Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva

#94 of 104 in Nature in Tennessee
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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  • This park is awesome. I loved the history at the park and we walked around at looked at the water. The park is clean and well kept and like all TN state parks is free. We enjoyed the little visitors c...  more »
  • The park is located on the western side of the Tennessee River near Eva TN. The area is quite rural. The group lodge was clean on our arrival.. The group facilities are air conditioned. We did not vis...  more »
  • 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 »
  • We just Love Love this place! Our favorite place to camp. Friendly and helpful staff. Park is clear of clutter and trash. Can't wait to go back. Beautiful scenery...
  • I grew up and live really close. Park is very clean and well kept. Not a lot to do here other than camping , hiking , and beautiful views of KY lake / TN river. It has cabin rentals with lake view, rustic camp sites on Waters edge and full service hook up camp sites close by. Civil war artifacts as well as how the river has give employment to locals over the years all inside a very nice museum. A great get away stop for anyone wanting peaceful a outing. NO FOOD for 7 miles so be sure and bring everything you may want. Hope this helps
  • We love this place always have a good time the rangers are always very nice.
  • Very nice park. Super friendly staff, great place to camp. Don't forget your bug spray!!
  • I've been coming to this park for our family reunion every year since I was born. It's a staple in our lives and the scene for many wonderful memories.

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