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Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover

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Battlefield National Park
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  • If you are in the Dover or Paris area, this is a wonderful place to see. After a ride down Land Between the Lakes, you should see this battlefield. This war changed our country forever. We usually run...  more »
  • It was a nice afternoon drive. There was a good video on the history of the area. You get a map that has all the stops for the tour.  more »
  • Don't miss the bald eagles nesting by the river. The Junior Ranger program increases your involvement and stimulates your thoughts about the people involved in the battle. Often the intricacies of tro...  more »
  • Wonderful Civil War site to visit. Helpful staff. You know your family member that fought there...they can tell you exactly their Battle History and send you to grassy trench they fought in. Site of Bald Eagle nesting. Some 24 Eaglets in about 22 years. "THE EAGLE LADY VOLUNTEER" drives throughout the park near the huge eagle nest. Has great pictures of past hatchlings to show you. Super knowledgeable. Cabins for rent. Outdoor pavilion and playground.
  • Love looking in on the Bald Eagles, we stop back frequently to watch the eaglets.
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park tells the story of one of the critical battles of the Civil War, where General Grant defeated his friend, General Simon Bolivar Buckner, to open the route for Union troops to enter the Confederacy. When we went, the Visitor Center was closed for renovation, but the temporary facility was pretty good. The rangers and volunteers were friendly and helpful, and my daughter enjoyed earning three Junior Ranger badges (Fort Donelson, Underground Railroad, and Eco Ranger). It is definitely well worth a detour on a drive from Nashville to St. Louis.
  • One of the many battlefields in the south. This one is not very big or well known but may have been one of the most important battles. This is where Ulysses S Grant was made famous. He accepted surrender from one of his classmates from West Point. I took my niece here, who is 10. She loves doing the junior ranger activities. This park has a very involved junior ranger activity book. We had to travel throughout the park to log several activities in order for her to get her pin and badge. There are a few sites that are part of the park but are a few miles away. Such as the hotel where the surrender was signed and the cemetery. There are some hiking trails, which I did not check out. Walking through the main fort area would not be strenuous as it is mostly level. The gift shop was undergoing a renovation at the time and was being temporarily housed but it was still done up very nicely. There was a shot 15 minute film you could watch and the ladies there were very helpful and full of knowledge.
  • Love history. Great park to relax in.