Pickwick Landing State Park
From I-40: Take Exit 126; towards Parsons follow TN-69. Turn right onto TN-100 and then left onto TN-22. Turn left onto US-64 and then turn right onto TN-128. Go 12 miles and the park entrance is on the left.
From Jackson: US 45 South to State Route 57 East.
From Memphis: State Route 57 East to the Park.
From Florence, AL: US 72 West to Iuka, MS. Take MS Route 25 West (turns into TN Route 57) to the Park.
Lat: 35.052326°N Long: -88.240836°W
Hours: Park office is open 8am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri, but park is open 7 days a week. Check park web site for more information.
Seasonality: Year round
Site Description: Pickwick Landing State Park is located just south of Pickwick Dam. The park has several lake access points, incl. a boat ramp. Wide views of the river and dam are excellent for viewing birds on the water. The park contains 1,400 acres of forested hills and hollows. There is also a 2.8 mile hiking trail to explore. The park also has a conference center, ball fields, golf course, and other amenities.
Also visit Pickwick Dam, which is just north of the State Park. On the north side of the dam there is an access road on the west side to a boat ramp, campground, and parking lot where you can view the downstream side of the dam.
Wildlife to Watch: The main attraction at Pickwick Landing State Park is waterbirds. Gulls, loons, and ducks can be abundant in winter. The park is one of the best places in western Tennessee to find Brown-headed Nuthatches. These birds can be found in the pine stands around the park. In winter, red-breasted nuthatches may be present, along with resident white-breasted nuthatches that may combine for the three nuthatch species trifecta in one location.
Ring-billed Gulls are the most common gull in winter, but Herring Gulls are often present. Occasionally a Lesser Black-backed Gull may be found. Common Loons and Pied-billed Grebes are also found on the lake in winter.
In spring and fall, songbird migration can be excellent along the woodland edges and along the hiking trail. General woodland birding is excellent.
For more information:
Pickwick Landing State Park web site
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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.