Chickasaw State Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in West Tennessee, with water recreation on Lakes Placid and La Joie. Chickasaw was one of Tennessee’s earliest state parks and has always been a place of classic state park recreation, nature, and scenery in an historic environment.
Chickasaw is primarily a recreation park, popular for its cabins and campgrounds, swimming, pleasure boating, hiking, fishing and horseback riding. ATV riding and hunting in the adjacent state forest also attract many visitors. A park recreation director, on duty during the summer months, conducts group games, arts and crafts, evening movies, campfire programs and hay rides. Bicycles are popular 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.
Butterfly checklists are available for the park and its trails. Around the turn of the century, longstanding agricultural practices combined with the hilly terrain led to significant erosion problems in this area. Development of the Chickasaw Land Use Area began in 1934 to aid people stranded on poor and eroded land and to create a wildlife reserve and recreational area. The 1973 hit movie Walking Tall contained scenes filmed in and around the park.
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