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 »
  • Our family loves this park. Park us always very clean and well maintained. Went and watched the 4th of July fireworks down by the river that were shot off across the river at Pebble Isle Marina.
  • Very pretty place. We were there to kill some time so we just drove around some.
  • Great place for family picnics and small get togethers
  • My fav in West Tn. Cabins are first rate and a hell of a lot better than the hotels in the area.
  • 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

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