David Crockett State Park: In the footsteps of Tennessee History

David Crockett State Park is a beautiful destination located in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. This park is named after the famous American folk hero David Crockett, who once roamed these lands. But the park is more than just a tribute to him. It also provides an opportunity to explore the rich cultural legacy of the Native American tribes who once called this area home. Plus, since Tennessee State Parks don’t charge entrance fees, they are affordable for everyone.

Exploring Native American History at David Crockett State Park

Several Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Shawnee, once inhabited the area around David Crockett State Park. They were forced from these lands by federal forces in what is now known as the Trail of Tears. Although David Crockett was among those who spoke out against the forced migration it did no good. Federal forces were ordered into the Cherokee Nation in 1838 to begin the removal.

Visitors to the park can literally stand in the footsteps of history. The park contains part of the original route of the Trail of Tears on both hiking trails and auto route. There are ten miles of hiking trails in the park (although not all are part of the Trail of Tears). David Crockett State Park has a dedicated museum showcasing artifacts and exhibits that depict the life and culture of Native Americans who once lived here.

The museum is only staffed during the summer months. It is small but has interesting exhibits on Native American history and pioneer life. The Visitor Center gift shop is open 8:00am – 4:00 pm daily. Times can and do change without notice. Check the David Crocket State Park website for the latest information.

Outdoor Activities at David Crockett State Park

David Crockett State Park is not only a destination for history buffs but also for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 1,300 acres of lush forests, this park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature.

The park offers a range of activities such as camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking. There are several trails in the park, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty. The trails are well-maintained and offer scenic views of the surrounding forests and streams.


In conclusion, David Crockett State Park is an excellent destination for anyone interested in exploring Tennessee’s Native American history. It is a place where you can learn about the past and appreciate the natural beauty of the present. With its hiking trails, interpretive exhibits, and outdoor activities, the park has something to offer everyone. So pack your bags and head out to David Crockett State Park to enjoy the great outdoors and stand in the steps of history.


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