Tennessee has some great historic sites. Being a territory during the Revolutionary War, becoming a state soon after left Tennessee as a border state of a burgeoning country and many American heroes passed through the area. From Sam Houston to Daniel Boone, these early American’s left there touch on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. Another of those people that passed through the area was Davy Crockett. In fact, he was born in the area that would become the town of Limestone, TN. His birthplace has become the site of a great state park: Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.
The state of Tennessee has preserved this area and the cabin that sits in its heart as a legacy to the past and to the personage of Davy Crockett. Limestone, TN is the closest town to the state park. As you travel through East Tennessee along I-81 you will see an exit for 11E. Take that exit and you are going to wind through beautiful landscape back to the state park. Follow the signs, it is easy to find and the drive to this state park is only part of the fun.
Davy Crockett was born August 17, 1786 in the Limestone community of Tennessee. The cabin that is sitting on the site is not the original cabin but it is a replica of what the Crockett cabin might have looked like. It is the same size and shape of the cabins that were customary during that time. Crockett grew up in this area and of course would eventually go on to become a representative of the state of Tennessee and would even be touted in popular culture on the 1950s TV show that bore his name.
Part of the fun of coming to the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park is being in the setting, on the site where Davy Crockett grew up. The Nolichucky River that he fished in when he was young is a stone’s throw from the cabin. The gentle roll of the landscape is probably the same as what he helped his family farm on and part of the reason that his parents choose this piece of land to settle on. When you are done exploring the cabin, go to the Crockett Monument located in front of the cabin. Find the natural stone from your state of origin. Go to the Davy Crockett museum and learn not only about Davy Crockett the man but Davy Crockett the legend.
Or maybe you are looking for a great place to camp for the night or the weekend. The Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park has a great, full service campground. The have a swimming pool complex that is open during the season. A pavilion by the river and a boat ramp offer plenty of opportunities to play in the water or do some serious fishing. Get out and explore the state parks of the great state of Tennessee, spend some time analyzing the past of our nation and the state. Visit the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.