Chickasaw State Park

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For Educators

Tennessee State Parks offers engaging, relevant, and interactive educational experiences. Discover more about learning with a Ranger -- in a park or in your classroom! 


Challenging, exciting, rewarding, and tranquil are just a few words that describe this remarkable 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course. Recognized as a 'great value', golfers immediately notice details that only the legendary golfer-turned-designer could deliver in this par 72 golf course; unlike any in the area from the layout to the breathtaking and natural setting--without a single home in sight. The golf course is run by a consessionaire. Click GolfatChickasaw to learn more.

Paddling - Rentals and Bring Your Own

The park has two, beautiful 54-acre lakes, perfect for paddling. Lake Placid is in the main part of the park and is open to the public year-round. The boat dock is open Memorial Day through the first weekend in August and then, weekends only through October 16. Kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and pedal boats can be rented at the boat dock during this time. Personal canoes and kayaks may be launched from the boat dock, year-round. For rental prices, please click here.


Mixed hardwood and pine forests cover the majority of the park where 100 species of birds have been recorded.

Interpretive Programming

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.


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.


All trails are natural surface. For a complete list of trail descriptions, click here.
Fern Creek Trail: 0.8 Miles, Easy
Forked Pine Trail: 0.7 Miles, Moderate
Friends Trail: 1.5 Miles, Moderate
Lake Lajoie Trail: 1.3 Miles, Easy
Lakeshore Trail: 1.5 Miles, Easy
Owen’s Spring Trail: 0.8 Miles, Moderate
Public Horse Trail: 0.4 Miles, Moderate
Tent Loop: 0.3 Miles, Easy


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

Trail Rating: Intermediate


Lake Placid and Lake Lajoie each provide year-round fishing for bass, bream, and catfish. Fishing boats are available for rent. Fish length and creel limits are posted. 

Horseback Riding

Chickasaw State Park has five miles of horse trail and the surrounding Chickasaw Forest has hundreds of miles of trail. Rides may be rented at the stable or bring your own. Chickasaw State Park also has a wrangler campground. The wrangler campground has 32 sites and is designed for visitors traveling with horses. The Chickasaw Riding Stables is a family-owned and operated concessionaire offering horse rentals, guided tours, and stall rentals for park visitors staying at the Wrangler Campground. Click here for more information about the stables or call 731-609-6562.