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.
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