Do not let Disney fool you! Davey Crockett was neither born on a mountaintop nor in Tennessee (it was part of North Carolina at the time). His birthplace is, however, beside the beautiful Nolichucky River at the base of (now) Tennessee mountains.
We had not planned on spending a weekend at this small state park, but I am so glad a series of interesting events occurred and led us here. The place we had planned on spending Halloween weekend turned out to be a bit of a spooky trick, so we quickly pivoted and found a last-minute spot at this small state park. Even though the camp sites are really cramped, and we had to back Cate right up to a tree, we were grateful to be in a place where we felt safe and could settle in. We felt utterly spoiled going from 2 unexpected nights of true boondocking to having electricity!
The state park is nestled right along the river, with great views of both the river and the surrounding hills. The night before we arrived, we received a ton of rain thanks to the latest tropical storm remnants making their way north, so the river was busting its banks when we arrived. However, by the following morning, it had settled back to its usual calm beauty.
Although really quite small, the state park has a nice campground, large picnic pavilion and playground, swimming pool, visitor’s center, various recreated cabins and structures, and well-maintained trails. We stayed on the smaller loop of the campground and, though it was tight, we had fantastic neighbors and truly enjoyed our stay.
On Halloween morning, we took a hike on the Limestone Creek trail that starts along the southern boundary of the park. It started with a nice hike along the river, through some unexpected bamboo, and then headed up to higher ground through forested areas and an open meadow. The loop brought us back to the visitor’s center. It was really fun camping less than 1 mile away from the trailhead.
We returned to the camper for lunch and hit the sweet spot for Little Bird’s nap. While she is down to 1 nap per day, some days it is a 15-minute catnap, and some days (like this rare day) it is over 2 hours. We had hoped for a quiet day around camp, and her extra-long power nap helped make that happen.
When she woke up, we carved a pumpkin as our primary Halloween celebration. Many of the kids in the campground were dressed up and trick-or-treating at different sites, but we opted to keep Bird away from the festivities. She did get a few bites of candy and we went out for ice cream after dinner to make sure we hit the mandatory Halloween sugar high.
We ended up at this state park out of desperation, and it felt like the exact place we were supposed to be. It is funny how that seems to happen.