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Featured Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by TNcasual, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    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.
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  2. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    A few more in color...




    Fishing spider hiding near the water.

    Eastern Newt


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  3. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Campsite at night.

    Thanks for viewing!
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  4. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2014
    Nice. The CCC also played a huge role in WV during that era, and like TN, much of our state park/state forest system owes its existence to their work.
  5. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Yeah, the CCC really did do a great deal of work all over the country. It also made a great difference for the men who, at the time, had little opportunity for work.
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  6. Dr3DV

    Dr3DV New to Mu-43

    May 1, 2017
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Congratulations on the excellent photographs! I need to visit that state park (thanks for the inspiration).
  7. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN

    Tennessee really does have a great state park system. Pickett is one that is definitely worth a trip for exploration.
  8. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Over all some nice shot, especially the wildlife ones.

    Is it OK if I offer up a complaint in the form of constructive criticism? I am not a fan of the black & white shots. Which ever slider it is you are using (definition, sharpness, Unsharp mask, edge control, etc.), I think you need to step away from the console. It is too much to my eye. Or to put in a classic Spinal Tap reference, just because the slider goes to 11, doesn't mean you should. :flowers_2:
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