The David Crockett State Park gets its namesake from the man of the same name. David (Davey) Crockett was several things throughout his career, including a soldier and politician among others. He was also a nature lover and was known as "King of the Wild Frontier." In his 30s, David Crockett built a series of businesses along the banks of Shoal Creek, which resides within David Crockett State Park.
These three main buildings consisted of a distillery, gristmill, and a powdermill, but unfortunately, these structures were washed away during a flood in 1821. Nowadays, this 1,319-acre park pays tribute to his contributions to our country with both a museum and a replica gristmill. Boat and watercraft rental is very popular in David Crockett State Park, with several different vessels being available to explore beautiful Lake Lindsey.
Because these sports tend to be enjoyed both on the lakefront and in the creek, paddleboard and tube rentals sell out quickly most warm days. Visitors can pay cash at the dock to obtain their rentals, as well as calling ahead to the David Crockett State Park's Main Office. Canines are allowed on the shorelines provided they stay on their leashes at all times. Owners are reminded to clean up and messes left behind by their pets.
If hiking is more your speed, there are several miles of trails for you and your canine to walk through. Most of these trails are under a mile and do not present much of a challenge. Maps are available at the park's main office, or as a downloadable file from the New York Parks' website. Dog stations are posted at the entrances of most of these trails, so keep your canine on a leash and clean up as you explore.
Cycling is catered to here as well, with a dedicated 3-mile paved trail that winds its way throughout the entirety of the grounds. As these are not walking paths, canines are expressly forbidden. The David Crockett Memorial Pool opens for the warmer months each year. Admission is $5 for ages three and older. Sorry dog lovers, but canines are forbidden from entering any of these indoor structures.