Tennessee State Parks

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Chickasaw State Park

Activities

Interpretive Programming

Rangers in the Classroom

Chickasaw State Park offers opportunities for teachers to help students of all ages develop a depth of understanding for the world around them. The park covers roughly 3,000 years of human history, includes 14,000 acres of land, and provides a variety of healthy and fun outdoor recreational opportunities.

Our education program reflects this diversity and provides opportunities for teachers to use the park as a classroom for a teaching tool both in the classroom and in the field. Rangers are available to lead field trips at the park or present classroom programs at your school, free of charge. Various types of programming, which complement required subject matter required to be taught in Tennessee, are available in the following subject areas:  Social Studies, History, Language and Culture, Science and Recreation. For more information contact Ranger Ann Paley at 731-989-5141 or ann.paley@tn.gov.

Brewer’s Cabin

This historic cabin, built in 1876, serves as a reminder of days-gone-by.  Originally built in the Roby Community by O.B. Fields and his wife, Clearandie Stanfill Fields, the cabin was donated to the park by Ruby Nell and Max Brewer and is open for scheduled tours.

Sagamore Lodge

Built by the RA and WPA in 1936-37, Sagamore Lodge is an impressive stone and brick building overlooking the lake.  It was the park’s center for dances, lectures, dinners, and evening gatherings with Square Dancing being especially popular.  The lodge interior is a splendid example of late Arts and Crafts styling as practiced by New Deal agencies in the 1930s.  Centered on the stone fireplace is a metal plaque with the words “Chickasaw Forest and RA,” a reminder of the park’s roots as a land-use reclamation project.  This historic building continues to be a popular gathering place for many park guests today and is used for weddings, family reunions and meetings.

 Aviary

Come meet our winged friends, Chester and Henry, and learn all about Birds of Prey!  Our Barred Owl and Red-Tailed Hawk are viewable from the road at the Aviary across from the Park Office and are also available for Interpretive Programs on and off site.

 Annual Events - View our event calendar for details.

October – Arts and Crafts Festival: Mark your calendars! This annual festival is a regional favorite featuring handmade goods for sale. Free to public.  $35 for vendors. Food and drink available.

October – Frontier Days: The weekend is filled with frontier spirit and a variety of competitions including a lumberjack competition, at’l at’l throwing competition, and horse show. A variety of craft demonstrations and programs are offered to entertain and enlighten both young and old. Free to public.

December – Lighting of the Park: This annual event is a family favorite. Drive through the park and enjoy the scenery illuminated by thousands of Christmas Lights. It’s rumored that Santa makes a special appearance! Free to public.

Swimming

The picturesque sand swimming beach on the shore of Lake Placid is very popular with visitors. It is open seasonally from 8 a.m. until sunset. Swimming is free of charge. There are no lifeguards on duty and swimming is at your own risk.

Biking

Bicycles are allowed on park roads, and cyclists may access miles of additional roads in the adjacent Chickasaw State Forest.

Trail Rating: Intermediate

Fishing

Lake Placid (54 acre) provides good fishing for bass, bream and catfish. Personal boats are not allowed on Lake Placid with the exception of canoes and kayaks.  Fish length and creel limits are posted. 

Lake Lajoie (54 acre) provides fishing and boating opportunities.  Personal boats are not permitted; however, guests may rent jon boats, and pedal boats at the boat dock for use on the lake. The boat dock is open daily during the summer and boats may be rented from the park office on weekends in the spring and fall.  The same fishing information stated above applies.

Hiking

Lakeshore Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Friends Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Forked Pine Trail — 0.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Fern Creek Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Tent Loop — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Owen’s Spring Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lake Lajoie Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Public Horse Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate

Horseback Riding

Chickasaw State Park offers five miles of trails on rental horses or bring your own horse and ride hundreds of miles of trails in the Chickasaw State Forest.  Enjoy rustic camping, hook-up to one of 52 RV sites or stay with your horse in the Wrangler Campground at one of 32 sites with electricity and water.  Stalls available at the stables.