David Crockett State Park Is The King of Great Fall Events
One of my favorite past times at the ripe old age of five or six was running around in the wilds of my small town back yard, whooping and hollering while wearing my beloved authentic imitation coon skin cap pretending to be Davy Crockett, Tennessee’s famous “king of the wild frontier.”
So last week, when I headed to Lawrenceburg to visit David Crockett State Park I was looking forward to learning more about his life.
David Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in a small cabin along the banks of the Nolichucky River in northeast Tennessee. With humble beginnings and little formal education, Crockett known as a bear hunter, pioneer, soldier, explorer, politician and patriot, became one of our country’s best-loved historical figures.
I stopped by the park office first thing for trail maps and info and learned the park includes the area where Crockett operated a powder mill, grist mill and distillery on the banks of Shoal Creek for several years. The charismatic Crockett also began his political career in Lawrence County. A living history event, David Crockett Days, is held each year during the second weekend in August.
I headed for Lindsey Lake since fishing is always high on my list. On the way I passed two shady picnic areas, Campground Number 1 with its shady campsites lining Shoal Creek and the trailhead for scenic Shoal Creek Trail, my vote for most scenic walk in the park.
Portions of the two campgrounds are closed seasonally but I was told at the park office some of the 107 sites are kept open year round. Complete with picnic tables and grills with electric and water hook-ups, all are first-come, first-served.
I passed a flock of wild turkeys browsing along the grassy edges of the road. They seemed relatively unconcerned as I rolled to a stop. I guess somewhere in their bird brains they know they’re in a protected sanctuary.
Before driving across a covered bridge, I saw limestone bluffs and followed the sound of moving water to a small waterfall known as Crockett Falls.
The park office says visitors may now bring their own canoes or kayaks or rent a boat from the park. Paddle boats are offered during summer. Fishing boats are available year round but you’ll need to bring your own life vests and paddles or trolling motor.
There are seven two-bedroom, two-bath, fully-furnished modern cabins along the lake shore. Available year round, all are certified energy efficient and environmentally responsible.
I soon passed an access for a 2.29-mile paved bike trail leading into the woods, an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool and the park restaurant.
Special events scheduled during October include a 75th anniversary Fallen Leaves Hike on October 14 and the kick off to Fall Colors on October 20. Traffic will be routed one-way through the scenic back loop to focus on fall foliage. A Jack-O-Lantern contest begins at 1 P.M., park staff will lead a hike on the new Lake Lindsey Falls Trail at 5 P.M. and hayrides depart along the Halloween History Trail with pumpkins lighting up the night and visitation from spirits of days gone by starting at 7 P.M.
For more information contact the park toll free at 1-877-804-2681, 931-762-9408 or click here.