Chickasaw State Park

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Chickasaw State Park

Tennessee

(731) 989-5141

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Overview

Chickasaw State Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in western Tennessee. Of the area's 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres are used for recreation. The remainder is state forest managed jointly by the State Forestry Division and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The park is located in Chester and Hardeman Counties, 18 miles south of Jackson, Tennessee on State Highway 100. The park features horseback riding, bicycling, and hiking trails, as well as opportunities to boat, fish, and swim in Lake Placid. Visitors have many camping options, from traditional car and tent campsites to vacation cabins to group camps for families or organizations. In addition, the Wrangler Campground serves visitors who are camping with their horses. The park provides access to Chickasaw State Forest, which has miles of trails. The park's 100-seat restaurant offers excellent Southern cuisine in a restful atmosphere. It features home style country cooking and delicious buffets.

Map of Chickasaw -Tennessee (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.361690, -88.815664

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Activities

  • Boating

    Rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent on Lake Placid. No personally owned boats or gasoline powered motors are allowed on the lake. However, electric trolling motors are allowed.

  • Bicycling

    The park has hiking and biking trails that are open year round. The trails are Friend's Trail, Forked Pine Trail, Lakeshore Trail, and Fern Creek Trail.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Driving along the roads of the park gives visitors a chance to partake in the natural beauty from comfort of their own vehicle.

  • Camping

    There are three campgrounds at Chickasaw State Park. The RV campground has 52 sites, each with water and electrical hookups. The tent campground has 29 sites, and water is available. The wrangler campground is designed for visitors traveling with horses. There are 32 sites, each with water and electrical hookups. All park campsites have picnic tables and grills. Modern bathhouses provide hot showers and restroom facilities. There is a playground in each campground.

    Chickasaw offers 13 vacation cottages, some sleeping up to six persons and fully equipped for housekeeping. The cabins, complete with fireplaces and televisions, are nestled among tall pines and located within easy access to Lake Placid. Cabins are available by reservation year-round with the months of June and July available on a weekly basis. Reservations may be taken up to a year in advance.

    The 131-capacity group camp is available to family groups and organizations and is completely equipped with dining hall, cabins, bunks, toilet facilities and its own swimming area. The dining hall contains cooking and serving utensils and equipment. Campers need only supply linens, food, medicinal and sanitary supplies and staff. The group camp is open from April through October and reservations are required.

    This facility accommodates 40 persons. The building features divided quarters with bunk beds and sleeps 20 people to a room. Central heat and air are provided as well as dishes, utensils, microwave, ice maker, freezers, refrigerator and stove. Groups must supply their own linens. A 45-day notice of cancellation is required for a refund of the deposit. Check-in time for this facility is 3 p.m. and check-out time is 10 a.m.

  • Fishing

    Visitors, young and old, enjoy lake fishing on Lake Placid and can expect fine catches of bass, catfish, and crappie. Boats may be rented at the park. No personal boats are allowed. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required for people over 13 years of age.

  • Golfing

    Golfing is permitted.

  • Hiking

    The park has hiking trails that are open year round. No overnight camping is allowed on the hiking trails. The trails are Friend's Trail, Forked Pine Trail, Lakeshore Trail, and Fern Creek Trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horses are available for rent from the park stables. The guided trail ride takes approximately one hour to complete. Children under 9 years of age may not ride on the trail. Stables are open March through Thanksgiving weekend. The stable is open weekends in the spring and fall. Located near the stables, the Wrangler Campground is designed to meet the needs of park visitors traveling with horses. Many visitors bring their own horses to Chickasaw to take advantage of the approximately 100 miles of trails in Chickasaw State Forest. The Wrangler Campground features 32 sites with water and electric hookups. Horses may be picketed at the campsites. A bathhouse with shower and restroom facilities is available, as well as a lighted arena and playground. Please note that horses are not allowed on paved roads within the park.

  • Picnicking

    There are seven large covered picnic pavilions that can each accommodate 50 people. Each pavilion is equipped with a grill and water spigot. Three of these pavilions can be reserved by calling the park office.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Tennis

    The park has tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    The picturesque swimming beach on the shore of Lake Placid is very popular with visitors. A modern bathhouse serves the swimming beach.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, as are the trails. Many of the park's activities are geared towards warm-weather use.

Directions

Driving

From I-40 take either exit 82-A to Hwy. 45 South or 80-A (which is 45 South by-pass) to Hwy. 45 South and from there drive 20 miles to Henderson, TN. Turn right on Hwy. 100 and from there it is approximately 8 miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(731) 989-5141

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