David Crockett State Park offers many ways to enjoy nature and outdoor adventure within its 1,000 acres. It is located on US Highway 64 in Lawrence County, one-half mile west of the city of Lawrenceburg.
It was within that space, on the banks of Shoal Creek that Crockett established a gristmill, powder mill, and distillery to support his family. Those operations washed away in an 1821 flood and the family moved on, but the famous frontiersman began the political career that put him in the national spotlight in Lawrence County.
The Park was dedicated in 1959 to honor Crockett and preserve the natural beauty that he found here. A visit to Lawrence County should definitely include time to enjoy all our State Park offers.
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Trail of Tears
One route used in the Native American removal that Crockett opposed in Congress passed through what would become David Crockett State Park. Visitors can follow a 2.5 mile retracement of the Bell Route of the Trail of Tears, which about 660 Native Americans walked in November, 1838. Stop along the way at information kiosks to learn more about this tragic time in American history.
Biking, Hiking, & Fitness
In addition to the Trail of Tears and a paved bike trail, the park has more than six miles of hiking trails. These 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. At the head of the Fitness Trail, visitors can enhance their workout at 13 exercise stations.
Whitetail deer, turkey and other native wildlife are plentiful in the Park, just as they were in Crockett’s day. Late afternoon is one of the best times to view deer as you drive through the park. Birds of prey that cannot be released into the wild can be viewed at an aviary set up near the Park Museum. A large flock of Canada geese can be found at Lake Lindsey, and bald eagles have been known to nest in the trees nearby. A viewing station will be set up near the boat docks if the pair is at home.
Cast a line from the dock, a boat rented onsite, or your own trolling motor-powered vessel at Lake Lindsey, where bluegill, crappie, and catfish are plentiful. During summer months you can also enjoy a self-propelled voyage in a classic paddleboat or on a stand up paddle board. Rentals are available during the summer season.
User-friendly displays are the highlight of the Park Museum. You can learn more about Crockett’s local distillery, grist mill, and powder mill, and see a grist mill in action, powered by a working water wheel. The museum also offers information about Crockett’s political career and the Lawrence County frontier that he came to in 1816. Open daily in the Summer and by appointment throughout the year.
Just across the covered bridge from the Park museum is Crockett Falls, a scenic spot that is a favorite of photographers and waders. It is also a starting point of the Shoal Creek hiking trail, which runs parallel to the creek for 1.4 mile to Campground #1.
Shelters, Picnics, & Playgrounds
Seven covered Shelters are available in the Park for gatherings of any kind. All offer picnic tables, restrooms onsite or nearby, and four feature working fireplaces. Shelters may be reserved for specific dates through the Park office. Single picnic tables are available throughout the Park and feature grills for cookouts. Playgrounds are situated at Shelter #1 and Shelters #2 and #3. Tennis courts and basketball goals are located between the Park office and Shelter #1.
When the weather heats up in the summer (and it does!) cool off during your stay at the Olympic-sized David Crockett State Park pool. Small children and their moms will enjoy the “kiddie pool” nearby.
Summer season only – Wednesday & Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.
Seven new cabins are located near Lake Lindsey, each 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 the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified vacation homes in the eastern United States or available at a state park. Reservations may be made through the Park office or online.
People from across the country enjoy stays at the State Park’s two RV campgrounds. Thirty amp electricity and water hookups are available, and each campground offers a bath house. A central dumping station is located near each of the two camps. RV spaces can be reserved through the Park office or online on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eight primitive camping spaces are located near Campground #1, overlooking Shoal Creek.
Crockett’s Mill Restaurant
A popular Lawrence County gathering place, Crockett's Mill Restaurant overlooks scenic Lindsey Lake. The restaurant features home-style cooking from its buffet or menu, seats up to 150 people and has areas available to rent for weddings and large parties. The adjacent outside patio attracts diners, (and butterflies), during the warmer weather. The outdoor area seats 20-25 guests and features items from the menu. For guests accompanied by their canine friends, the restaurant also has a dog-friendly seating area outside. Reservations may be taken for wedding receptions, family reunions, class reunions, business meetings, luncheons and other events. Call (931) 762-9541 for information.
Open Wednesday & Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Buffet hours: Breakfast: Sat. & Sun., 7:30-10 a.m.; Lunch: Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: Fri. & Sat: 4:30-8 p.m.
Annual events in the Park include Davy Crockett Days in August and a November commemoration of the Trail of Tears march through Lawrence County. The Park also hosts special Halloween, Christmas and running events that offer fun for the entire family.
Daily programs during summer months involve adults and children in activities that help them learn more about and enjoy the natural world around them. Stop by the Park office for a copy of the weekly schedule.
The Park’s open-air ampitheater has hosted plays, concerts, weddings and other events. The wooded, naturally cool area has been recently refurbished for guests’ comfort. Call the Park office for information about reserving this area for your special occasion.