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Pickett State Park
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Pickett State Park
Description - Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre Pickett State Park and Forest possess a combination of scenic, botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee.

Attractions - Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation. Some say Pickett is second only to the Great Smokey Mountains in botanical diversity. The park is adjacent to the massive Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, with more than 100,000 acres of prime wilderness country.

Other points of interest are the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Rugby, Cordell Hull Birthplace and the Alvin C. York Grist Mill.

Recreation - Hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating and viewing interesting rock formations are available at this State Park.

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.

Location - From Nashville, take I-40 east to the Crossville exit and from there take Hwy. 127 north 46 miles. Turn right on Hwy. 154, travel another 12 miles to the park entrance.

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Filed By: Lisa
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Every Labor Day Weekend, our family has our Family Reunion at Pickett State Park because my family comes from that area. Now, however we are scattered. This year, I hiked a few of the trails. While the terrain was somewhat rugged and steep in places, overall the hike was not too bad. I am NOT physically fit, and although I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath, the whole experience was well worth it. The scenery is fabulous. Just take it slow if you're not athletic... like me. :)

Filed By: sycamore (Atlanta, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a gem of a place. The walk-in campsites are well-located and trailheads for any number of trails leading to fascinating scenery are within easy walking distance. Took 30-plus Boy Scouts and scouters there for a winter campout and they had a blast exploring the snow-covered scenery. We didn't even bother with Big South Fork, even though Pickett is right next door to it.c

Filed By: chelle (Cyhtania, Ky)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been to pickett state park for the past 14 years and I think that it is a wonderful place to go with your family. The Ball reunion has been there for as long as I can remember.

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Contact Information:
Pickett State Park, 4605 Pickett Park Highway , Jamestown, TN, 38556-4141, Phone: 931-879-5821

Additional Information:
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area - This National River and Recreation Area protects the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and it's tributaries. The park encompasses approximately 110,000 acres on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. It is bordered on the north by the Daniel Boone National Forest.
East Tennessee Region - There are over 30 State Parks and Historical Monuments, the Cherokee National Forest and he Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit in this travel region. All recreational activities are within a days drive of Knoxville.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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