Alvin York, one of the nation’s most decorated war heroes, became the public face of the Congressional Medal of Honor after capturing 35 German machine guns and 132 prisoners in the Argonne Forest in 1918. York was a hard-working, hard-fighting sharpshooter, a simple country boy and a religious pacifist who displayed tremendous courage, calm and common sense in taking charge of his battalion when their commanding officer was killed.
Returning home to national acclaim—parades, honors, ovations—York turned down all opportunities for financial gain from his war exploits, instead spending his life raising money for charity and for educational programs to improve the lives of rural Tennesseans. In 1940, after years of resisting offers to sell his life story to the film industry, he finally relented in order to raise money to start a college. That film became Sergeant York and won an Academy Award for Gary Cooper and cemented York’s place in American history as not only a war hero but also a philanthropist with the courage of his convictions. York has been honored with, among other things, a postage stamp, a statue, a veterans’ hospital and this State Park.
Park visitors may tour York’s home place, mill, burial site and general store, watch the film, hike the trail over a swinging bridge or fish the Wolf River. York’s son Andy, a park ranger, is frequently on site to tell tales about his father.
Fishing is allowed from the bank along the Wolf River and is stocked three times a year with Rainbow trout. There is also an abundance of other fish such as :redeye, alligator gar, bluegill, largemouth bass, and flat-head catfish. Anglers 13 and older must have a valid TN Fishing license.
The trail at Sgt. Alvin C. York Park is an easy hike that is .6 mile long crossing over a swinging bridge and up a set of steps leading to the grave-site of Sgt. Alvin C York.
There are two large picnic pavilions that can accommodate up to 50 people. Picnic areas may be reserved up to one year in advance. Pavilions are equipped with grills and water spigots.
Also, there are eight concrete, single picnic tables and more wooden tables.
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Playgrounds are available.
The York homesite museum includes a collection of wartime and personal mementos, including historical photographs, family portraits and personal items.
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The York homesite museum includes wartime and personal mementos. Andrew York, the son of Alvin C. York, is a Park Ranger at the homesite and can provide interpretive programs if scheduled ahead of time.
The 0.6-mile trail at the park is an easy hike over a swinging bridge and up a set of steps leading to the York’s gravesite. In July 2000, a team of 12 AmeriCorps NCCC members built the bridge, which spans 126 1/2 feet, 15 feet above the water, with a total length of over 175 feet. The bridge is an important link in the trail system being created in the park. Built with the help of a grant from the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the bridge allows park visitors to walk from the York home, General Store and Gristmill to York's burial site and the York Bible School, while enjoying the beauty of the Wolf River.
The Wolf River is stocked three times a year with rainbow trout. There is also an abundance of redeye, alligator gar, bluegill, largemouth bass, and flat-head catfish. Anglers 13 and older must have a valid fishing license.
Two large picnic pavilions accommodate up to 50 people each and include grills and water spigots.
There are eight concrete, single picnic tables and more wooden tables.
Annual events include a shooting match, Veteran’s Day celebration and Christmas events.
From I-40, take Route 127 North to Pall Mall, TN The park is located on Hwy. 127, just eight miles from
the Tennessee/Kentucky border.
9am - 5pm April - October and 9am - 4pm November - March