David Crockett & State Park
Upon moving from East Tennessee in the early 1800s, David Crockett established a powder mill in what is now known as David Crockett State Park.
Life of David Crockett
David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician, industrialist and 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 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 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.
Dedicated in May, 1959, in honor of one of Tennessee's most famous native sons, David Crockett State Park is located on U.S. Highway 64 in Lawrence County, one-half mile west of the city of Lawrenceburg.
Relation to Lawrenceburg
David Crockett was elected as a commissioner and served on the board that placed Lawrenceburg four miles west of the geographic center of Lawrence County. Crockett was opposed to the city being located in its current location. He and his family lived in Lawrenceburg for several years before moving to West Tennessee after a flood destroyed his mill.
David Crockett State Park
The park's two campgrounds contain a total of 107 sites, each equipped with a table and grill plus electrical and water hookups. Ultra-modern bathhouses provides hot showers, commodes, and lavatories. There is a dump station for self-contained rigs. Campsites are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted, and stay limit is two weeks.
Crockett's Mill Restaurant
The park's restaurant, with a seating capacity of 240, is situated on a hill overlooking scenic Lindsey Lake. Open year round, it features fine southern cuisine at popular prices. Two private dining rooms are available for group functions. The restaurant can also cater to groups of up to 250 persons.
- Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Lunch: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Dinner: Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For questions, call the Crockett's Mill Restaurant at 931-762-9541.
Recreation Swimming Pool
An olympic-sized swimming pool with a modern bathhouse and concession stand offers the very finest in aquatic enjoyment. There is ample sunbathing space and a wading pool for children. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours, and the pool is open from early summer through mid August.
For questions, call 931-762-8852.
Forty-acre Lindsey Lake provides year-round fishing enjoyment, and large stringers of bass are not uncommon. Rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent at the park boat dock. No personally owned boats or motors are permitted on the lake. Fishermen over 13 years of age must possess a valid Tennessee fishing license. Fishermen using boats must provide their own flotation devices and paddles or electric trolling motor.
A full range of recreational facilities and activities can be found at Crockett, including a paved bicycle trail. Other activities include hiking, tennis, softball, volleyball, and much more.