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Lake View Trail

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A short trail that crosses Arch Lake on a Swinging Bridge with views of the lake and Thompson Creek.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

96%

Runnable

1,565' 477 m

High

1,515' 462 m

Low

26' 8 m

Up

60' 18 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

The swinging bridge has an upper capacity of 20 people at one time.

Description

The Lake View Trail in Pickett State Park, like most of the other trails at Pickett, was created during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). The Lake View Trail is a short, family-friendly hike around Arch Lake.

Take the Lake View Trail by finding its trailhead right off of the southwest corner of the parking area for the park's picnic area. Signs clearly mark the trailhead. The .6 miles trek around the Lake View Trail, after a short walk in the woods, crosses Thompson Creek on an old foot bridge built by the CCC.

The trail then winds through a hardwood forest sprinkled with rhododendron and mountain laurel onto a bluff overlooking Thompson Creek and Arch Lake. It follows the bluff along the lake where it provides many nice views of the lake until it reaches a swinging bridge across Arch Lake. The trail travels across the bridge and ends back in the picnic area parking.

The route is peaceful and provides a great environment for communing with the beautiful surroundings. Several shelters were built by the CCC to provide places for rest and contemplation along the way.

Flora & Fauna

Hardwoods, rhodedendron, mountain laurel.

Contacts

Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

Shared By:

Charles Pulse

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Creek crossing on the Lake View Trail.  The CCC did a lot of the work on this park during the Great Depression.
Mar 8, 2016 near Jamestown, TN
Swinging Bridge across Arch Lake
May 16, 2016 near Jamestown, TN

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