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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 10+ 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • A place to learn history about the civil war and old history of the Tennessee River. Watch movies free and eat fresh popcorn free and learn all about the history of the area. 
  • We were rained out over a holiday weekend going toward the Smoky Mtns so we went west to avoid the weather. Most places were pretty full and a search found this state park on the banks of Ky Lake. We ...  read more »
  • 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!
  • I see all the great reviews here and it makes me a little hesitant to post this since my experience was not that great. My husband and I went here to do a little hiking. We took the 5 mile (orange trail). I understand when you go out in the woods you should expect to encounter nature! In all its buggy, leafy, glory! However, as an avid park goer and trail walker, I have never really had the experience else where I had here. The trails were very unkempt with fallen logs, branches, high grass and TONS of spider webs across the trail. I mean. Flamethrower level spider webs everywhere. The grass was high on the trail in many parts which, as anyone knows, is bad because a) snakes and b) chiggers. My husband and I both had chiggers all over us. Our shoes and clothes are in plastic bags in the freezer as we speak, and I can only hope turning my AC thermostat down as low as possible will kill them in the house or its going to be a crappy couple of weeks till the winter freeze can come in and take care of the little bas****s. The park was probably very pretty, but we were too busy fighting off spider webs to really notice :( I would suggest that they do just a little maintenance on the trails.. at least clear the fallen debris (and it was OLD debris) and keep the grass down. I know you can't do much about the spiders, but perhaps the routine maintenance would be enough to make the trails disruptive enough to have them build their webs off it instead of across it.
  • Beautiful place!! Love all the nature walks!
  • Because my son goes to camp hope and he said it was awesome
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