August hike did a section of the soon to be opened Pogue Creek overlook to visit the hard working Americore trail building team. Pictured from front to back are Becky, Doully, Keith, Jared and Christian. Not picture and working on another section of the trail were Chris, Frank and Rob. The soon to be completed trail will be the hike of the month for September. It will go out to the overlook and please join us on 9/27/2014 at the park visitor center on Hwy 154 by 9 am central time.
The Friends of Pickett state Park hike for July went to visit the State Natural Area at Twin Arches. We had only five hikers, however the group hiked fast and was able to get a bonus boat float trip on Pickett Lake!
June 7th, 2014 was Friends of Pickett State Park hike of the month. Ranger Hodge guided the Friends through Pickett State Park and Pickett State Forest. The three mile, moderate hike followed a ridge of Pickett State Forest onward to Thompson Creek and features some unique rock formations. .
May 16th is our next hike! The start time will be 1 pm central and we will meet at the Park Visitor Center on Highway 154. Call 931 879 5821 for details or e mail Keith Garnes at Keithtnarcher@hotmail.com The hike will have close to 350 feet elevation change and is rated moderate plus. There will be a stream crossing so bring those towels to dry your feet! The distance will be under 4 miles with an option to do the back half of the Hidden Passage Loop for those who wish to hike with the Friends to a remote section of the park.
The Friends of Pickett State Park did the hike of the month for March. Here (left inset) the friends do the ladder on the Ladder Trail, The group hiked to three arched and a waterfall on the March 15th hike.
The Friend's February hike had two loop hikes placed back to back. Pictured here is the back side of the Lake Trail with a view of Pickett Lake Natural Bridge. Please join us on March 15, 2014 for our next adventure.
Pogue Creek was the hike of the month for November. Ten hardy hikers lead by Ranger Travis Bow braved the cold and did an off trail section of the Pogue Creek State Natural Area. .
Friends Of Pickett State Park Board Meeting December 16, 2014. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting. Starting time is 5 PM Central Time. E Mail Keith Garnes at Keithtnarcher@hotmail.com for details.
The September 28, 2013 group hike to Coffee Ridge Arch was a success with over 20 Friends of Pickett State Park members enduring the off trail trek. The events held by the Friends of Pickett State Park offer the opportunity to explore the Parks remote backcountry with Ranger Travis Bow. The next group hike will be announced soon.
The off trail hikers enjoy lunch at the Coffee Ridge Arch.
Friends of Pickett State Park group hike September 28th.
Join the friends at the Park visitor center at 9 am c.s.t. and be ready to hike. Ranger Travis Bow will ake us into the Pickett State Forest to hike to arches in the Coffee Trail section of the park.
Old Timers Day 2013
Pickett State Park's Old Timers day was held again this year on Labor Day. Pictured from left to right are Bobby Fletcher, Clyde Davenport and Mike DeFosche. The Bandy Creek Boys were also on the "main stage" and the music flowed from just about every picnic shelter all day long.
Friends of Pickett State Park first annual picnic and canoe float was July 20, 2013. Over 25 friends attended and the weather was perfect! Here the after picnic "floaters" (or should we say "boaters") prepare to explore the 11 acre lake. The second picture is "Chef" Ken Van Nieda flipping out on the grill to everyone's enjoyment. The other pic is from the swinging bridge catching some "Friends" paddling to the upper reaches of Pickett's Arch Lake. Please attend the Labor Day Heritage Days bluegrass event this September 2nd and see the friends do both burgers and funnel cakes! More info soon.
Friends of Pickett State Park board meeting is the first Monday of every month. The idea for the canoe and lunch gathering on July 20th was one of many ideas presented for the public to come out and enjoy the Park. Seated from left to right are board members Ron Bicknese, Ken Von Nieda, Jan Welker and Ken Paternack. Not pictured are Keith Garnes and Doyle Newburry. Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting o August 5th!
Friends of Pickett State Park group hike on May 25, 2013.
After a great lunch at the day use picnic area in Pickett State Park the Friends took a day hike with Park Interpretive Specialist Travis Bow. Several pink lady slippers were spotted as well as other late spring wildflowers. Here the group enjoys a break at Hazard Cave.