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Patsy Cline Memorial

Historic Site or District
The memorial marks the area where the plane crashed. – Cari Griffith

ADA Accessibility Notes

While the trail down to the crash site is designed to be ADA accessible, it sometimes washes in heavy rains.

Outdoor memorial.

The somber Patsy Cline Memorial marks the location of the March 5, 1963 plane crash that killed one of the best loved stars in country music, singer Patsy Cline. Also killed that night were fellow Grand Ole Opry performers Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, along with pilot Randy Hughes. The musicians were returning to Nashville after performing a benefit concert in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nestled in the woods of Benton County, the memorial consists of a kiosk and a memorial stone where the plane struck. A walkway, a cross and small memorials left by fans complete the site. Thousands of fans visit each year to pay their respects to these beloved, fallen artists.

How to Get There

From Memphis - Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Get on I-40
1 min (0.4 mi)
Follow I-40 to TN-69 N/US-641 N in Decatur County. Take exit 126 from I-40
1 h 52 min (128 mi)
Continue on TN-69 N/US-641 N. Drive to Mt Carmel Rd in Benton County
22 min (18.1 mi)
Arrive - Patsy Cline Plane Crash Memorial
Camden, TN 38320

From Nashville, Tennessee - Approximately 1 hour-40 minutes

Get on I-40 W/I-65 N
3 min (0.8 mi)
Follow I-40 W to TN-191 N/Birdsong Rd in Benton County. Take exit 133 from I-40 W
1 h 7 min (75.7 mi)
Follow TN-191 N/Birdsong Rd and US-70 W to Mt Carmel Rd
28 min (20.5 mi)
Arrive - Patsy Cline Plane Crash Memorial
Camden, TN 38320

From Paducah, Kentucky - Approximately 2 hours

Take Kentucky Ave to US-62 W/Ohio St
6 min (1.8 mi)
Take US-45 S to KY-121 S in Graves County
40 min (30.6 mi)
Take KY-97 S, TN-69 S and TN-218 N/Paris Bypass to US-641 S in Paris
47 min (40.1 mi)
Turn right onto US-641 S
21 min (18.8 mi)
Drive to Mt Carmel Rd
5 min (2.7 mi)
Arrive - Patsy Cline Plane Crash Memorial
Camden, TN 38320

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leashes are welcome.


Daylight hours - no lighting on site.

Seasons Open

Open year-round.


Visitor Fees

Free admission.

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