David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician and industrialist. He was born near the little town of Limestone in northeast Tennessee in 1786. In 1817, he moved to Lawrence County and served as a justice of the peace, a colonel of the militia and as a state representative. Along the banks of Shoal Creek, in what is now his namesake park, he established a diversified industry consisting of a powdermill, a gristmill and a distillery. All three operations were washed away in a flood in September 1821. Financial difficulties from this loss caused Crockett to move to West Tennessee where he was elected to Congress. While in Washington, he fought for his people’s right to keep land they had settled on in the new frontier of West Tennessee. Crockett died at the Alamo Mission in March of 1836 while aiding the Texans in their fight for independence from Mexico. The 1,100-acre park has a museum, staffed during the summer months, with exhibits depicting Crockett’s life here and a water-powered grist mill.
In addition to the paved bike trail, the park has more than six miles of hiking trails. The trails offer scenic vistas of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, limestone bluffs, abundant wildlife and serene forest. The Overlook Trail runs parallel to the Shoal Creek Trail.
During the summer months, swimming is a popular park activity. An Olympic-sized swimming pool with a modern bathhouse and vending machines is a great way to beat the heat. There is ample sunbathing space and a wading pool for children. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours.
David Crockett State Park has seven cabins near beautiful Lindsey Lake. Each cabin is completely furnished with two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen and covered patio. These unique modern accommodations were designed and built with energy efficiency in mind. They are designated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified vacation homes. For campers, the park’s two campgrounds contain a total of 107 sites, some equipped with a table, fire ring and grill and 30 amp electrical and water hookups. Campground #1 also has 8 primitive camp sites.
The park has an onsite restaurant that overlooks 40-acre scenic Lindsey Lake. The restaurant features home-style cooking from the buffet or menu.