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Located in some of the more altitudinous areas of West Tennessee, Chickasaw State Park encompasses a large area (14,384 acres) consisting of thicket and timber, and a lovely zone (1,400 acres) specifically designed for recreation. The park got its name from the Chickasaw tribe, who were the original inhabitants of these lands. It was officially opened for business back in 1955, which makes it one of the first state parks in Tennessee. Today, the park is a popular destination for families on a summer vacation, equestrian enthusiasts, anglers, RVers, and hikers.
One of the park’s main attractions is Placid Lake, and most of the campsites are located along its shoreline. The majority of the park’s territory is covered with hardwood and lush pine forests, which help protect and preserve the flora and fauna of the area. With so much biodiversity, botanists and birdwatchers will have their hands full unveiling the mysteries of the groves. Be on the lookout for red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and hooded warblers.
Guests who plan on getting an RV rental will be glad to hear that the park is not too far from the area's major cities. Henderson is just eight miles away, the town of Finger is around 13 miles away, and Bolivar in Hardeman County is nearly 17 miles away. Alternatively, you can search for an RV in Chester County to find an option that perfectly aligns with your travel plans.
RV camping at state parks offers easy access to a variety of recreational opportunities. Paddling, boating, kayaking, and swimming are all available at Placid Lake. For those who prefer to spend their vacation in peace and silence, with their gaze wandering across the horizon as they wait for fish to bite the lure, you’ll be happy to hear that both Lake Placid and Lake Lajoie have great fishing spots. As far as the game goes, you can expect to catch bass, crappie, and catfish.
Explore the park on the back of your horse, or rent one right on-site. The park's five-mile equestrian trail system makes it easy to explore the park. Alternatively, you can bring your bike and venture down the trails in the neighboring Chickasaw State Forest. If you're not in a hurry and want to traverse the park at your own pace, then opt for hiking. The park has multiple hiking trails varying in length and difficulty, so all you need to do is pick the route that suits you. Remember to watch out during the hike so as not to step on or trip over any box turtles.
Finally, the park offers awesome learning opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages through interactive programs. You can learn new things about the history, ecology, and culture of the park through the ranger program. Feel free to participate in many different events and competitions that take place here, including the Arts and Crafts Festival and Frontier Days, or visit the aviary, where park staff will teach you about the birds of prey that inhabit the park.
Chickasaw State Park RV campgrounds are really well-equipped. You'll have both electricity and water hookups at your site, accompanied by other motorhome camping amenities like picnic table and grill. Select sites feature sewer hookups as well. The maximum RV length is 110 feet, so the size of your vehicle or rental RV won't be a problem. Guests have access to bathhouses with showers and restrooms and a nearby dump station. The camps are pet-friendly, with certain restrictions. If you're camping at Chickasaw State Park with your kids, you’ll be glad to hear that there's a playground near the campsites.
More than 50 RV campsites are available here that offer plenty of shade, space, and privacy. You can also make your reservations up to 11 months in advance.
Camping in an RV gives you a chance to drive around Tennessee and see what nearby cities have to offer. Jackson is probably the most eventful and attraction-packed place in the vicinity. It's approximately 20 miles away but filled with everything you might need, like gas stations, convenience stores, and gift shops. If you're tired of preparing your own food, find a restaurant to grab a bite or have an exquisite meal. You'll find a variety of cuisines all over Jackson, including Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, pizza places, and burger joints, to name a few.
Jackson is a great place to enjoy a memorable family adventure. Test your mettle at the city's escape rooms, bounce around at a fun trampoline park, or hit the bowling alley. For those who love movies and cars (or movies about cars), visit Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum. Here, you will find over 20 vehicles that featured in iconic movies. The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo, cars from the Fast and Furious franchise, and many more are all parked here.
Those who enjoy golf, as well as those who would like to learn how to play, can tee off at Chickasaw Golf, a giant 18-hole course near the state park. After you finish your game or lesson, you can go to a clubhouse and relax with a hot beverage or a meal around the cozy stone fireplace.