Hotel at a Glance: Pickwick Landing State Park Inn
During the 1840s, stately riverboats cruised down the Tennessee River and idled in the waters at Pickwick Landing. Nowadays, it’s sailboats that bob in the private marina, which is part of Pickwick Landing State Park. During your stay at this inn inside the state park, you’ll be footsteps from the marina, an 18-hole golf course, and the park’s tree-lined hiking trails.
- Downhome Southern cooking: The onsite restaurant hosts buffet dining, barbecue picnics, and dinner with a Southern twist. Visit this year to try locally made Stonehaus wine commemorating the 75th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks.
- Catch of the day: Cast out for bluegill, catfish, and white bass on Pickwick Lake and the Tennessee River.
- Tee off: Built in 1973, the park’s 18-hole, par-72 golf course challenges players with 21 bunkers and several holes with water hazards.
- Take a swim: The inn features both an indoor and an outdoor pool; guests can also swim in Pickwick Lake, if weather permits.
Hardin County, TN: Natural Beauty Along the Tennessee River near Shiloh Battlefield
Pickwick Landing State Park sits on the banks of the Tennessee River in Hardin County, near the state’s southernmost borders with Mississippi and Alabama. The area’s best attractions revolve around its natural beauty. Here you can fish for record-breaking smallmouth bass on Pickwick Lake, which spans more than 40,000 acres.
Head about 20 minute north to reach the town of Shiloh, where you can trace the movements of the Confederate and Union armies at the Shiloh National Military Park, where the Union picked up a pivotal victory in the early stages of the Civil War. For more history, visit the nearby town of Savannah and its Tennessee River Museum, which houses an impressive collection of petrified wood and amber fossils, Civil War artifacts, and Native American ceremonial pieces.
With the Tennessee River and Pickwick Lake nearby, it’s no surprise that seafood is a favorite dish in Hardin County, especially fried Tennessee River catfish nuggets. Drive up the Tennessee River Scenic Byway to get a bird’s-eye views of the river and sample fall-off-the-bone hickory smoked ribs at nearby barbecue joints.<p>