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.
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.
From mid-April through October, canoes, paddleboards, and fishing boats are available to rent through the Visitor Center.
Miles of hiking trails meander through the wilderness of Pickett State Park and the surrounding forest. They vary in length and difficulty, from short trails suitable for families, to longer hikes. The trails afford views of sandstone bluffs, natural bridges, waterfalls and diverse plant life and are interconnected.
Arch Lake (12 acre) is stocked throughout the summer with trout. A trout stamp is required.