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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva

(4.4/5 based on 15 reviews on the web)
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 2587acre managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.The park is named after Confederate General 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. (Forrest is now best known as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.)Along with the battle site, features in the park include Pilot Knob, which at 656ft 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.Geographical settingThe Tennessee River enters the Benton County/Humphreys County area from the south, where it absorbs the Duck River and the Beech River, and proceeds northwestward for another 100mi before emptying into the Ohio River. Kentucky Lake, created with the completion of Kentucky Dam in 1944, covers a 184mi stretch of the river between Kentucky Dam (near Paducah) and Pickwick Landing Dam, near the Tennessee-Alabama border to the south. Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is situated along the western bank of Kentucky Lake, approximately 80mi upstream from Kentucky Dam.
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  • We stayed in one of the large, comfortable cabins. Our backyard view was of beautiful Kentucky lake. The Museum and Interpretive Center is great and it sits on one of the, maybe the highest, peaks in ...  more »
  • The cabins at this park are lovely and large! The deck overlooking the lake is a great place to sip your morning coffee, or have a chilled adult beverage in the afternoon. The trails are wonderful and...  more »
  • Both the park office and the interpretive center are interesting and staffed with friendly people. The Interpretive Center was a small museum and included hours of video on many different, but geograp...  more »
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  • Great people that run this park clean camp, knowledgeable personal. Beautiful river site and great cabins.Museum the best. We stayed late summer. DS family
  • Very good state park. The staff really put on a lot of great programs during the 2016 Labor Day weekend. Ranger Justice was very friendly and a great canoe guide. We had a great weekend while spending the weekend in one of the cabins.
  • Our family used to rent the lodge for the weekend for family reunions. Each year the place got more and more run-down. The last year, the mattresses were worse than nasty and smelly. Many of them were duck taped together. Now, my son, daughter-in-law, and I stay at Natchez Trace State Park. It is nearby and clean. Then we drive to the reunion the next day.None of the family sleeps at Nathan Bedford Forrest Park. The dirty, duck taped mattresses were the last straw!
  • Because my son goes to camp hope and he said it was awesome
  • Beautiful place!! Love all the nature walks!