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Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1942, Pickett State Park now honors CCC work in a new museum. The original 12,000-acre parkland was donated to the state in 1933 by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Plateau, the rustic park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest and adjacent to the massive 120,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The state park is surrounded by pristine wilderness and known for its scenic beauty. Park visitors can see natural sandstone bridges, wild mountain springs, waterfalls, caves, large rock houses ...

Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1942, Pickett State Park now honors CCC work in a new museum. The original 12,000-acre parkland was donated to the state in 1933 by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Plateau, the rustic park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest and adjacent to the massive 120,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The state park is surrounded by pristine wilderness and known for its scenic beauty. Park visitors can see natural sandstone bridges, wild mountain springs, waterfalls, caves, large rock houses and much more. The CCC built hiking trails, a recreation lodge, ranger station, five cabins and 12-acre Arch Lake. Many of the original buildings were constructed of native sandstone that the CCC quarried from nearby forests. The original park facilities are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hazard Cave is a popular attraction, especially the ranger-led nighttime hikes to see the glow-in-the-dark worms that live in the cave. Fishing boats and canoes are available for rent on Arch Lake but personally owned boats are prohibited on the small water. The lake is stocked though the summer with trout. The park has 20 rental cabins and a full hookup campground. Almost 60 miles of hiking trails meander through the wilderness of Pickett State Park and the surrounding forest. The trails vary in length and difficulty, including multi-day backpacking trails. For horseback riding, the park has six stalls available for boarding horses. Other attractions include a small nature center, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts and a swimming area lined with sandstone bluffs. Rangers offer interesting natural and cultural programs focusing on the area.

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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Location: Located in northern Tennessee, 80 miles north east of Nashville.
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    Spring for wildflowers, blooming trees and cooler temperatures