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 a state representative. Along the banks of Shoal Creek, he established a diversified industry consisting of a powdermill, a gristmill, and a distillery in what is now his namesake park. 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 fighting for independence from Mexico. The 1,319-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 ten 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 and boating are popular. An Olympic-sized swimming pool with a modern bathhouse and snack bar 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. Lake Lindsey is ideal for fishing and watercraft rentals. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and fishing boats are available for rent.
David Crockett State Park has seven cabins near beautiful Lake Lindsey. Each cabin is completely furnished with two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, and a covered patio. These unique modern accommodations were designed and built with energy efficiency in mind. They are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified vacation homes. For campers, the park’s two campgrounds contain a total of 97 sites, equipped with a table, fire ring/grill combo. Camground #1 has 30-amp electrical and water hookups, and Campground #2 has 20-, 30-, 50-amp electrical and water hookups. Campground #1 also has 10 primitive campsites.
The park has an onsite restaurant that overlooks 40-acre scenic Lake Lindsey. The restaurant features excellent menu items, including local favorites. Dine-In or Take-Out is available. All you care to eat breakfast is served family-style Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Information about our annual events, including David Crockett Days (2nd weekend in August), Halloween History Trail, Winter Speaker Series, Glow in the Park 5K, and our weekly program schedules throughout the summer months, can be found online under upcoming events or by calling the park office.
Park Trail Maps
Looking for a trail map? Click the link below to see a list of the maps available at this park. The page includes all the trail maps we have available, organized by park. We have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee.