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This lakeside trail circles Arch Lake and provides many bluff top overlooks for beautiful lake views


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

1,585' 483 m

High

1,515' 462 m

Low

95' 29 m

Up

109' 33 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

Description

The Lake Trail in Pickett State Park, like most of the other trails at Pickett, was created during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). The Lake Trail can be located by heading out on the Lake View Trail to the intersection of the two trails. Take the Lake View Trail by finding its trailhead right off of the southwest corner of the parking lot for the park's campground/picnic area. Signs clearly mark the trailhead.

Hike .6 miles on the Lake View Trail to the Lake Trail intersection which heads off to the left. From that point the Lake Trail winds its way onto a bluff overlooking Arch Lake. It then follows the bluff along one side of the lake where it provides many nice views of the lake and much of the park's facilities. The trail then meanders back through a hardwood and pine forest sprinkled with rhododendron to the end of Arch Lake. There it crosses Thomson Creek at the north end of the lake and continues back to the parking lot area. The route is peaceful and provides a great environment for communing with the beautiful surroundings. Several shelters were built by the CCC to provide places for rest and contemplation along the way.

An alternate approach to the Lake Trail is to cross the Swinging Bridge across Arch Lake. The Swinging Bridge is the other end of the Lake View Trail, a loop trail. The Swinging Bridge is an obvious feature of the lake and can be seen from the parking lot for the park's campground/picnic area. The Lake Trail intersection can be found immediately after crossing the bridge and will head off to the right.

The Lake Trail can also be a part of a longer route. This loop combines the Lake Trail, the Hazard Cave Trail, the Natural Bridge Trail and the Lake View Trail. All four trails are attached via intersections or short connector trails. By combining the four trails, a total distance of about 5 miles is created. This combined loop wanders by a variety of sights, including a natural bridge, beautiful Hazard Cave, many marvelous limestone wall formations, creeks, canyons, and finally Arch Lake.

Contacts

Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

Shared By:

Charles Pulse

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Photos

View across the top of the dam towards a natural bridge connection to the island.
Nov 21, 2022 near Jamestown, TN
Swinging Bridge across Arch Lake
May 16, 2016 near Jamestown, TN
Arch Lake from the top of an escarpment on the Lake Trail.
Mar 9, 2016 near Jamestown, TN

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