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Pickett CCC Memorial State Park


Archaeology Museum

The new Pickett State Park Archaeology Museum and ETSU Archaeological Research Station opened in April 2017. The museum features the Native American prehistory of the Upper Cumberland Plateau region in and around Pickett State Park and Forest and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. The building also houses a field and research station for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) archaeological projects in the area. ETSU students and faculty provide tours of the museum for the public at large, visits to nearby archaeological sites, public programming and outreach, professional workshops, and archaeological field schools. This collaborative effort between Tennessee State Parks and ETSU represents the first State Park Public Facility devoted to archaeology and cultural resources outside of designated archaeological parks.

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Dark Sky Viewing

Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location by the International Dark-Sky Association!

The astronomy field is located at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area's parking lot on Highway 154. The field is located above the gravel parking lot and has access to electricity. The field is available for the public to use for stargazing throughout the year. We also have scheduled star parties throughout the year in the field. Please contact the park office for additional information. 

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The park’s swimming area, lined with sandstone bluffs, is one of the most picturesque beaches in the south.  Swimming is free; however, there are no lifeguards on duty.  It is “swim at your own risk” and an adult must accompany children.  The beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily.


Canoes and fishing boats can be rented starting Memorial Day through the summer. Personal canoes and kayaks are allowed on the lake.

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Bluff Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Hazard Cave — 2.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Hidden Passage — 8.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Double Falls — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Tunnel Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Rock Creek Trail — 5.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Coffee Trail — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Indian Rockhouse — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Island Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Ladder Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lake Trail — 2.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Lake View Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Natural Surface Bridge — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Ridge Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate


Arch Lake (12 acre) is stocked throughout the summer with trout.  A trout stamp is required.