Originally Posted by Aardvark
They didn't take so kindly in the Trace National park, indicated I needed to go to an established camping site.... they saw the truck and checked out on foot where I was. I am down here to support the Toyota Plant in Blue Springs till September, feeling my way around for spots, went to Trace STATE park this weekend to scout it out, just like it a little quieter... miss the Red River Gorge and Cave Run back in KY.
OK, on the Trace National Parkway, that runs from south MS to Nashville, that is just a narrow 1/4 mile band ( total, or 1/4 mile on each side of the road? I think maybe total) on the side of the road. And of course, all those typical intense National Park type rules. Still, I am surprised they followed you in. Unless your truck was parked over night, then I can see they might do that, as that would be unusual.
At Trace State Park, did you get on the trails and hike in? But it is true there is lots of 4 wheeler use and dirt bike use on weekends. Still, on weekdays I usually see no one else once I am on the trails, or worst case hear a dirt bike way off in the distance.
These trails are pretty much unmaintained, but I often hike off trail. So even on week ends I can pretty well avoid the bikers/4wheelers. They are always concentrated on the trails nearest where you park at Bushwhacker "camp" or parking area, and they mostly stay on the biggest trails, so hiking the smaller trails or off trail makes it easy to avoid them even on weekends. And once you get a good distance west of the main parking areas, and over near the Spring Hill abandoned community, you will rarely see any one even on weekends, almost never on a week day. But whatever day, you will probably be the only hiker in the woods.
But if you are here for Toyota, I bet you are only off on weekends, right? There are National Forests not far north of Blue Springs and not far south of Tupelo. You might get their maps and check them out. I don't think anyone will bother you if you hike in and hang there. But you will need to have a place where you feel safe leaving your truck parked. Other than that, on the weekends, just head for the Sipsey in AL! Believe me, you will find that plenty quiet, and lots of beautiful waterfalls.