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David Crockett State Park

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May 7 @ 9:00 am

David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician, and industrialist. He was born near the little town of Limestone in northeast Tennessee in 1786. In real life, he was never known as “Davy” Crockett; that was a figment of Walt Disney’s imagination.  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.  We will be hiking part of the Trail of Tears (exile trail of many Native Americans) in Crockett Park.  It will be ~4.5 miles.  It is not a strenuous hike.

After the hike, we can dine at the onsite restaurant.  The restaurant overlooks 40-acre scenic Lake Lindsey. The restaurant features excellent menu items, including local favorites. We have eaten there when hiking other trails at Crockett State Park.  I have attached a map of the Crockett Park. 

Details for meeting up will be following.  We plan to start the hike at Crockett Park at 9 a.m. on May 7. 

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