The new Pickett State Park Archaeology Museum and ETSU Archaeological Research Station opened in April 2017. The museum features the Native American prehistory of the Upper Cumberland Plateau region in and around Pickett State Park and Forest and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. The building also houses a field and research station for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) archaeological projects in the area. ETSU students and faculty provide tours of the museum for the public at large, visits to nearby archaeological sites, public programming and outreach, professional workshops, and archaeological field schools. This collaborative effort between Tennessee State Parks and ETSU represents the first State Park Public Facility devoted to archaeology and cultural resources outside of designated archaeological parks.
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!
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. canoes and kayaks are allowed on the lake.
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.