While visiting with us, you can take in the Tennessee River Trail. If you cannot experience all 347 miles, you can explore communities on both the east and west sides of the river. The trail is full of historic sites, preserved homes, and museums.
For those individuals interested in local insects, Walker Branch State Natural Area (SNA) is a must see. This 225-acre SNA is a significant breeding ground for dragonflies and damselflies. Other rare and endangered plant species can also be found here.
You will pass Pickwick Landing Dam on your way to the campground from the East. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built this dam in the mid-1930s. Its purpose is for flood control, the generation of electricity, and reliable navigation on the Tennessee River. It is a massive structure.
Pickwick Landing State Park is located just across the dam and offers activities including a 3-mile hike through the beautiful hardwood forest along the river, a modern marina where you can rent a boat for a day on the lake, Park Inn (a 119 room inn and conference center), an 18-hole golf course, as well as a public beach, picnic area, and play fields.
Shiloh National Military Park is a must see when visiting the campground. More than 24,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or captured in the Battle of Shiloh. The first shot of the Civil War was fired here in Fraley Field. The area includes a self-guided tour, visitor center beginning with a short video, and a gift shop. Don't forget to walk through the beautiful cemetery overlooking the river.
The Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark is located on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River where a Native American town stood over 800 years ago. There are burial sites for the society's leaders and important members.
After a busy day of site seeing, Hagy's Catfish Hotel is a great place to relax and grab a good meal. Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, this restaurant is run by the third generation of the Hagy family and is one of the oldest family-owned restaurants in the country.
In nearby Adamsville, you can visit the home and museum of Buford Pusser. You can view a short video in the living room and take a tour through the home Sheriff Pusser occupied at the time of his death, complete with original furnishings and memorabilia.
The campground is located close to the cities of Savannah, TN; Saltillo, TN; and Corinth, MS.
Sites and information regarding Savannah, TN:
• Savannah is the seat of Hardin County; the home of country western singer, Darryl Worley; and the self-proclaimed “Catfish Capital of the World”. Catfish can range in size from less than two inches to over six feet. The largest one caught on this section of the Tennessee River was a 120-pound Blue Catfish taken from what is known as Kentucky Lake in 1976.
• Savannah is also home to the Hardin County Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
• The Tennessee River Museum is also located in Savannah, next door to the courthouse. This is a great place to explore the history of the lower Tennessee River Valley, see exhibits on prehistoric times, Native American mound builders, the Civil War, steamboats, and the Trail of Tears.
• The downtown center has many amenities to include local gift/antique stores, as well as restaurants/bars.
• The Savannah Historic District Tour & Cherry Mansion is located in Savannah. You can take a self-guided walking tour of beautiful homes and buildings in Savannah including the Cherry Mansion. This mansion was the headquarters of the Union General Ulysses S. Grant for six weeks before and after the Battle of Shiloh.
• Savannah Cemetery contains the remains of Queen and Alex Haley, grandparents of Alex Haley, author of Roots. Queen Haley worked in the Cherry Mansion.
Information regarding Corinth, MS:
• Corinth is the home of the Civil War Interpretive Center. The railroad crossroads, located in Corinth, was the reason for battles/skirmishes of the Civil War as it was the highway for goods, men, and ammunition for the South during the Civil War.
Local event schedule:
• Park Days, Hikes & Talks, National Park Week, Junior Ranger Program located at Shiloh National Military Park
• Annual Living History Demonstration located at Shiloh National Military Park held on the weekend closest to the anniversary of the battle: April 6 and 7. (731) 689-5696 or (800) 552-3866.
• Aqua Yacht Harbor Boat Show (662) 423-2222.
• Annual Pooch Parade located at Saltillo City Park (731) 687-3292.
• The General's Breakfast located at Cherry Mansion (731) 925-8181.
• Annual Memorial Day Service located at Shiloh National Military Park & Cemetery (731) 689-5696 or (800) 552-3866.
• Buford Pusser Festival located at Buford Pusser Park (731) 632-1401.
• River City Market located downtown Savannah Court Square.
• Savannah Lions Club Walking Horse Royale located at Hardin County Fairgrounds (731) 925-2554 (Charity Event).
• Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Pickwick Landing State Resort Park (800) 552-3866.
• Darryl Worley's Tennessee River Run – various dates and locations throughout the year (800) 552-3866 (golf tournament/bass tournament/5K run/motorcycle poker run/concert, boat poker run/ and much more).
• Hardin County Fair located at Hardin County Fairgrounds (731) 925-8181.
• Saltillo River Day located downtown Saltillo (731) 687-3889.
• Sunset Symphony located at Cherry Mansion, Savannah, TN (731) 925-8181.
• Fall is in the Air! - Driving tour information can be obtained from the Convention & Visitor's Bureau (800) 552-3866.
• Men's Chili Cook-Off located at the Gazebo in Downtown Saltillo. Proceeds to benefit families in need at Christmas (731) 687-3292.
• There are several parades and activities that take place in various communities near Christmas (800) 552-3866.
• Christmas in the Park – Annual Festival located at Pickwick Landing State Park (731) 925-2363.
• Christmas by the River located in Savannah bedecked in all its Christmas splendor, family-oriented holiday festival in downtown and the historic district (731) 925-8181.
• New Year's Eve Extravaganza located at Pickwick Landing State Resort Park Inn (731) 925-8181.