Campground Rd.

I believe that you have multiple places to maneuver and park without any risk of being forced to back up.

Take care,
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Yes, I believe your are correct on the imagery difference between street view and aerial view.
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Meriwether Lewis Stop on Natchez Trace

Most of the stops on The Trace will have a sign at the entrance stating “No Turn Around” or something to that affect if they require backing up.
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We are planning to drive the full length of the Trace next month and one of the stops we have planned is the Meriwether Lewis Grave Site. From Google maps, it "appears" that you can drive into the location from the Trace and there is first a road on the right that is a service road and then a second turn that goes into a parking lot with RV parking and bathrooms. However, it is hard to confirm this from Google maps due to tree coverage when the photo was taken and the road view is even more confusing likely due to the date that the Google car drove the road.

Can anyone confirm that there is easy access to RV parking for this stop?
There are signs but a few months ago there was construction on one entrance but good detour markings. Camping is free fcfs. Really a nice park
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