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Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover

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  • They are currently working on their visitor center (for awhile now) and that eliminates a lot of parking near the trails. But they do have parking elsewhere, just in different areas. My children enjoy...  more »
  • Enjoyed the river trail and driving stops ( # 3, 4, 10) the most. Temporary visitor center is at the Stewart County Visitor Center, (117 Visitor Center Lane, Dover). The historic plaques are few but i...  more »
  • First time here. we went all over the park, but my favorite place was by the river at the gun emplacements.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Easy to drive around and see the sites without walking. Great views of the battlefield.
  • 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.
  • An awesome Civil War battlefield. A very nice self-guided tour to take. They were renovating the visitor center when I went with my family and a friends family, so all the information was in a temporary spot at the county community building. A great spot for a day trip to drive and see the spots, or if the weather is nice you can walk/hike most of it. Lovely views and lots of wildlife as well.
  • Great place if you like civil war facts and a beautiful drive to the water!