You might think that Indian Mountain State Park is located on a mountain, but instead, this relatively small park is located at the base of the mountain. Located near Tennessee's northern border, this 200-acre park is unique in that it was developed as a reclamation project inwhich abandoned strip mining pits were converted to recreational use. As a reclaimed surface mine Indian Mountain exhibits a beneficial use that can be made of land after such intensive alterations as those inherent in surface mining. The park is the first in the state, and likely the first in the Southeastern United States to demonstrate the feasibility of using abandoned mining sites as parkland.
Park visitors can enjoy fishing at the two small lakes, pedal boats, camping, and hiking. There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park along with three large picnic shelters. Geese, ducks, beavers, blue heron and an occasional deer can be seen around the park. The park offers many interpretative programs focusing on plants, local history, and animals under the direction of a seasonal ranger during the summer months.
Camping: There are 47 sites with paved pads to serve both tent and RV campers. The sites have water, electricity and a dump station. There are picnic table and grills located throughout the camping area along with a bathhouse, restrooms and showers. There is also a designated area for group camping. Pets are welcomed, but are required to be on a leash.
Fishing: Several ponds provide year-round fishing opportunities. Ponds are stocked with bluegill, shell cracker, large-mouth bass, crappie, carp, and catfish. A Tennessee Fishing license is required.
Hiking Trails: There are two nature trails and one paved greenway. All are rated moderate.
Paddling: Row boat and pedal boat rentals are available except during winter months. Personal canoes, kayaks, and electric trolling motors are allowed on the lake year-round.