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“Well maintained, plenty of History.”

Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Dover
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Owner description: This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

We were traveling the area, visiting Civil War sites in the region. I had added Fort Donelson due to a family connection with the battle.

The Visitors' Centre was very nice, and we were able to check the records and found the name of our relative in the logs. The staff were very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

Leaving the Visitors' Centre, we made our way to the battlefield. The park is cut in two by the Donelson Parkway, with a small battery on the right side as you exit the Visitors' Centre. We stopped there first, even though it is beyond the entrance to the main battlefield park. It was a short visit there, as that part of the park is not extensive.

We then backtracked to the main entrance. The dilapidated and abandoned Visitors' Centre inside the park is kind of off-putting, but I gather they are in the process of replacing it. Beyond there, the road forks, with a small overlook on Hickman Creek straight ahead, and the main battery overlooking the Tennessee River to the right. We went first to the main battery, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch.

Bald Eagles were nesting nearby, and one flew very low over us as we enjoyed our lunch. We would see more later, along Smith's Attack Road, near the Confederate Monument.

The view of the river is very nice, and the battery placements are reproduced well, with varieties of cannon in place. The original earthworks of the fort are still visible there, as well.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Shapley_Hunter
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"cumberland river"
in 29 reviews
"visitor center is"
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"driving tour"
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"civil war"
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"temporary location"
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"overlooking the river"
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"union forces"
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"general grant"
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"picnic area"
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"short film"
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"beautiful area"
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"important battle"
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"entire area"
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"land between the lakes"
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"history buff"
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

If you are a history buff, this is an excellent place for your research. The temporary visitors center is located not far from the main entrance. The video shown is very interesting and informative about the importance of the Cumberland and Tennessee River system influence on the Civil War. The ironclad ships were fascinating for the battles fought here. Please visit this national park.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank CathyP1953
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Go to Fort Donelson National Battlefield if you want to see true Civil War History...before they make it be torn down. This area was a major battle ground, and you can still to this day find bullets etc around the Cumberland river coast and sometimes even on the battlefield itself. Beautifully preserved..quiet and history at it's best...go to the museum too...you will be glad you did.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Donna W
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This place is worth seeing. The place is beautiful. The views are beautiful. The park is clean and safe.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Tabitha K
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

My son and I had a great time exploring Fort Donelson. It offers a lot of great insight of the battle that took place here. There are several picnic tables where families or groups can get together. There are clean restrooms through out the park. There is an Eagle’s nest on the battlefield and eagles can be seen from time to time.
I would recommend this to anyone that has a love of history.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank S366GOjamesf
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