Chickasaw State Rustic Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west 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 Hwy. 100.
The park derives its name from Big Hill Pond which was created in 1853 when dirt was scooped from a borrow pit to build a levee across the Tuscumbia and Cypress Creek bottoms for the Memphis to Charleston Railroad. Over the years, a great stand of cypress trees has grown in and around the 35-acre pond. The Pond is accessible by four wheel drive.
A park recreation director, on duty during the summer months, conducts group games, arts and crafts, evening movies, campfire programs and hay rides.
Biking and Hiking
Bicycles are allowed on park roads, and cyclists may access miles of additional roads in the adjacent Chickasaw State Forest.
Hikers enjoy over 4 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails at the park.
Fern Creek Trail - .8 miles -- Forked Pine Trail - .65 miles -- Friend's Trail - 1.15 miles -- Lakeshore Trail - 1.5 miles
No overnight camping is allowed on the hiking trails.
Rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent on Lake Placid. No privately owned boats except canoes and kayaks or gasoline powered motors are allowed on the lake. However, electric trolling motors are allowed. Privately owned boats and trolling motors are allowed at Lake LaJoie only when the group camp is vacant. Fishermen, young and old, enjoy the lake and often dine on fine catches of bass and bluegill. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required for persons over 13 years of age.
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 dump station available in the RV campground. There is a playground in each campground.
Fisherman, 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 privately owned boats except canoes and kayaks are allowed. Privately owned boats and trolling motors are allowed at Lake LaJoie only when the group camp is vacant.
A valid Tennessee fishing license is required for persons over 13 years of age.
Crappie - limit 30, no minimum length -- Bass - limit 5, minimum length 15" -- Catfish - limit 5, minimum length 15" -- Bream - no limit, no minimum length
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.
Horses are also available for rent from the park stables. The guided trail takes approximately one hour to complete. Stables are open March through Thanksgiving weekend. The stable is open weekends in the spring and fall. Call the stables at 731-989-9494 for cost and hours of operation.
Located near the stables, the Wrangler Campground is designed to meet the needs of the 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.
The Sagamore Lodge meeting facility seats 100 people. Folding tables and chairs and central heat and air are provided. This building is popular for weddings, meetings, and reunions.
There are 7 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.
The park's 100-seat restaurant offers excellent Southern cuisine in a restful atmosphere. It features home style country cooking and delicious buffets.
The picturesque swimming beach on the shore of Lake Placid is very popular with visitors. A modern bathhouse serves the swimming beach.
The park features a hiking trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, archery range, playgrounds, volleyball court and lighted ball field. There is also horseback riding in the summer months. Many visitors bring their own mounts and explore the more than 100 miles of roads and trails within Chickasaw State Forest.
Tour buses are welcome and roads in the park are accessible to tour buses.
Chickasaw State Park, 20 Cabin Lane, Henderson, TN 38340More Info