Description - This 1, 247-acre area is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque western valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so profuse that the area in proximity of the park became known as Mousetail Landing.
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Mousetail Landing State Park
- The park office also serves as a museum/interpretive center. There is no admission fee. Exhibits include a snake skin, stuffed beaver, owl, hawk, turkey, duck and a goose. There is an Indian artifact collection and other area artifacts.
The scenic Buffalo River flows nearby, providing an opportunity for family canoe float trips.
Another point of interest is the Lady Finger Bluff Hiking Trail.
Recreation - Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, camping, playgrounds, an archery range, tennis courts, horseshoes and basketball. A number of programs, including the Fossil Program, Tree Identification, Wildlife Identification, Nature Hikes, Fall Color Hike, and Park History.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
From Jackson, take I-40 to Exit 126, south on Hwy. 69 14 miles to Parson, TN. Travel East on Hwy. 412 for 6 miles and cross the Tennessee River. Take a left on Hwy. 438, travel 2.5 miles. The park entrance is on the left.