Outdoors By City

Beech Bend Recreational Park

22 Beech Bend Park Lane, Parsons, TN 38363; (731) 847-4252; Web Site: www.decaturcountytn.org/beech_bend_park.asp

Eleven acre park located five miles east of Parsons on the beautiful Tennessee River. There are 56 tent or RV lots with electricity and water, 18 tent lots without electricity. Daily, weekly and monthly rates available. Park includes picnic pavilions. boat rentals, two boat ramps, camping store, basketball court, restroom facilities with showers, and a dump station. Open year round. 

Pickwick Lake

Phone: (800) 552-FUNN; Website: www.tourhardincounty.org
Ranked as one of the top bass fishing spots in the U.S., Pickwick is renowned for its smallmouth and largemouth catches. Other sport fish include catfish, sauger, crappie, white bass, striped bass, spotted bass, and bluegill. Several guide services are available. Pickwick is also well known for its water recreation opportunities such as skiing, boating, canoeing, swimming and lake front camping. 

Pickwick Landing State Park Golf Course

Hwy. 57 at Pickwick Dam, Shiloh, TN 38376; (731) 689-3149 or (800) 250-8615
Golf Digest has awarded this facility “Three Stars” in the Places to Play category. Hole #2, a tight dogleg right Par 4, 396 yards, is the Signature Hole with out of bounds protecting the entire right side of the fairway. Driving Range, Practice Green, On Site Lodging, Snack Bar, Club Rental. Lessons Available.  Tee times required 7 days a week. Open daily, closed on Christmas Day.

Pickwick Boat Rentals

Pickwick Landing Marina, P.O. Box 286, Counce, TN  38326; (731) 689-5359; (731) 607-9967 (Sunday & Monday)
Moored at Pickwick Landing State Park, boats available for rental include Coast Guard Approved Maxi-Toons for up to 12 people and Ski-Toons for up to 10 people.  Deposit required.  Rental periods available are one day or multi-day.  Office open March thru Labor Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Pickwick Landing State Resort Park

Hardin CountyP. O. Box 15, Pickwick Dam, TN 38365; (731) 689-3129, (800) 250-8615; Web Site: www.tnstateparks.com
Located on State Hwy. 57 at Pickwick Dam.  This 1,533-acre park on the shores of Pickwick Reservoir offers a full-service marina, three public boat ramps, a 124-room inn and restaurant with conference and meeting facilities, 15 cabins, campground, disc golf course and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park

Madison County460 Ozier Rd., Pinson, TN 38366; (731) 988-5614; Web Site: www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/pinson
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area consists of at least 15 earthen mounds, a geometric enclosure and habitation areas that encompass over 1,310 acres. It is the largest Middle Woodland period mound complex in the Southeast. Facilities include a museum designed to replicate a mound with displays, videos and interpretive programs. Picnic shelters, playground, six miles of hiking trails with a boardwalk along the Forked Deer River and a 32-person group camp for overnight stay. Park trails and shelters are open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. Museum and office are closed on all State and Federal Holidays Nov. thru Good Friday. Museum hours are: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Natchez Trace State Park

Henderson County 24845 Natchez Trace Rd., Wildersville, TN 38388; (800) 250-8616; (731) 968-8176
Named for the western alternative route of the famous Nashville-to-Natchez trail of the 18th and 19th centuries. The park includes Pin Oak and Cub Lake units which encompass 8,901-acres within the 48,000-acre Natchez Trace State Forest, Tennessee’s largest state forest. Along with the scenic woodlands, the park offers four lakes, 45 miles of hiking trails, a wrangler camp, inn, restaurant, and cabins.

Chickasaw State Park

Chester County 20 Cabin Lane, Henderson, TN 38340; (731) 989-5141On U.S. Hwy. 100
this 1,435-acre Park and forest was once part of a vast area belonging to the Chickasaw Nation prior to the Jackson Purchase of 1818. Numerous miles of fire roads and trails wind through the scenic timberlands which embraces Lake Placid. The park offers 13 vacation cottages, 113 camping sites, a completely equipped lodge for up to 100 persons, hiking trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, archery range, badminton court, horseshoe pits, lighted ball field, playground, volleyball court and horseback riding in the summer. Open daily; lodge is open April through October.

Big Hill Pond State Park

1435 John Howell Rd., Pocahontas, TN 38061; (731) 645-7967
On State Hwy. 57 located on the junction of the Tuscumbia and Hatchie State Scenic Rivers. The 4,218-acre park features the Travis McNatt Fishing Lake, a cypress-lined pond created during levy construction for the Memphis-Charleston Railroad line, a boardwalk trail leading into a wetlands area, campsites, backpacking trails, kayak & canoe rentals, picnic sites and a visitor’s center.  

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