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Pickett State Park

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Pickett State Park is in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre Pickett State Park and Forest in Jamestown possess a combination of scenic, botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation. Some say Pickett is second only to the Great Smoky Mountains in botanical diversity. The park is adjacent to the massive Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, with more than 100,000 acres of prime wilderness country.

Forty campsites are available, each with tables and grills. Twenty sites have electrical and water hookups. The campground is served with a modern bathhouse and a dump station. Sites are available only on a first-come, first-served basis, and maximum stay limit is two weeks.

Backcountry camping is available. Contact the park for more information.

Year-round fishing is available at Pickett's delightful, 15-acre Arch Lake. Fishermen need a trout stamp and a valid Tennessee fishing license for persons over 16 years of age.

Hiking trails are open year-round. Overnight camping is allowed on some trails. Remember, all plants, animals and natural features are protected. Please leave them for others to enjoy!

Pickett Trails:
Lake Trail - 2 1/2 mile loop
Lake View Trail - 3/4 mile-one way
Ridge Trail - 3 mile loop
Bluff Loop - 1 mile-one way
Ladder Trail - 1 mile loop
Natural Bridge Trail - 1 1/4 mile loop
Hazard Cave Trail - 2 1/2 mile loop
Indian Rockhouse Trail - 1/4 mile-one way
Island Trail - 1/2 mile loop

There are 6 stalls available for boarding horses. There is a minimal charge. Although pack animals are not allowed in Pickett State Park, the park is adjacent to Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area where pack animals are allowed.

Pickett State Park has 144 picnic tables and grills around beautiful Arch Lake. Restrooms and drinking fountains are provided. Three picnic shelters accommodating up to 50 people each are available for large family or other group use. Shelters may be reserved up to one year in advance.

Pickett's beautiful, cliff-lined, sandy swimming beach is one of the most picturesque in the South. The beach is served by a bathhouse. Swimming is available from Memorial Day through mid-August. Please contact the park for specific closing dates. A lifeguard is on duty during the open season.


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