Pickett State Park is located near to Interstate 75 north of Knoxville, TN, and just south of Tennessee’s border with Kentucky. Situated alongside the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Pickett State Park offers a lot of beautiful country for you and your family to explore. With the large National River and Recreation next door to provide rustic adventure and a state park to provide game courts and other more developed conveniences, this might well be an ideal location for everyone.
The campground at Pickett State Park offers over 30 camping sites that provide space for both tent and RV campers. However, the sites are a little on the small side for the largest RV’s. The campground at Pickett State Park is situated on a hill with the sites laid out in the standard loop. Tall trees provide shade, smaller vegetation provides some privacy, and the man made features blend in well to make this a very attractive campground. Stonework in the campground is a welcome change from more unnatural materials seen in many campgrounds. The campground at Pickett State Park provides a fire grate, tent pad, and picnic table at each site (electric is available at most sites) as well as a flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities.
As previously mentioned, Pickett State Park offers game courts as well as playground equipment, a swimming beach along the lake, and canoe and other small boat rentals. Arch Lake is a nice place to fish with a lot of structure and terrain to target. Arch Lake offers a number of game fish including trout. There is an abundance of hiking trails in and around Pickett State Park as well. Trails at Pickett State Park vary from short and relatively flat for families with small children to more challenging for those who like to leave civilization behind. Natural features including picturesque streams, waterfalls, mature forests, and rock structures all provide an interesting setting for a hiking and photography.
One of the more interesting sites to visit in the Pickett State Park area is the home of Alvin York. York was the most decorated soldier of World War I and was played by Gary Cooper in the excellent movie “Sgt. York”. This area was also visited by Daniel Boone and other early explorers. Other sites of interest in the area include the Daniel Boone National Forest and Dale Hollow Lake.
Pickett State Park makes a great camping and vacation spot for those living in Knoxville, TN, Lexington, KY, and other regional cities as well as those passing through the area. To get to Pickett State Park in Tennessee, follow US Route 127 north from Jamestown, TN, to State Route 154 and turn right. 154 will lead you to Pickett State Park.