Mousetail Landing State Park

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Mousetail Landing State Park


(731) 847-0841

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This 1,247-acre area is located on the eastern banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque Western Valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery led to such a profusion of mice in the area in proximity of the park that it became known as Mousetail Landing. The park provides opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and swimming.

Map of Mousetail Landing (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.669120, -88.007849



  • Boating

    There is a boat launch area at the park. This area provides boat access and a courtesy pier. The boat launch area is located approximately half a mile south of the main entrance of the park.

  • Bicycling

    Two mountain bike trails wind through this area in deep forest - one follows a portion of the backpacking trail -and also along the river.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The roads through the park allow visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of the park from the comfort of their own vehicles.

  • Camping

    There are 24 campsites. The park campground has a modern bathhouse, laundromat, and electricity/water hookups for 19 sites. A dump station is also located within this area. Campsites are equipped with picnic tables and grills. Backcountry camping is allowed but requires a permit.

  • Fishing

    Visitors can fish anywhere in the park. Many of the Spring Creek campsites are on the edge of the water. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy catches of bass, bream, crappie, stripe, and catfish.

  • Hiking

    The park has one three-mile day use trail. There is one overnight, eight mile trail with two screened-in shelters. These backcountry shelters have bunkbeds and each shelter sleeps 8 people. Shelter #2 is on a large limestone bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and Busseltown Wildlife Management Area. Shelter #1 is located in a scenic hardwood forest.

  • Historic Sites

    Some tours include Fossil Program (year-round), Tree Identification (seasonal), and Wildlife Identification (year-round).

  • Picnicking

    There are approximately 25 picnic tables scattered throughout the park. Sixteen of these tables have grills nearby. Some tables can be pulled together for larger groups. Picnic areas are first come, first-served with the exception of pavilions.

    There is one large pavilion that can accommodate up to 100 people. Reservations for the pavilion can be made up to one year in advance. There is a fee for rental of the pavilion. Visitors can also rent a 144 square foot gazebo.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach area has been established on the Spring Creek embayment, a branch of the Tennessee River. Visitors can swim at their own risk. There is no lifeguard on duty. Visitors can also wade in a small stream at the entrance of the park.


The park is open year-round. Summer average highs are about 90 F and winter lows are in the 20s.



From Memphis: Take I-40 to Exit 126, south on Hwy 69 14 miles to Parson, TN. Travel east on Hwy 412 for 6 miles and cross the Tennessee River. Take a left on Hwy 438, travel 2.5 miles. The park entrance is on the left. From Nashville: From Nashville take I-40 West to Exit 143. Take a left on Hwy 13 South nine miles to Lobelville. At the National Guard Armory turn right on Hwy 438 and follow to Park Entrance (approx 17 miles on Hwy 438).

Phone Numbers


(731) 847-0841