Pickett State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by amazing views of the Cumberland Mountains, Pickett State Park is a natures lover's paradise, featuring 19,200 acres of caves, natural bridges, and spectacular rock formations. Located northeast of Jamestown, Tennessee, this state park is a must for your next RV excursion. From hiking and swimming to stargazing and horseback riding, Pickett State Park offers a variety of outdoor fun.

The mountain views of Pickett State Park are outstanding and rise up to 2,200 feet. You will love taking in the mountain air while being surrounded by unique geological, botanical, and scenic wonders. There are vibrant wildflowers and brilliant colors to observe in the park. History buffs will enjoy the opportunity to set their eyes on a museum that houses artifacts and interpretative exhibits on the construction of the park.

After you park your RV at Pickett State Park you can head out onto one of the many trails located throughout the park. Ten hiking trails offer you breathtaking views, waterfalls, and diverse plant life. The trails vary in length and difficulty. If you are seeking a leisurely stroll consider Indian Rock House Trail, a short trail that will take you through beautiful plant life. For the rugged type, Hidden Passage Trail is nearly eight miles and is a multi-day backpacking trail that requires a permit.

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Transportation in Pickett State Park

Driving

Pickett State Park is easily accessible by car or RV since it is located in Jamestown, TN, off of Pickett Park Highway. The park road will take you anywhere in the park you want to venture to, from the Visitor Center and Recreation Hall to the trails and campground. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers in the park, so you will be able to get around easily, whether you're in your trailer or another vehicle.

There are several parking locations for trailers and RVs, with five parking areas in the park. You will be able to locate spots at the Visitor Center and at trail heads off of Pickett Park Highway. Of course, if you are staying overnight you can also park at the campground.

Should you want to get out of the RV and stretch your legs, walking from the campground to the Nature Center is a breeze. You could also ride your bicycle in this area with no issues.

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Campgrounds and parking in Pickett State Park

Campsites in Pickett State Park

Reservations camping

Pickett State Park Campground

Pickett State Park offers 31 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents year-round. The campsites are divided between Campground A and B. Most campsites provide access to water and electricity. Amenities at this campground include a modern bathhouse and a dump station and each site has a gravel pad, picnic table, fire ring, and grill. Most sites offer partial shade, although some are situated on a slight incline, so keep that in mind when you are parking your rig. The kids will love visiting the playground and picnic area that will be within walking distance from your site. Firewood is available for sale in the park. You will be close to the hiking trails. You can stay up to 14 days at a time. Pickett State Park campground is trash can free and does not provide trash cans nor liners. There is bear activity in the park so store your food appropriately. Seven campsites in A section and four in B section do not have electric hookups. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First Served

There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds located at this State Park.

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Seasonal activities in Pickett State Park

In-Season

Swimming

If you are an active swimmer, you will love the chance to hit the water at Pickett State Park. This state park has a swimming area that is lined with sandstone bluffs and a very picturesque beach area. There is no lifeguard on duty and it is a "swim at your own risk" area. There is no cost to swim and the beach is open daily from the end of May to the first part of September.

Boating

Pickett State Park is an excellent location to bring your boat and head out onto the majestic lake. After you park your RV you can journey out to explore the area. Your canoe, paddle boards, and kayaks are welcome here. Should you not have any boating capabilities, the Visitor Center has a supply of fishing boats, canoes, paddleboards, and canoes available for rent. Life jackets for all boaters are required.

Hiking

You'll want to ensure that you have a great pair of hiking boots since there are ten hiking trails throughout Pickett State Park that range in difficulty. If you are seeking an easy stroll or hike check out Indian Rockhouse Trail. This short trail will take you through wildflowers and vibrant colors of the spectacular scenery around you. For a more advanced hike, purchase a backpacking permit and venture out onto Hidden Passage Trail, a nearly eight-mile trail that will take you deep into the park.

Off-Season

Dark Sky Viewing

For you stargazing fanatics make sure you pack your telescope in your RV so that you can take in the breathtaking stars in a certified dark sky viewing location. Pickett State Park was the first park in the southeast area to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location by the International Dark-Sky Association. The astronomy field is located above the gravel parking lot on Highway 154 and has electricity.

Visiting the Rock Creek Mortar Shelter Site

If you wish to learn more about the history and archaeology of the park, take in the ten-minute walk from the Nature Center to Rock Creek Mortar Shelter Site. Watch how park staff and volunteers excavate the site in hopes of locating more unique artifacts known to the area. Explore and learn about the 11,500-year-long sequence of archaeology from the earliest humans in the region to 1,000 years ago.

Touring the Archaeology Museum

Pickett State Park offers a museum that showcases the prehistory of the Native Americans of the Upper Cumberland Plateau region in and around the park. You can park your rig at the center and venture in to check out the exhibits on display or listen to a short film offering more information on the artifacts and area. At the Nature Center, you will be able to see how research is conducted and how the items are prepared for display.

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