Although Davy Crockett may not have slain a bear at the age of three, he was quite the explorer and outdoorsman. It’s no wonder one of the nation’s most treasured parks has been named after him. Located off U.S. Highway 69, the park is home to deer, quail, read-cockaded woodpeckers, and other animal species native to west Texas.
“Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee
Greenest state in the Land of the Free
Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree
Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three.
Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier!”
-Thomas W. Blackburn, The Ballad of Davy Crockett
There are four camping areas for visitors to enjoy at Davy Crockett National Forest: Dogwood, Lakeshore, Loblolly, and Overflow. As expected, each campsite features unique characteristics that help differentiate them to campers. Dogwood fairly private, and provides campers with a wheelchair accessible bathhouse and electric hookups. Lakeshore is considered a spur among the loop trails, offers camping by the lake and is very private. Loblolly features a picturesque view of the lake, while Overflow is the most open of the four loops.
There are three hiking trails in Davy Crockett National Forest: the 20 mile long 4C Trail which can be enjoyed by foot only, 1.5 mile long Tall Pines Trail, and three-quarters of a mile Trail Tamers Trail which is accessible by foot and wheelchair. Visitors of the forest usually enjoy both the Tamers and Tall Pines trails during the daytime because of their lower duration and are typically easier to travel on. For the long distance hiker, 4C Trail will become a new favorite.
For nature lovers who enjoy observing wildlife and the flora of wooded habitats, Davy Crockett National Forest provides one of the smallest protected plots of wilderness in Texas. Despite its name, Big Slough Wilderness is 3,000 acres but features over fifty percent hardwoods, deer and other small forest dwelling animals.
Know Before You Go
There is no entry fee for the Davy Crockett National Forest, and is open year round to the public. With certain park restrictions, dogs are allowed in the park. Campsite fees and activity fees (fishing, horseback riding, etc.) vary by specific experience.
There are also strict prohibitions for bicycles, removal of naturally occurring items such as plants and stones, and the use of certain motorized vehicles and equipment. It is imperative for all park visitors to properly dispose of trash, to keep the park water clean and free of debris or waste, and to study the area prior to day hikes and camping.