6 Reasons to Love Pickett State Park

Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park is a hidden gem for lovers of the great outdoors!

The park is located on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. In the 1930's, the Civilian Conservation Corps built this park along with several others in the country. Pickett State Park is rich in cultural history and has some of the most unique rock formations and terrain you will ever find in Tennessee.

While the park has a fascinating past, there is so much to enjoy in present day Pickett State Park! We wanted to shine a little light on this hidden gem, so here are 6 Reasons to Love Pickett State Park:

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1. Beautiful Hiking Trails

Hazard Cave, Hidden Passage, and Double Falls are just a few of the most popular hiking trails at Pickett State Park.

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2. Swimming at Arch Lake

Take in gorgeous views while swimming in beautiful Arch Lake! The 12 acre lake is surrounded by a sandstone bluff that provides a breathtaking backdrop for this picture-perfect southern beach (open Memorial Day through Labor Day).

3. Relaxing at Nearby Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat

Love soaking in the hot tub? Horseback riding? Hiking? How about just swinging on the porch? Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat has it all! Just 7 miles from Pickett State Park sits this quiet and privately gated retreat. Whether you make a romantic weekend or bring the whole family, Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat is the perfect pairing for your adventures at Pickett State Park. Check availability and book your stay today!

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4. Epic Dark Sky Viewing

Pickett State Park is a designated Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park (one of only 26 sites worldwide). These dark sky viewing tips will ensure your dark sky viewing is out of this world!

5. Fun Trout Fishing

You can't forget fishing when talking about Arch Lake! During the summer months, the lake is stocked with trout. Fish from the banks or rent a fishing boat on site (hourly rates listed below).

6. Boating Experiences for the Whole Family

Pickett State Park has a variety of boat rentals available during the summer months, including paddleboards (hourly rate - $5), canoes (hourly rate - $5), and row boats (hourly rate - $3). You can also bring your own personal canoe or kayak!