Located on the Tennessee River, the 1,247-acre Mousetail Landing State Park gained its name during the Civil War. During that period, the area was full of the tanning companies. When a few of them caught fire one afternoon, locals saw hundreds of mice that were seen jumping into the river, and the name Mousetail Landing was born.
Due to it's proximity to the Tennessee River, fishing is a typical past time in Mousetail Landing State Park. You're allowed to try your luck on just about any open piece of water, provided you've come with the proper registration. Species that can be found here are bass, crappie, bream, stripe, and catfish among others.
A lot of guests prefer to do their fishing from a boat, as many of these species stay out in the deeper waters. Bass fishing tends to be the best in the summer and fall, while catfish are seen more in the spring. Make sure to put your canine on a leash if you're looking to bring them along on your fishing trip.
Hiking is an option for guests here as well, with over 20 miles of total trails. For guests who are new to backtrail navigation, there's the Spring Creek Trail. At just a half a mile, it's a short and easy jaunt. If you'd like something a little more intense perhaps try the Scenic Trail, which gives guests a three-mile stretch with plenty of gorgeous views throughout.
For the real athletes, there's the 8-mile Eagle Point Trail which is a mountainous, uphill climb that's difficult for anyone but the most seasoned explorers. If you'd like to bring a canine along, make sure you pack essentials such as water, a sturdy leash, and snacks for any longer journeys.
Mousetail Landing State Park has an active cycling community as well, with seven miles of networks to try out. These trails are challenging, with several hills and switchbacks providing a varied experience. Make sure you wear all safety gear when cycling here, and know your limitations. Canines are forbidden from entering any of the cycling trails.