Catfish to Cannonballs! West Tennessee’s Hardin County has it all!
From the inviting waters of the Tennessee River to the peaceful woodlands and historic sites that dot the region, Hardin County, Tennessee offers something to explore around every corner! Visit the rivertown of Savannah’s Historic District, hear the civil war cannons boom in Shiloh National Military Park, or catch record-breaking catfish in the rich waters of Pickwick Lake- all in Hardin County, Tennessee. Whether you’re just stopping by or coming to stay, we can’t wait to meet you!
Savannah is more than just the seat of Hardin County, it’s also the Catfish Capital of the World! Famous for its incredible fishing opportunities, the local waters of the Tennessee River offer plenty of large catfish as well as bass. While fishing is excellent year-round, the best fishing can be had in the spring and fall each year. Visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee State Parks online for detailed information about local fishing. Hardin County is home to several fishing competitions throughout the year including the “granddaddy” of all– the National Catfish Derby, now its 78th year; Country Artist and hometown boy Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament and several regional and state high school championships.
South of Savannah where Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama meet is Pickwick Lake. With almost 500 miles of shoreline and over 43,000 acres of water, Pickwick Lake provides ample opportunity for excellent fishing year-round! Because Pickwick Lake is bordered by three states, a reciprocal agreement applies to anyone with a valid Sport Fishing License in any one of the bordering states.
Pickwick is also home to Pickwick Landing State Resort Park. Lovers of the outdoors will find unlimited opportunities for fun and adventure in Pickwick, with three public swimming beaches, two campgrounds, an 18-hole Tennessee Golf Trail golf course, disc golf course, aviary, and walking trails perfect for hikers of all skill levels. Spend the night in the park’s lodge or one of the cabins and enjoy lakefront views from your private balcony, access to the lodge’s swimming pools, and a delicious meal at the in-house restaurant.
The outdoor fun continues at nearby Shiloh National Military Park, said to be the most well-preserved battlefield in the nation. Start your trip at the park’s visitor center, which displays an impressive collection of Civil War era relics and narratives. Then, enjoy a 13-mile self-guided tour around the park’s 5,000+ acres complete with over 150 monuments, 200 cannons, and 650 historic tablets. The park is also home to other treasures worth visiting, a nesting pair of bald eagles, families of deer, turkey and the remains of a riverside community of Mississippi Mound Builders platform mounds.
From adventures in the outdoors to exploring downtowns, to catfish to cannonballs, Hardin County, Tennessee has it all.