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Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Plateau, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park is known for its geological, botanical, and scenic wonders. The park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, both areas containing prime wilderness country. Visitors to the park can explore large rock houses, natural sandstone bridges, scenic bluffs, and wild mountain streams. Spring brings dazzling displays of wildflowers, summer an abundance of blackberries and wild blueberries, and autumn a patchwork of colors to the countryside. The park memorializes and preserves the unique work of the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC, who first developed the park. In 1933 the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company donated nearly 12,000 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to be developed as a forest recreational area. Initial development of the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC occurred between 1934 and 1942, it consisted of hiking trails, 5 rustic cabins, a recreation lodge, a ranger station, and a twelve-acre lake. Many of the original buildings were constructed of native sandstone rock that the CCC boys quarried from the nearby forest. These beautifully built buildings have stood the test of time, thus qualifying the park to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Great trail for the whole family.

Great payoff and interesting bluffs

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful drive from Berea Ky and the trails did not disappoint! Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to take the kids back and camp there!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Needs a few more trail tags

This trail is right in our back yard! Absolutely love the wildlife. Can be a very trafficked trial. It’s peaceful when no one else is out there just to sit in the cave and pray. It’s amazing what God has created for us!

Great loop. Fairly easy hike with a couple of moderate sections. Some areas are pretty muddy after rainfall so take choice of footwear may need to be a consideration.

on Ridge Trail

hiking
3 months ago

I'd call this an easy to moderate trail depending on one's fitness level. if water is high, you may have some issues with a low bridge along the way but a great trail with beautiful changes in topography.

on Pickett Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

not as picturesque with natural geologic formations but a great trail to start younguns on. just don't jump! you'll know what I mean if you take this trail.

on Ladder Trail

hiking
3 months ago

one of my favorite short hikes with fun obstacles, beautiful rock formations and endangered plant life. Cumberland sandwort I think it is.

Amazing spot for hiking plan to go into cave next visit..

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail with the toddler.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail to hike in the snow. Lots of ice and evergreens. Really enjoyed this trail

Nice little nature walk. Beautiful rockhouse. For those of you with walking problems make note it does have a bit of an elevation change.

Good hike, well marked, massive rock house.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike, but the trail needs some serious maintaince. The views from Thompson Overlook are staggering. I am looking forward to doing it again next year.

on Indian Rockhouse Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Short walk down hill to the rock house and is beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

We loved this trail ! Lots of beautiful plant life well maintained trails . When using the all trails map and recording our hike while following signs we still found our selves off trail according to the map. We will most definitely be going back to get lost again lol.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this trail this past weekend. Beautiful views, overlooks, out cropping and plants. The trail was a. It confusing at some points. When you start at the trail head you will come to a sign about a quarter a mile laters. There are 2 paths, hidden passages is the one on the left. About a quarter mile later you will come to the Hidden passages spilt and you will want to go right.
There were a number of down trees and in some places the path is non-existent, but hey that's all a part of hiking:) this was a beautiful trail and I would def hike it again

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hiked this weekend and camped at double falls Trail maintenance is non existent this is not what I expected from a wealthy state park system Trees down across trail looked as they have been there 10 yrs Saw briers all around.

Found this to be a nice walk in the woods. The cave is impressive; the natural bridge is too! Well maintained with good signage. We had a lovely day to walk and lots of peace and quiet. Caught the last little bit of Mountain Laurel blooms which delighted my daughter greatly.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

A short walk really, but so worth the minimal effort. This is an incredible rockhouse. I had it to myself this morning, sat on a rock and let the wonder of the place fill my soul. The only thing that could have been better would have been for the mountain laurels to be bloom. Take this walk in second week of May and it should be bursting with blooms.

Friday, April 07, 2017

One of my all time favorites.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Beavers have made it an out and back

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice loop

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This moderate, well-maintained, out-and-back trail leads to one of Cumberland Plateau's best rock houses. Start from the trailhead at the park entrance sign on Hwy 154, and be prepared for some elevation change.
A nice, cool place to be in Summer, and beautiful in the Fall (like today's walk).

backpacking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Hidden Passage was one of the very best hikes in TN. It isn't any more due to poor trail maintenance. Three of us from TTA backpacked the trail this weekend. Going counter clockwise we experienced over an grown trail with enough thorn bushes to cut up the most experienced backpackers. For the novice hiker the trail could easily be lost due to the over grown brush. Double Falls is still a wonderful camping area. The trail to Double Falls is in excellent shape, we guessed because it is maintained by Big South Fork, not Picket State Park folks. After Thompson's Overlook the Picket folks got loose with a bulldozer and destroyed a significant part of the beautiful old trail. I have hiked Hidden Passage a half dozen times in the last 20 year and am very sad to see how it has declined. If Picket staff, for some reason, can't maintain the trail maybe TTA or another organization could help. Bull dozer work needs to be halted and damage needs to be corrected.

Beautiful! One of our favorite hikes!

camping
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lots of fun!

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The trail was very isolated, we never came across another person. The trail was so overgrown in parts that you cannot pass without a machete. As a result we ended up on an unmarked trail that was not on the provided map. Speaking of the map, my boyfriend is an experienced hiker and he had difficulty reading it. We brought a backpack with food, water, a first aid kit, and a knife. next time we will certainly bring bug spray and a bear horn because we each pulled off about 8 ticks from us afterwards and came face to face with a bear (about 10-15 ft from us). The trail was not well maintained, many down trees. All in all, my boyfriend enjoyed it but I am a novice hiker and it was a little too much for me.

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