Meriwether Lewis Site is 7.5 mi. e. of Hohenwald, Tenn., at Milepost 385.9 of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway. The 800-acre site is a tribute to the explorer, who, with Capt. William Clark, led the first expedition west across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis also served as governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory. An interpretive cabin has exhibits that tell the stories of his life and the Natchez Trace. Within the park are streams, primitive campsites and 7 miles of hiking trails that traverse rolling hills.
In 1809, en route to Washington, D.C. along the Old Trace, Lewis died of gunshot wounds at Grinder's Inn. The cause of death has been debated; some say he was murdered, while most historians believe the wound was self-inflicted. He was buried at the site, and in 1848 the people of Tennessee erected a monument to the explorer that still stands.