Tennessee State Parks

Pickett State Park


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!

On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. To receive this designation, Picket-Pogue met a stringent criteria set forth by the IDA, worked in partnership with local communities and governments and performed modifications to facilities including installing night sky friendly lighting. 

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. The field is available for the public to use for stargazing year-round. We also have scheduled star parties throughout the year in the field. Please contact the park office for additional information. 


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.


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


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


During the summer, canoes and fishing boats can be rented from the boat house starting Memorial Day weekend. Personal canoes and kayaks are allowed on the lake.