Silke and I were able to relax for a long weekend at the Chickasaw State Park located just a few miles south of Jackson, TN.

We are house hunting once again and after looking at properties for three days straight we were ready for a breather. There is no better way to unplug from the demands of life then spending a few days in the great outdoors.

Tennessee has over 50 different parks to choose from and as luck has it, one of them is located just 21 miles south of the city of Jackson. Learn more about TN state parks in this article – Tennessee State Park Waterfall Tours

Chickasaw State Park Entrance

Chickasaw State Park In Tennessee

Chickasaw State Park Lake Placid

Tree Carving Chickasaw State Park

The insert (upper right) shows names that were carved into this tree. Standing next to it today you begin to realize how long ago that these names were put here. I’m just over 6′ tall, how many inches does an average tree grow every year?

Bridge Over Lake Placid

Do you enjoy bird watching?  Year-round residents include owls, woodpeckers, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, and eastern towhee. Nesting migrants such as orchard oriole, red-eyed vireo, woodthrush, and warblers are common in the forest and forest edges. Placid Lake offers views of Canada geese, mallards, barn swallows, and herons. Open areas are good for robins, bluebirds and killdeer. 100 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Learn more… Birds of Chickasaw State Park

Chickasaw State Park Camping Lodge

Just one of the 13 camping lodges that you can rent at Chickasaw State Park.  The Chickasaw state park consists of 1,280 acres amidst a 14,384 acres state forest, and includes Lake Placid and some of West Tennessee’s highest areas.

Nick Camp Dining

Having lunch at Chickasaw State Park

Chickasaw State Park Signage

Coleman Gear Camping

David Crockett Chickasaw State Park

Forest Canopy Chickasaw State Park

Lake Placid Bridge

Chickasaw State Park was named for the Chickasaw Indians who once inhabited West Tennessee and North Mississippi. The 1,400 acres of land located in West Tennessee along the border of Hardeman and Chester Counties was one of Tennessee’s 20 New Deal-era state parks. The territory became a state park in 1955 when all park duties returned to state control, and the park and forest lands were deeded to the state. Courtesy of Tennesse State

Silke Camp Cooking

Silke did all the cooking and wonderful meals were made every day using our Coleman camping gearI am a big fan of Coleman camping gear and each year we make it a point to add at least one item to our camping gear.

Silke Chickasaw State Park Trails

A list of the many Hiking Trails located within the Chickasaw State Park:

Lakeshore Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Friends Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Forked Pine Trail — 0.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Fern Creek Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Tent Loop — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Owen’s Spring Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lake Lajoie Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Public Horse Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate

Silke Chickasaw State Park Trail

Earlier this morning we made an offer on a house we like in Jackson, TN, and now the waiting game begins.

Don’t be surprised if we come knocking on your door in the near future. Just kidding! We are available to house sit and care take in the Tennessee area. We’re staying in a ‘long-term’ motel at the moment and we might have to find a more cost-efficient way to bridge the time until we’re ready to move into our next home.


Have you had a chance to enjoy the Chickasaw State Park in Tennessee? Leave us a comment below. 

5 thoughts on “Chickasaw State Park In Tennessee”
  1. You good-looking couple. Jackson, Tenn. is ginda out there, like a long way between Nashville and Memphis but a great area. You two are acting like southern-convert nomads. How cool my friends.

    1. Alastar,

      How have you been? Do you still have your website? It has been a little hectic here but now that things are settling down again we will have more time to catch up with all our blogging friends once again.

      You are absolutely right. One hour from Memphis and two hours from Nashville puts us smack in the middle. With a population of 60,000, Jackson has a small town feel to it yet.

      Right after we left we saw South Carolina on the national news covering all the rain. Did your area stay above it?

      Best regards,


  2. Hope your offer on the house is accepted. Chickasaw State Park looks very nice and that roasted corn makes me hungry! Looking forward to a post about your new house …

    1. Hi Wilma, Sorry for the late reply. We decided to head North and spent some time with Nick’s parents on the farm. We have spent the past week+ visiting, cutting wood and having a great time. The weather in Minnesota has been beautiful :)

      Our offer on the house has been accepted and we’re in the waiting game now. Hopefully by the end of this month we’ll be able to move in.

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