Pickwick Landing State Park
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Introduction

Pickwick Landing State Park is located on the Tennesee River, but since the area was dammed in the 1930s, it is now referred to as Pickwick Lake. Counce, Tennessee has been the local dipping spot since the late-1840s. It wasn’t until the 1930s when the Tennessee Valley Association decide to dam the Tennessee River to provide hydroelectric power to the surrounding areas. After the 1960s, the TVA sold the area around the dam to the state and it soon became a state park. What started as local hangout has become a 1,416-acre state park with millions of visitors every year.

Pickwick Landing State Park is open year-round with RVers flocking to the cool waters to escape from the heat. Water sports such as boating, skiing, and swimming are some of the most treasured summer activities. Other activities such as fishing, hiking, playing golf, and canoeing are open to all ages and provide a great way to explore the park and its surrounding areas.

There are three different types of campgrounds but only one of them offers reservations for RV and trailer camping. 48 wooded campsites provide a feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. The sites have water and electric hookups but no sewer connections. A dumping station is nearby for you to dispose of your waste. Whether you spend the day on the beach or go hiking in the forest, you are destined to have a refreshing time at this beautiful campground. The park enjoys hot summers and cool winters

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Transportation in Pickwick Landing State Park

Driving

The park is located a five-hour drive from Atlanta, two-hour drive from Memphis, three-hour drive from Birmingham, and a four-hour drive from Chattanooga. The park is close to the Mississippi and Alabama state line, and there are many ways to find the entrance of the park. The most common way is by State Route 75 or I-20. Both routes lead near the main entrance of the park. The entrance of the park is on State Route 25 with access to the towns in the area. In the town of Counce, you can pick up groceries, watch a movie, or go strolling past small boutiques and restaurants.

The park’s roads are well maintained with no cause to worry about the rare pothole on your way in. It is still important to drive slowly and look out for children in the area. The park’s office will be on left, where you can check-in and pick up any maps or extra camping supplies. You can walk around the park or ride your bike to the marinas.

If you do have a boat then you may want to consider docking your boat by the marina before you go to your campsite. The marina offers two free docks and several reservable docks for large boats. Since the park gates close at night if you are running later than anticipated for your check-in be sure to call ahead. In the event of inclement weather, the park will close and issue an advisory for the surrounding areas. Flash flooding is a possibility for the area surrounding the park so be sure to stay up to date on the weather.

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Campgrounds and parking in Pickwick Landing State Park

Campsites in Pickwick Landing State Park

Reservations camping

RV Camping at Pickwick Landing State Park

There are 48 campsites available for RV and trailer camping. All sites come with water and electrical connections. The electrical hookups offer a higher power range for all ADA campsites. A dumping station is nearby to make up for the lack of a sewer hookup. Each site is shaded and surrounded by trees which protect you from the summer’s sun and provides privacy from your neighbors. Only five people are allowed at each campsite and a maximum of two cars an additional fee will be charged in the case of an extra car. Most sites are back in and paved.

You and your neighbor have plenty of trees, so you don't have to worry about privacy. A fire ring, hot showers, restrooms, and a picnic table are included. You can not bring your own firewood and you must respect the campground rules prohibiting the collection of firewood from the surrounding areas. For a small price, the park gives you firewood, so remember to ask your host where you can pick up a bundle. You can stay at the same time for up to 14 days and book a site up to 11 months in advance.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Pickwick Landing State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Pickwick Lake is a great spot for catfish, bass, perch, crappie and rainbow trout. Pickwick Lake is a relaxing place for fishing during the day. If you don't have a boat, you can rent one for a reasonable price from the camp store. Bait and rods are also available in the camp store. Fishing competitions are held in the park every year and the grand prize is a cash prize other than a delicious fish. You don't need a fishing license so remember to pack your rod and tackle the box in your RV.

Golfing

The golf course was opened in May of 1973. Since then it has since become a local favorite and the home of several small golf championships. The course is filled with little challenges from sand to trees between each hole. You can find the course filled with locals and a few location golfers taking in the warm sun to relax on all 18 holes. Remember to wear sunscreen and take a golf cart if you need some extra help getting around.

Hiking

For your RV stay in Pickwick Landing State Park, there are two trails: Island Loop Trail and Inn Walking Trail. The Inn Walking Trail is the easier of the two trails with paved surfaces leading to the park. On this simple trail, you can take a walk and enjoy the view along the way. The Island Loop Trail is nearly three miles and runs through the middle of the RV campground area. Remember to take sunscreen and drink water on your hike. Pack your favorite pair of hiking boots and remember to leave nature as beautiful as you found it.

Off-Season

Birding

Over 145 bird species call Tennessee home throughout the year. Different birds can be seen along the Pickwick Lake shoreline and along the trails. Pay close attention to the various types of birds and their nests. Many trails provide prime habitat for the pied-billed and horned grebes, goldfinch, American coot, big blue herons, blue jay, and many other songbirds. Remember to bring your binoculars and pack a pair of walking boots in the rig, then explore the Inn Walking Trail.

Geocaching

The park takes the adventure game of geocaching and adds its own twist to it. Using the GPS on your phone, they place interesting facts along the trails for you to find. This little treasure hunt can lead you all over the park and provide a great way to learn about the park. You will need your phone, comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, and a thirst for adventure. Unlike normal geocaching you will not need a pencil, to log your cache, or trade your treasure, just remember to follow the map and you will discover some of the secrets in the park.

Canoeing

You can rent a canoe from the park store at a reasonable price throughout the year. Take the time to float down the Tennessee River and learn about the different flora and fauna that call the river home. The park also provides rental lifejackets and oars. You can paddle along the river’s edge and run your fingers through the cool crisp water. Remember to leave all electronics at your campsite to avoid them falling into the lake. If you bring a snack on the lake, remember to take your trash with you.

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