Pickett CCC Memorial State Park - Jamestown, TN - Tennessee State Parks

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4605 Pickett Park Hwy
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Welcome to Pickett CCC Memorials State Park
Did you know? Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location! On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. The combined property will be known as Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park. To receive this designation, Pickett-Pogue met a stringent criteria set forth by the IDA, worked in partnership with local communities and governments and performed modifications to facilities including installing night sky friendly lighting. We are planning several night sky viewing events for the summer and hope you will join us! Pickett CCC Memorial State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. In 1933, the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company donated nearly 12,000 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to be developed as a forest recreational area. Initial development of the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occurred between 1934 through1942. The CCC constructed hiking trails, five rustic cabins, a recreation lodge, a ranger station and a 12-acre lake. The park memorializes and preserves the unique work of the CCC who first developed the park. The Pickett CCC Museum features interpretative exhibits and artifacts, depicting the Civilian Conservation Corps’ contributions to Tennessee’s parks and natural areas, while recognizing the CCC’s extensive efforts across the country. An interactive touch-screen exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to hear directly from former CCC workers, sharing their stories about their time working to construct Pickett State Park. Developed by Tennessee State Parks, the museum is in the same location of the former park office, constructed by the CCC in the 1930s. Approximately 70,000 Tennesseans served in the CCC in various locations around the country. There were 77 CCC camps located throughout Tennessee. Pickett State Park has cabins and campsites available for rent. The park has 20 rental cabins, with four styles to accommodate different size families. There are five rustic CCC cabins that can accommodate four people, five standard cabins can accommodate up to six people, five suite cabins can accommodate two people and five deluxe cabins can accommodate eight people. Each type of cabin is completely equipped for housekeeping with modern bathrooms, kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, linens and towels and fireplaces. There are 32 campsites at the park, each with electric and water hookups, picnic tables and grills. More than 58 miles of hiking trails meander through the wilderness of Pickett State Park and the surrounding forest. They vary in length and difficulty, from short day-use trails suitable for families, to longer multi-day backpacking trails. A backcountry camping permit is required through the park office. The trails afford views of sandstone bluffs, natural bridges, waterfalls and diverse plant life. Pickett State Park is adjacent to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a federally managed extension of the National Park Service. Also nearby, but off the beaten path, is the Charit Creek Lodge. Charit Creek Lodge is a rustic wilderness lodge located in a valley in the heart of Big South Fork. The lodge offers a unique way to experience the beauty and serenity of the area. The lodge is only accessible by hiking, biking or horseback.

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CAMPGROUND
The park offers 32 campsites, each with electric and water hookups, picnic tables and grills. The campground is served with a modern bathhouse and a dump station. The campground is open year round and the maximum stay limit is two weeks. Bundles of heat-treated firewood may be purchased at the park for $5.00 a bundle.

BOATING
During the summer, canoes and fishing boats can be rented from the boat house starting Memorial Day weekend. Personal canoes and kayaks are allowed on the lake.

FISHING
Arch Lake (12 acre) is stocked throughout the summer with trout. A trout stamp is required.

HIKING
Bluff Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Hazard Cave — 2.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Hidden Passage — 8.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Double Falls — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Tunnel Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Rock Creek Trail — 5.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Coffee Trail — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Indian Rockhouse — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Island Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Ladder Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lake Trail — 2.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Lake View Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Natural Surface Bridge — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Ridge Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate

DARK SKY VIEWING
Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location by the International Dark-Sky Association!
On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. To receive this designation, Picket-Pogue met a stringent criteria set forth by the IDA, worked in partnership with local communities and governments and performed modifications to facilities including installing night sky friendly lighting.
The astronomy field is located at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area's parking lot on Highway 154. The field is located above the gravel parking lot and has electricity. The field is available for the public to use for stargazing year-round. We also have scheduled star parties throughout the year in the field. Please contact the park office for additional information. A helpful clear sky forecast can be found here.

SWIMMING
The park’s swimming area, lined with sandstone bluffs, is one of the most picturesque beaches in the south. Swimming is free; however, there are no lifeguards on duty. It is swim at your own risk and an adult must accompany children. The beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily.

STANDARD CABINS
Rates: $85 — $130
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per cabin is non-refundable. $10 cancellation fee per cabin applies.
Pickett State Park has two standard cabins with two bedrooms (units #8 and 10) and three standard cabins with three bedrooms (units #6, 7 and 9.) Each bedroom is equipped with a double bed. These cabins will sleep 4 – 6 people. The cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping with full modern bathrooms, kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, linens and towels.
Each of these cabins have central heat and air conditioning. They also have a fireplace, which can be used during the fall and winter months. None of the standard cabins have a television or telephone.

PAVILIONS
Rates: $20
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Pickett State Park has two picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 20 to 30 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables a grill and access to restrooms.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled eight days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled seven days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

GROUP FACILITIES
Pickett Group Camp
The Group Camp at Pickett State Park is a perfect setting for your next church camp, scouting weekend, or family reunion! It accommodates up to 144 people. It contains six bunkhouses, two bathhouses, and a dining hall with completely equipped kitchen. Campers must provide linens and cleaning supplies. During the summer months, rental is weekly, but otherwise it can be reserved for a 2-night minimum.
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