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Mousetail Landing State Park

State Park
Mousetail Landing State Park – Cari Griffith

ADA Accessibility Notes

Much of the park is ADA accessible. Please call for complete details.

One of Tennessee’s newest state parks, Mousetail Landing State Park is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River. The 1,247 acre park features two campgrounds, a wide creek for wading, boating access, fishing, picnic areas, athletic fields, and nature programs. For those who like to get out and explore nature, the park has one day-use, three-mile trail and one overnight, eight-mile trail with two screened in shelters. These back-country shelters have plywood bunks and each shelter sleeps eight people.

Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area’s tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so profuse that the area in proximity of the park became known as Mousetail Landing.


The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.

Mousetail Landing State Park’s Visitor Center recently upgraded all lighting to LED and has upgraded to a 16 SEER HVAC system.The park participates in TVA’s Green Power Switch program.

The use of tent pads in the campground protects and enhances the ecosystem by decreasing negative impact from repeatedly setting up a tent in the same place.

How to Get There

From Nashville, Tennessee
to Mousetail Landing State Park, 3 Campground Rd, Linden, TN 37096
1 h 40 min (96.8 miles)
via I-40 W

From Nashville,Tennessee - Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes
Follow I-40 W to TN-13 S in Hurricane Mills. Take exit 143 from I-40 W
58 min (65.6 mi)
Follow TN-13 S and TN-438 W to Campground Rd in Perry County
41 min (30.4 mi)
Welcome to Mousetail Landing State Park
3 Campground Rd, Linden, TN 37096

From Memphis, Tennessee - Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Follow I-40 East to TN-152 E/Law Rd in Madison County. Take exit 93 from I-40
1 h 25 min (95.7 mi)
Follow US-412 E to Campground Rd in Perry County
54 min (40.4 mi)
Welcome to Mousetail Landing State Park
3 Campground Rd, Linden, TN 37096

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs, cats and other pets are permitted, if they are on a leash, crated or caged, or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times. Pets are prohibited on designated swimming beaches.

The superintendent may also designate, by the posting of appropriate signs on trails and other portions of the park, areas where pets are not permitted. This prohibition does not apply to service animals.

Recreational Opportunities

Aside from water sports on the Tennessee River such as fishing, skiing and swimming, hiking, biking and archery are available, as well a volleyball court, a ball field, and several children's play areas with colorful, fun playground equipment.

The swimming beach area is open year-round and is located on the Spring Creek embayment, a branch of the Tennessee River. Swimming is at your own risk as there are no lifeguards on duty. A small stream at the entrance of the park is enjoyable for small children and adults to wade in with its cold, clear water.

Scenic Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Eagle Point Trail — 8.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Mountain Bike Trail Easy — Mousetail Landing State Park — 4.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Mountain Bike Trail Advanced — 9.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Spring Creek Trail — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy

A series of mountain bike trails weave through a hilly section of the park. Very steep climbs and great downhills make this system of trails a must ride.

Trail Length: 7 miles
Trail Rating: Advanced

The park is located on the Tennessee River between mile marker 131 and 133 and provides excellent boating, fishing, skiing and other water recreation activities. Fishing is productive from the bank, but the best way to experience this large river is by boat. The creek mouths and embayments are popular for spring crappie fishing from late March through May. Bluegill and Redear Sunfish are also commonly harvested from the river. Bass fishing is best in the spring and fall. Catfish are commonly caught in the summer and fall.


Seasons Accessible

The park, located right on the Tennessee River, is open year-round.

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