Are you looking to explore beyond the sparkling turquoise waters of Dale Hollow Lake? Nature’s paradise is all around and can be found in numerous state and national parks in the surrounding area. From the Alvin C. York State Park, rich in history, to miles of hiking and horseback riding trails at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, your adventure is here.
State & National Parks
NEAR DALE HOLLOW
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area offers over 150 miles of hiking trails (ranging from 1 mile to 50 miles), canoeing, rafting, kayaking, hunting, fishing and 180 miles of blazed horse trails (stables located at Bandy Creek and Charit Creek Lodge).
4564 Leatherwood Rd.Oneida, TN 37841
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Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
4564 Leatherwood Ford RdOneida, TN 37841
Brimstone Recreation Area
The southern portion of the Brimstone Recreation Area is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and with proper TWRA permits, allows hunting, fishing and recreational ATV use. The north and northeast sections are managed privately by Brimstone Recreation and are available with a land use permit.
Colditz Cove State Natural Area
Hike a pristine 1.5-mile loop trail to the 60-foot-high Northrup Falls. Located 1.5 miles south of Highway 52 on Crooked Creek Hunting Lodge Road.
Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park
Cordell Hull is a historical site owned by the State of Tennessee. The park consists of Cordell Hull's original log cabin birthplace and an exhibition building housing documents and artifacts, including the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace Medal. Hull's will provided for the placing of artifacts and books from his private apartment in a museum that was opened in Pickett County, Tennessee, in September 1996.
1300 Cordell Hull Memorial Dr.Byrdstown, TN 38549
Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head State Park offers 11,869 acres of undisturbed forest located in the Cumberland Mountains. Come explore 50 miles of foot trails, camping and picnic sites, an amphitheater, playgrounds and some of the richest wildflower acres in Tennessee.
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (Tennessee’s only linear park) is comprised of 300 miles winding through 11 counties. This stretch of land goes from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky border to Signal Point near Chattanooga.
Obed Wild & Scenic River
The Obed Wild & Scenic River is managed by the National Park Service and offers opportunities to white water raft, canoe, kayak, swim, rock climb, hike, fish and picnic.
Pickett State Park
Pickett State Park offers 11,752 acres of botanical, scenic and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. The park includes 5 chalets, 5 rustic stone cottages, 5 wooden cottages, 40 campsites and more than 58 miles of hiking. Also available are numerous recreation activities, including a beautiful, cliff-lined sandy beach; year-round fishing in Arch Lake; as well as hunting. Pickett State Park also offers guided tours, demonstrations, campfire programs, movies and much more in the summer months.
4605 Pickett Park Hwy.Jamestown, TN 38556
Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park
The Alvin C. York Sate Historic Park at Pall Mall is a memorial to the most decorated World War I soldier. York's rise to fame resulted from his legendary firefight against the German Army in the Argonne Forest of France. Sgt. York was rewarded with more than 40 allied decorations, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. Visitors can see the family home and farm, the rock ledge where Sgt. York married before the church he helped to build, along with the post office/general store he operated for years. The historic area lies beside the Wolf River and includes a picturesque grist mill, which York operated in the '40s. The park includes a picnic pavilion and playground equipment. His burial site is at the Wolf River Cemetery and is only a short drive away.
2609 North York Hwy.Pall Mall, TN 38577
Standing Stone State Park
This state park covers nearly 11,000 acres and is located on the Cumberland Plateau in north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other natural diversity.