5 things to do near Pickwick Landing

June 1, 2016  |  Permalink

Last weekend was one of the hottest we’ve seen this summer. As the temperatures continue climbing, you might find yourself looking for some sweet relief.  Sometimes the best therapy for a southern summer is a trip to the lake, and what better place to start than Pickwick Landing.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Pickwick Landing State Park

Located on the bank of Pickwick Lake, Pickwick Landing State Park has a wide selection of accommodations. The 119-room inn provides a traditional hotel experience, including a restaurant overlooking the water as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The park also has cabins that can sleep up to eight people as well as RV and tent camping sites. There are even primitive campsites on the North shore that offer waterside options. 

 

WHAT TO DO

1. Relaxing on the water at Pickwick Landing

It’s fair to say that most people who visit Pickwick Landing have some interest in water activities. If you’re looking to fish, either from the bank or in a boat, this is a great destination for smallmouth bass and Tennessee River catfish.  The lake frequently hosts some of the largest fishing tournaments in the world. The park has a marina where you can rent a boat or pay to dock your personal boat. The park also offers about two miles of public swimming beaches, and plenty of places to soak up the sun. 

 

2. Teeing off at Pickwick Landing

Those who would rather spend their vacation on a golf course than on a boat should hit the links at Pickwick Landing’s golf course. The course offers terrific views with gently rolling terrain, pine and hardwood trees lining every hole, and tees looking out over Pickwick Lake.  Well-groomed fairways and greens keep the course difficult, yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round.  Pickwick Landing’s green fees are very affordable with discounts available for junior and senior players. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course and book a tee time. 

 

Photo courtesy of TNVacation.com
 
3. Engaging with Civil War history

Did you know that Americans fought one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War just a few miles from Pickwick Landing? The Battle of Shiloh took place at several sites along the Mississippi and Tennessee borders, and claimed more lives that all of America’s previous wars combined. It is less than thirty minutes from Pickwick Landing to either the Shiloh National Battlefield or the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, and a little over an hour to the Davis Bridge Battlefield. All three sites are well worth your time and attention. 

 

4. Hiking at Big Hill Pond State Park

If you’re looking to stretch your legs during your visit to Pickwick Landing, you should plan a day trip to Big Hill Pond State Park. The park is about an hour away, and features dozens of miles of hiking and biking trails. The picture above is from an overlook tower on the top of the hill in the southern portion of the park. It is one of the highest points in the park and provides views for miles in all directions. 

 

5. Exploring Indian mounds at Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park

Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park is home to at least 15 Native American mounds. Even if you don’t consider yourself a history buff, these burial and ceremonial sites are impressive to behold. Sauls Mound, at 72 feet, is the second tallest in the United States. The park is located about an hour from Pickwick Landing. It’s a great place to stop on your way into Jackson, or for those visitors heading from Jackson to Pickwick Landing. 

 

Don’t let the summer pass by without seeing and experiencing these amazing places. Make plans to visit Pickwick Landing State Park today!

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