Lawrence County is a place deeply rooted in heritage. From the time the Chickasaw Nation first called this land home to America's legendary folk hero Davy Crockett who hailed from here, Lawrence County has been a prominent place in Tennessee’s history. And with its rolling hills and winding creeks, Lawrenceburg and its surrounding towns are perhaps best known for its outdoor scene.
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Heading to the area soon? Here’s your ultimate guide for how to experience the outdoors in Lawrence County.
Go for a float
With winding streams aplenty, Lawrence County makes a great spot for floating on the water. Located at David Crockett State Park, Lindsey Lake is a quiet spot that's idea for recreational boating with kayaks or paddle boats. Laurel Hill Lake is another place to go for a float or even try your hand at fishing, where there’s an assortment of fish like bass, catfish and bluegill. For a more relaxing afternoon, consider navigating Shoal Creek, a narrow stream that empties into the Tennessee River.
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Go for a horseback ride
While there aren’t many public trails for horseback riding, there are a few spots horse owners can take advantage of like the trails at Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which are open to horseback riders during certain seasons. During big-game hunting seasons, horseback riding is restricted, but in the off season, the WMA offers 30 miles of designated horse-riding trails, complete with surrounding rivers and streams.
Take a hike
Lawrence County has plenty of hiking options, and spanning long and challenging to short and fun, David Crockett State Park has the widest variety of trails. The 1.5-mile Shoal Creek Trail is a versatile hike for all skill levels. For more of a challenge, the Crawfish Valley Trail comes in at 2.70 miles. There are also designated biking trails at David Crockett State Park.
Go for a hunt
Much like horseback riding, the only public property open for hunting is at Laurel Hill WMA. With more than 20 square miles of available land, hunting enthusiasts can still experience the thrill of the hunt with game like white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrels and birds. There's plenty of other wildlife you might encounter on the hunt, too. For a complete list of Laurel Hill WMA’s rules and regulations, see the official information page from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).