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Chickasaw State Park

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Site Description and Habitats

Chickasaw State Rustic Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee. Of the area's 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres are used for recreation. The remainder is state forest managed jointly by the State Forestry Division and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The park is located in Chester and Hardeman Counties.

This is a little birded park, but has great potential for a great diversity of birds. Access via trails and roads is excellent, but underutilized.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Many warblers including Black-and-white, Hooded, American Redstart, and Black-throated Green and more common vireos such as Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated, plus Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, among thrushes and other numerous species.

Summer: Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, Black-and-White Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Northern Parula.

Winter: Red-breasted Nuthatches often occur in the cedars by the visitor’s center in winter. Waterfowl are scarce, but interesting things can be found on the lakes.

Year-Round: Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, and resident woodland birds like Tufted Titmice and Carolina Chickadees.

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Detailed directions for birding Chickasaw State
Park From I-40 take either exit 82-A to Hwy. 45 South or 80-A (which is 45 South by-pass) to Hwy. 45 South and from there drive 20 miles to Henderson, TN. Turn right on Hwy. 100 and from there it is approximately 8 miles to the park entrance. Be sure to explore trails and roads throughout the park. Numerous opportunities to explore and find interesting birds.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
State Park Headquarters: 35.39452, -88.77130

Fees and Hours
The state park is open from 6am-10pm. The WMA and State Forest are open during daylight, year round. There are no fees for use.

For tips for safely watching wildlife during hunting seasons and year round please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates.

Restrooms at the State Park

Chickasaw State Park
20 Cabin Lane, Henderson, TN 38340
Office: 731-989-5141
Restaurant: 731-983-0301
Cabin Reservation: 800-458-1752

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site