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“Can view site from top of hill” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Patsy Cline Memorial

Patsy Cline Memorial
Mt. Carmel Road, Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-8395
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Camden
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Dearborn, MI
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“Can view site from top of hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

Althought the previouse visitor states that the hill is very steep and difficult to acess the entire site can be viewed from the top of the hill.

I have very bad knees and knew I would not be able to climb down or up from the actual crash site .but the Large rock with inscription can be seen from the top of the hill since it is a short distance away.

The entire site is laid out with parking area and turn arounds.
There is a open space near the memorial collage at the top of the hill. If not alot of people are at the site you can park right next to the collage.

I have to warn you that when you stop there might not be anyone there but others can show up quite quickly. We visited the site again March 2008 and when we arrived we were the only ones there and parked in the open space and with in a few minutes there were several other cars there also. So one might want to parking in the parking lot to avoid someone blocking you in or creating difficulty backing out of open space. the site is not that large so visiters do come and go with in a few minutes.

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“Nice memorial, but a VERY steep walk is required to see part of it.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2007

On March 5, 1963, a single-engine plane carrying country music singer Patsy Cline, and three others, crashed in the rugged forested terrain, near Camden, Tennessee. There were no survivors.

Today the plane crash spot is marked with a stone marker, and an information kiosk is at the top of the hill above it. The stone marker's inscription reads:

On this site
March 5, 1963
PATSY CLINE
COWBOY COPAS
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS
RANDY HUGHES
Lost their lives in a plane crash
In loving memory
July 6, 1996

Finding the site is not hard. It is located on Mt. Carmel Road, and there are signs. Mt. Carmel Road joins U.S. 641 just north of the intersection of U.S. 641 and Business U.S. 70 (West Main Street), in Camden. You drive about three miles along Mt. Carmel Road. You then will come to a gravel parking area, where the information kiosk stands. The rock marker is down below. That rock marker is one tough place to go and see. I cannot emphasize that enough.

The gravel road down to the marker is about 50 yards long, but is incredibly steep. You will not be able to drive to it, and walking down to it will require you to have good walking shoes, and walking abilities. If you can't walk sideways and at angles, don't go down. On my climb back up, I had to nearly crawl in spots, it seems, and had to grab hold of tree limbs, or whatever I could find to help. I told my wife to stay at the top of the hill.

The information kiosk at the top, which is easily accessible, has photos of Patsy, plus of the accident, and tells the story of what happened. The site is free, and open during daylight hours.

It is a historic site, especially to Patsy Cline fans, but be prepared for a harsh climb to see the actual spot.

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