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.
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Pickett State Park
- 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.
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.