Pickett Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial State Park (also known simply as Pickett State Park or Pickett CCC Memorial State Park) is a Tennessee state park in the upper Cumberland Mountains. It is located in Pickett County, northeast of the city of Jamestown, and is adjacent to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The park is located on 19,200 acres (78 km2) of wilderness including caves, natural bridges, and other rock formations. About 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) are managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as a state park, and the remainder of the property is managed by the Tennessee Division of Forestry as a state forest.Use our Jamestown online tour itinerary planner to add Pickett CCC Memorial State Park and other attractions to your Jamestown vacation plans.
The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1934 and 1942 on about 12,000 acres (49 km2) of land donated to the State of Tennessee in 1933 by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. CCC crews built hiking trails, a recreation lodge, a ranger station, five rustic cabins, and a 12-acre (4.9 ha) lake known as Arch Lake. Locally quarried sandstone was used in constructing most of the buildings. The original park facilities are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pickett's land area has increased over time as a result of additional land donations and acquisitions, and additional park facilities were built beginning in the 1950s.
In 2015, Pickett State Park was classed as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-sky Association. These are areas generally free of artificial light pollution, making them optimal places for stargazing.
The park offers boating, camping, lodging, hiking and many other activities.
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park reviews
If you're looking for a place to hike and enjoy some fantastic woods, bluffs, caves, and native American shelter caves, this is the place. Numerous trail that range from easy to strenuous are found...
If you're looking for a place to hike and enjoy some fantastic woods, bluffs, caves, and native American shelter caves, this is the place. Numerous trail that range from easy to strenuous are found... more »
Pickett State Park is an absolute gem, both for the quiet and solitude it provides and for the natural beauty of its geology and wildlife. We were initially attracted to it because of the historic...
Pickett State Park is an absolute gem, both for the quiet and solitude it provides and for the natural beauty of its geology and wildlife. We were initially attracted to it because of the historic... more »
We had a great time camping last weekend! Awesome hiking trails and kayaking lake. Participated in two ranger led events. The sky didn’t cooperate for our night sky viewing, but the night hike down to the cave was excellent. I like the rustic campground, but I do wish the sites were more level. Overall, we had a wonderful experience!
My family and I decided to finally make the drive here today to do some hiking. It’s been on our list for about a year. It was way more than expected, and we only did the trail from the natural bridge to Hazard cave. There’s much more to explore! The trail was managed by my wife and I and our 3 kids ages 10,7,4 with no real issues. The trail can definitely be narrow at times, and there’s some drop offs. But we were blown away when we got to the cave. I didn’t picture in my head out vast and big it was. It was so cool and quiet, we had it all to ourselves today for a while. We are definitely gonna be back to have a picnic inside the cave, and to explore the rest that the park has in store!
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