Mousetail Landing State Park is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River covering 1,247 acres. Story has it that Mousetail Landing received its name when a exodus of mice fleeing a local burning tannery during the Civil War was so profuse that the area in proximity of the park became known as Mousetail Landing.
With Mousetail Landing State Park located on the Tennessee River, fishing is a popular activity. Fishing is permitted anywhere you can reach water. Bass, bream, crappie, stripe and catfish can be caught along the banks. As well as a large sandy beach area for guest to enjoy swimming in the river.
But that's not all the park has to offer, you'll find several archeological ruins, including the original landing pier, a blacksmith shop, Parrish Cemetery, an archery range, sports fields and courts, and a selection of campsites. The primitive campgrounds are waterfront with no amenities but a spectacular view of the river channel. The overnight hookup campground is on the ridge with large-level sites. There are 25 picnic tables with grills located throughout the park. As well as one large pavilion that can accommodate 100 people available for rent along with a gazebo that is often used for weddings.
The park has 11 miles of trails which include a one day-use, three-mile trail and an overnight, eight-mile trail with two screened shelters. These back-country shelters have plywood bunks and each shelter sleeps eight people.