Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown

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Must see · State Park · Historic Site
Pickett Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial State Park (also known simply as Pickett State Park or Pickett CCC Memorial State Park) is a Tennessee state park in the upper Cumberland Mountains. It is located in Pickett County, northeast of the city of Jamestown, and is adjacent to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The park is located on 19,200 acres (78 km2) of wilderness including caves, natural bridges, and other rock formations. About 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) are managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as a state park, and the remainder of the property is managed by the Tennessee Division of Forestry as a state forest.
The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1934 and 1942 on about 12,000 acres (49 km2) of land donated to the State of Tennessee in 1933 by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. CCC crews built hiking trails, a recreation lodge, a ranger station, five rustic cabins, and a 12-acre (4.9 ha) lake known as Arch Lake. Locally quarried sandstone was used in constructing most of the buildings. The original park facilities are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pickett's land area has increased over time as a result of additional land donations and acquisitions, and additional park facilities were built beginning in the 1950s.
In 2015, Pickett State Park was classed as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-sky Association. These are areas generally free of artificial light pollution, making them optimal places for stargazing.
The park offers boating, camping, lodging, hiking and many other activities.
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  • Stunning Fall beauty all around us here. Park is a bit off the beaten track. Just getting here was like going through a magical forest. Views stunning and lovely winding roads. Small visitor center...  more »
  • I stumbled over this park while planning short fall vacation. I stumbled into a throw-back park with no TV, Internet or cell service, it was great. The staff were friendly and helpful with trails and....  more »
  • Absolutely an amazing getaway! Cabin 5 is one of the rustic style they have for guests and couldn't have been more sweet! The trails that the park offers are breath taking, and gorgeous. Our family is one who loves the adventures the mountains can offer, Pickett CCC Memorial is by far the best! We hope to make Pickett an annual getaway.
  • What a glorious place. Absolutely stunning and close to big south fork. Incredible scenery, natural arches, and a very rustic and secluded camp ground.
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