Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park: First Day Hike 2014

At Crockett Cabin
Noelle, Sierra and I decided to get outside for the first day of 2014. We made the short drive over to Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park for the Tennessee State Park System's First Hike series. Tennessee and many other state park systems are participating in this program to get people outdoors and active. I thought it sounded like a wonderful way to start the new year.

We arrived just before 11 am and met at the Crockett Cabin replica.
Start of First Hike
Soon enough we were hitting the trail. We closely followed the Nolichucky River for a short distance before we headed upstream alongside Limestone Creek.
Family Photo
The creek was quite lovely with lots of small riffles and ledges.
Limestone Creek
We even passed through an area where the trail was lined with scouring rush.
Line of Hikers
At the site of an old mill we headed away  from the creek and passed the grave of a Civil War soldier named William Collett.
Collett Grave
This was the same man who operated the mill that once stood on the banks of the creek.

Past the grave site the trail headed into some grassy meadows and then into a dark white pine plantation. Hiking through the pines gave the impression of being much further north than Tennessee.
Hiking in Pines
Finally, the hike ended at the park visitor center where we were treated to cookies and hot cocoa. It was an enjoyable hike and I met some students who recognized me from Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Sierra made a friend also!         

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