Pickwick Landing State Park was a riverboat stop dating from the 1840s. In the 1930s during the depression, the site was chosen as a location for one of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dams on the Tennessee River. What comprises the park today was once the living area for the TVA construction crews and their families. The TVA Village, better known as Pickwick Village was located where the Post Office, Park office and day use area are now located. The State of Tennessee purchased all 681 acres of Pickwick from TVA in 1969 designating the area as a state park in 1970. Since that time additional land has been brought to enlarge the park.
The park offers many activities for guests. Pickwick Lake is famous for smallmouth bass and Tennessee River Catfish. Fish that are known to bite year round are crappie, bluegill, white bass, stripes and sauger. Some of the biggest fishing tournaments are located here.
Pickwick Landing State Park offers a beautiful and challenging golf course surrounded by trees and water is found on eight holes. The course opened in May 1973 and is a favorite of the locals as well as destination golfers. Pickwick Landing also offers three public swimming beaches. Circle Beach and Sandy Beach are located in the park’s day-use area and the third is located across the lake at Bruton Branch primitive area. Altogether, there are about two miles of public swimming beach at Pickwick.
Pickwick State Park’s inn offers an indoor pool and an outdoor pool exclusively for the cabin and inn guests. The park inn has 119 rooms each with a picturesque view of the lake. The inn has a gift shop, restaurant, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, exercise rooms, outdoor and indoor pools and tennis courts. Located near the inn are cabins featured with central heat and air, cable TV, full kitchen, a patio and fireplace. Guests in the cabins enjoy all inn privileges including use of the tennis courts and swimming pool. Each cabin accommodates eight people and may be booked up to a year in advance. The park also offers 48 beautiful wooded campsites, each equipped with a table, a grill and electrical and water hook-up. Two of the sites are handicap accessible. A primitive campground and picnic area is located on the north side of Pickwick Lake and has 43 sites with some located on the lake.