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.
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We hiked Hazard Cave and Natural Bridge on a whim. So glad that we did. The park is a hidden gem. Both of the destinations were awesome. Bring a camera and take plenty of pictures.
We hiked Hazard Cave and Natural Bridge on a whim. So glad that we did. The park is a hidden gem. Both of the destinations were awesome. Bring a camera and take plenty of pictures. more »
We spent a wonderful afternoon at Pickett Memorial State Park. We had our small dog with us and we enjoyed having a picnic right next to the water. The crows tried to take our bag of dog biscuits...
We spent a wonderful afternoon at Pickett Memorial State Park. We had our small dog with us and we enjoyed having a picnic right next to the water. The crows tried to take our bag of dog biscuits... more »
The campground was nice and the park staff and rangers were friendly and helpful. The trails were great and pretty easy to manage. The museum gave a great snapshot into the history behind the CCC that built this and many other parks and other works. Small pieces of advice for those of you planning to visit Pickett for the dark sky viewing: check the weather first to make sure it will be clear and make sure you go as close to the new moon phase as possible. If you can pull it off.. go for a lunar eclipse. Happy trails!
We really liked this park. Will definitely come back. You can swim, fish, and hike. You can reach the caves easier from the trail heads entrances from the road, Hazard Cave Trail and Indian Rockhouse trail (about .25 mile walk). The night sky is absolutely beautiful. We went in the beginning of July, but bring bug spray and something for gnats. I'm adding some info for RVs since it was difficult to find any. We stayed in A12, and our friends stayed in A1. About 26-27 foot RV is the max that will fit in these sites. Not all sites are RV compatible. Some sites do have the water and electric hook ups on the wrong side. We were able to level our RV pretty easily. The drive in was not bad at all, we came in from I-40 East.
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