Fall colors are slowly nearing their peak, and the temperatures have been very mild for enjoying the outdoors in Tennessee. Pickett State Park offers a scenic alternative to the busy (and temporarily closed) National Park areas.
Our family recently returned to quiet Pickett State Park, with its miles of easy trails, tranquil boating and impressive geological formations. Hazard Cave and natural bridges make compelling hiking destinations. You do have to watch for steep dropoffs, and unlike most National Parks, this park does not have many caution signs or railings.
The park ranger confirmed a bear sighting the day we were visiting, but we never saw it.
On our previous visit, we learned about the park’s history.