For Father's Day my wife and son decided they wanted to celebrate by camping at someplace new. They reserved a site at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park just north of Jamestown, TN, adjacent to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The Civilian Conservation Corp was one of the major works programs of Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression of the 1930's. Over it's 9 year lifetime 3 million young men were put to work on projects from erosion control, infrastructure, recreation sites, forestry among other things. In Tennessee, 70,000 young men joined. The wonderful Tennessee State Park system owes much to the work of CCC men in the 1930's. They worked on over a dozen sites that would eventually become State Parks. Original Visitor's Center Bronze statue of a CCC 'Boy' Pickett CCC Memorial State Park is one of those parks. At the park, the crews built stone buildings for recreation and lodging, all the camp sites still used today, a boathouse and dock, small public beach, and the concrete dam that created the small, beautiful lake that flows underneath a natural bridge. Recreation Building Cabin, still in use today. Rhododendrons over the lake. Natural Bridge over the lake. The park still boasts the lake and swimming beach along with boat rentals for exploration. It has a good sized campground with shower, restroom facilities. It also has many cabins available for rent, some still being the original CCC cabins. There are miles of trails that reach waterfalls, overlooks and several natural bridges and "rockhouses." In 2015, Pickett State Park was certified as a Dark Sky Viewing location by the International Dark Sky Association. One of the first locations in the southeast. If you are ever in East Tennessee, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park is a nice location with beautiful natural sites and a little bit of history.