December Friends of Pickett State Park hike is 12/14/2013. Join us for a hike tracing the steps of Tennessee Conservationist Magazine article "Exploring Tennessee's Arch Country. http://www.tn.gov/environment/conservationist/conservationist_tennessee-arch-country-winter-pickett.shtml
The hike leaves the Park Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and is rated moderate.
The December hike will traverse the top of Highway 154 arch and take the short spur trail to the base for a photo shot.
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.