top: This is Davy Crockett country
middle: See prehistoric fossils
below: fish, camp, explore
The whole family will love....
Tennessee’s Davy Crockett Country
copyright Janet Groene
Melting snows flow from cold mountaintops to form the Nolichucky River, where John Crockett built a log cabin soon after the Revolutionary War. When his son Davy was born here in 1786, Northeast Tennessee was still a wild frontier, but settlers had been trickling in since 1775 when Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Trail from Virginia to central Kentucky.
Come explore rugged hills and introduce your family to unspoiled natural sites, historic treasures, country music shrines, fly fishing, NASCAR races and one of the nation’s most exciting archeological digs.
This pie-shaped wedge east of Knoxville is bounded to the south by the Appalachian Mountains and to the north by the Virginia border. Interstate 81 is faster but the back roads bring you to the best sites. Stay in a cabin or campsite in one of the state parks, an historic inn, or an economical chain motel.
Here’s a sampling of sightseeing highlights in the hills where Crocket was “king of the wild frontier” and where, much earlier, Daniel Boone carved on a tree that he “kilt a bar on this site.” It’s still here. See if you can find it.
The Appalachian Trail traverses this part of Tennessee. Hike local sections or start here for a major hike north to Maine or South to Georgia.
Bristol. The Virginia-Tennessee state line runs down the middle of State Street. Walk the historic shopping district to see a farmer’s market where concerts are held often, the restored 1930s movie palace, monuments galore and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Bristol Motor Speedway is open every day. Visit the museum and gift shop. Walk the race course or catch a ride in a pace car . Bristol Dragway is next door.
Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Limestone, has a museum and a replica of the cabin where Crockett was born. Fish for bass, crappie, bluegill, redeye and catfish.
Exchange Place, Kingsport it was a stagecoach stop on the Wilderness Road in the
1850s. See real homesteads, the original general store and post office, and the schoolhouse. Fly fishing, Johnson City area. Fish the Holston and Nolichucky rivers, Watauga Lake, and countless tail waters and little-known streams.
Gray Fossil Site. South of Kingsport, see an amazing find of prehistoric bones. Discovered in 2001, the ancient sinkhole has already yielded a complete rhino family, tapirs, camels, a three-toed horse, an elephant and much more.
Greenville. Stroll the historic downtown with its quaint shops and old homes. A cannonball from one Civil War skirmish can be seen in the church near the Inn.
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Elizabethton. Bring a picnic and come here for a history lesson. Under the British, colonists were forbidden to settle west of the Appalachians but defiant Over Mountain Men not only homesteaded here, they beat the British at the Battle of King’s Mountain in South Carolina.
If You Go
For more information: Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, (www.) TNtourism.com. Order a Tennessee guidebook here.
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