Pickwick Landing State Park




Pickwick Landing is one of the best state parks in west Tennessee for winter birding. With a spotting scope, scan the reservoir for grebes, loons, gulls and ducks. Hundreds to thousands of ring-billed gulls and American coots are a common site. Common loons, pied-billed and horned grebes are also commonly seen.

The park is one of the best places in west Tennessee to find brown-headed nuthatches throughout the year. In spring and fall, songbird migration can be excellent along the woodland edges and along the 2.8-mile Island Loop hiking trail. Many nesting birds are present in the summer. Over 145 species of birds have been identified in the park. For more locations, View Flyer.

Disc Golf

The Pickwick Landing Disc Golf Course is located on beautiful Pickwick Landing State Park. The course begins next to the Inn and finishes with a beautiful view of Pickwick Lake. The course was designed to be beginner friendly while still providing an element of challenge for more experienced players. Some tees utilize existing hard surfaces and some are carpet. Each tee is marked with two red wood blocks. The park features an inn, restaurant, and campground players can utilize. Course maps are available at the front desk of the inn or at the park office.


Pickwick Landing has 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. Swimming is not supervised at the beaches. Restrooms are available. The inn offers an indoor pool and an outdoor pool from Memorial Day to Labor Day exclusively for our cabin and inn guests. 


The park is located on the Tennessee River at mile marker 207.6. Below the dam is Pickwick Lake, a reservoir of the Tennessee River with fisheries similar to those listed for Kentucky Lake. It too is known for great sport fishing and numerous local and national fishing tournaments. The tailwaters provide excellent fishing for Sauger (winter/spring), White and Yellow Bass (spring), Striped Bass (spring through fall) and catfish year round. The river is located in three states, so check license requirements. Fishing is productive from the bank and by boat.


The Pickwick Landing State Park Golf Course is located close to the border of Mississippi and Alabama within the proximity of Pickwick Dam. The course was opened in May 1973 and is a favorite of the locals as well as destination golfers. Every hole is tree-lined. Out of bounds guards 11 holes and there are a total of 21 bunkers found throughout the course.

Pickwick Landing Golf Course is host to the St. Jude’s Charity Golf Tournament and hosts several district and regional high school events during the year.

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Island Loop Trail  — 2.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Inn Walking Trail  — 1.2 Miles — Paved Surface — Easy