Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva

#115 of 137 in Nature in Tennessee
State Park · Hidden Gem · Park
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is a state park in Benton County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The park is situated on the western shore of the Kentucky Lake impoundment of the Tennessee River, just north of the community of Eva. Established in 1929, the park consists of 2,587 acres (10.47 km2) managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The park is named after Confederate General and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821–1877), who conducted operations in the area during the U.S. Civil War. The park encompasses part of Forrest's operational area during the 1864 Battle of Johnsonville, in which Forrest attacked and destroyed a Union supply depot and transfer station on the opposite bank of the river.

Along with the battle site, features in the park include Pilot Knob, which at 656 feet (200 m) is one of the highest points in West Tennessee, and the Tennessee River Folklife Center, which interprets life in the lower Tennessee Valley in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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  • I have lived here 25 years and never hiked a trail before. Company from CA forced the issue. It was a beautiful 3.15 mile hike. The workers in the Visitor Center and Interpretive Center were...  more »
  • Loved my stay at the lakefront campground. It’s rustic with a bathhouse (toilet and sink but no showers) but the view is incomparable! Each site is less than 10 feet from Kentucky Lake. Big kudos to.....  more »
  • Nice place to go camping. They have a lot of nice scenery as your hiking. The water was really nice. It’s always fun to camp alongside a lake or river. Also, the museum was a really fun spot. They had a lot of cool artifacts with lots of history.
  • Go every year for family reunion and absolutely love it here. Beautiful scenery and awesome museum to visit and look at.

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