Just west of Big South Fork and north of Jamestown, the smaller Pickett State Park is a worthwhile day trip from the Knoxville area or places of similar distances. We skirted Big South Fork, managed the steep curves and did not smoke the brakes. This way from I75 is about 1 1/2 hour drive time. Coming back through Jamestown was definitely a longer but easier drive.
Once in Pickett Park, the trails are relatively easy and go to pleasing small wonders such as the natural bridge in the photos below. The sandstone of the area has given nature a sculptor's paradise and rock formations are both beautiful and enticing.
We cannot assure you the tree with the tiny base is still standing! The photo was shot in mid-fall of 2013, showing apparent woodpecker work on the tree base down to hardwood core. This tree was spotted aside the Natural Bridge trail.
Is this tree still standing since mid fall 2013?
The natural bridge: Take secondary trail to cross bridge or go up rocky steps at base of the formation
We hope you enjoyed these few photos of a beautiful state park in Tennessee.