Explore the most popular Nature Trips trails in Pickett State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

They've cleaned up the trail a little better than it used to be. Still needs some work on trail maintenance but overall it's a good hike and always has been. It's not too difficult even for someone starting out on their first hike and it has a lot of overlook and ridgeline overlooks that give you a sense of adventure. To further that adventuring spirit in you there are a trio of branch trails to take. One near the beginning will take you to Crystal Falls which is very pretty for a short stop. About halfway, just a little before you reach Thompsons overlook you come to the Double Falls trail. The falls itself isn't all that special but it has excellent camping in the basin area there and a pretty creek. Around the three quarter mark you'll reach tunnel trail leading to Rock Creek Trail loop. I'd not suggest going to Rock Creek from here unless you're backpack camping but the tunnel is neat. also keep in mind this is a lollipop trail and not a regular loop trail.

I really enjoyed this trail. Not difficult and many interesting things to photo. And we did the trail in the rain!

This hike was beautiful! The actual Hidden Passage Trail loop is actually only about 8 miles. I think the offshoots recorded on this account for the extra mileage noted.

My husband and I did this trail with our two dogs. It was a beautiful fall day. Could not have been better!

hiking
7 months ago

Hoss,me and our little dog pebbles enjoyed this loop!! The cave was huge and very sandy,huge bluffs and rock foundations. The bridge was very nice too,another great day to hike!

great loved the hike

on Pickett Lake Trail

trail running
7 months ago

The trail is not being managed and is currently grown over to the point of being impassable. I made it 1/10th of a mile and had to turn around.

Awesome! Great plant life , not a lot of wild life , but a first for us. Came upon a mother black bear and her 2 cubs. Great experience. This trail is a must if your in the area!

Great trail for the whole family.

Great payoff and interesting bluffs

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

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 Pickett Lake Trail

hiking
11 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
11 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
Monday, February 19, 2018

Nice easy trail with the toddler.

hiking
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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

backpacking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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

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.

One of my all time favorites.

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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