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Laurel Hill Trail and Camp-WMA

30 miles; trail difficulty - beginner to advanced

Address: 27 Smith Rd, Lawrenceburg TN 38464
Phone: (931) 722-4442-Robert and Andrea Dalton  Email:laurelhilltn@gmail.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=laurel%20hill%20trail%20%26%20camp

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Getting here -mostly rural highways turning into one lane as you enter campground.
  2. Parking & Trailers - ample parking on gravel back in sites. Extra parking for day use riders.
  3. Family Friendly - yes
  4. Trail Difficulty - beginners to advanced.
  5. Trail Info - shady trails, water and creek crossings, ride over lake, shoes recommended, wagon roads. WMA Permit Required.
  6. Amenities - showerhouse, restrooms, dining hall, onsite office, bring your own hay, ice, shavings, and firewood.
  7. Events & entertainment - potluck on Saturdays, organized rides by permit only.
  8. Lodging - multiple furnished cabins and "cabarns".
  9. Hookups - 30 electric and water RV sites, no dump stations.
  10. Stalls - 22 covered stalls with lights and water, 16 uncovered pens.

Other/notable:

• Name of Trail-Laurel Hill Trail and Camp- WMA Trails closed during certain hunting seasons. Call campground before you plan.

• Location in relation to Nashville-90 miles Southwest of Nashville 

• Acreage-15,000 acres

Camping facility with day use

• Cost-WMA Permit High Impact Permit-TWRA

• Perks-Indian ponds, laurel hill lake with levee and vfw lake, fishing, and numerous creek crossings.

Entrance and Trailering

• Trailering-Rural two lane roads

• Parking- gravel lot with turn around. Back in and pull through sites 

• Town-Lawrence county. Between Lawrenceburg and Waynesboro.

• Fuel-5 minutes

• Food-5 minutes

• Amenities-pavillion

• Hours-weekdays and weekends year-round for campground. Trails closed for hunting during certain times of the year.

• Rails-no

• Tables-yes in pavillion

• Shade-partial shade in campground

• Water-yes

• Wifi-no

• Restrooms-bath house

• Lodging-31 sites with water and 30 amp electric on all, 1 cabin and RV

• Barn and stalls-2 barns with 22 stalls and 16 outdoor

Ice-no

hay-no

shavings-no

wood-no

• Trailhead in relation to camp- 2 from camp 

• Markings-Marked with yellow posts, brown signs and ribbons

• Miles-30+ trail miles, 30+ chert road miles.

• Skill level-beginner to advanced

• Footing-Sand, gravel, shoes and boots recommended

• Views-Lakes, distant views in winter, laurels in spring, eagles.

• Shared trails-With seldom hiker

• Special Notes-chert roads available for wagons and ATVs.

• What sets them apart- personal touch. Community.

The Campground is located adjacent to the parking lot on Artimis Road/Smith Road at the main Crossing of the horse trails and about 3.5 miles for the Boat Docks at the lake. Natchez Trace is 3 miles away. HWY US 64 is 1.4 miles away 

27 Smith Road Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Special Use – ATV/UTV’s allowed only on roads open to motor vehicle traffic.  All hooved animals must be ridden on designated trails or roads open to motorized vehicles. Hooved animals and ATV riding are prohibited during all big game (deer, turkey) seasons.  Hooved animal riding and ATV use permitted only by individuals possessing a license valid to hunt the WMA OR a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit.  The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. 

Named after the beautiful blooming mountain laurel shrub found in the area, Laurel Hill WMA consists of 15,000 acres of wooded hill country with over 30 miles of horse trails. 

The trails provide plenty of shade during summertime riding and they intersect the Little Buffalo River as well as other streams to provide a constant water source along the way. The trails have something to offer everyone from easy flat paths to hilly terrain. I do recommend shoes or boots as some sections are rocky. 

The land also offers miles of chert roads perfect for those who prefer wagons and ATVS and there are two lakes stocked with plenty of fish for all anglers. 

Robert Dalton opened the nearby Laurel Hill Horse Campground also called Laurel Hill Trail and Camp over 10 years ago. Today the camp has flourished into a busy weekend getaway for Tennessee and Alabama trail riders. 

The camp has a down home feel with fruit trees, manicured grape vines and blackberry bushes and flowers decorating the landscape. 

The camp is adjacent to the WMA horse trailhead providing easy access for campers and offers over 30 RV sites equipped with water and electric, a shower house with restrooms plus several cabins to choose from. 

Two small barns provide campers with over 20 covered stalls with water and 16 outdoor pens are available as well. 

Laurel Hill Trail and Camp has a quaint family atmosphere. The smaller size of the campground and the centrally located pavilion creates a communal feel to your stay and the regular campers welcome everyone to congregate in the evening at the pavilion for food and fellowship around the fire. 

My family and I love finding these places along our horseback journey that value fun, family, and friendship. 

We appreciated the welcoming atmosphere of this camp and it was refreshing to ride and camp with people who truly enjoy their horses and one another.  

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