Chickasaw State Park

Activities

Paddling

The park has two, beautiful 54-acre lakes for your paddling enjoyment.

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Birding

Mixed hardwood and pine forests cover the majority of the park. Year-round residents include owls, woodpeckers, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, and eastern towhee. Nesting migrants such as orchard oriole, red-eyed vireo, wood thrush, and warblers are common in the forest and forest edges. Placid Lake offers views of Canada geese, mallards, barn swallows, and herons. Open areas are good for robins, bluebirds and killdeer. 100 species of birds have been recorded in the park. For more locations, VIEW FLYER.

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. Our educational programming 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.  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.

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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.

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

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 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. 

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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 are available at the stables. For cost and hours of the stable, please call 731-609-6562.