Lawrence County, Tennessee is 618 square miles full of outdoor fun, history, and idealistic country living. The county is named in honor of War of 1812 hero James Lawrence. His last words, “Don’t give up the ship” became the unofficial slogan of the U.S. Navy. It is a great place to raise a family or relocate for the abundance of activities that keep life enjoyable for residents and visitors alike. Whether it is golfing on the Lawrence County Disc Golf Trail, taking a horse-drawn wagon tour through Amish Country, or fly fishing in a creek, there is something for everyone.
The northwest part of the county is home to Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area with nearly 15,000 acres owned by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Hunting is allowed on the protected land during specific designated areas during hunting season. This area is also home to the fully stocked 325-acre Laurel Hill Lake. Bird watchers visit this are for opportunities to see different species of birds that are frequently spotted there. The Natchez Trace Parkway can also be accessed through northwestern Lawrence County. This historic trail stretches between Natchez, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee. Highway 64 West is the entrance to the 10,000-year-old trail which once was traveled by bison and Native Americans.
In the early 1800s, American folk hero David Crockett moved his family to the area and quickly began establishing himself as a leader. Crockett’s influence in Lawrence County is still visible today. Just one block south of the Lawrenceburg Square, you can find a replica of Crockett’s office. In addition to being a frontiersman, he served as a magistrate and a member of the Lawrence County Court. David Crockett State Park is 1319 acres and offers everything you would expect from a popular park: biking, hiking, camp sites, and more. Crockett Falls is a popular go-to for park visitors to enjoy water fun like kayaking, canoeing, or tubing for those who prefer to go a little slower. The Park itself is part of history and offers visitors the opportunity to hike along a portion of the original Trail of Tears route. The irony is that David Crockett opposed the forced relocation of Native Americans. It is what ultimately led him to leave Tennessee and head to Texas. He died at the infamous Battle of the Alamo in 1836.