Fort Donelson National Battlefield

No terms, except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. - Ulysses.S. Grant

These are the words of Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, who became quite famous following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. In fact, the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant" followed him the rest of his life.

The South was stunned by this loss, however President Lincoln was elated. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville fell into Union hands. Finally, the Union could see a pathway to victory.

Fort Donelson, with its commanding view of the Cumberland River, its National Cemetery, Surrender House, excellent videos and other interpretation opportunities brings to life the period and the battle for new generations.

 

 

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Location

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Latitude: 36.482331 Longitude: -87.862712 Elevation: 574 ft
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Susan Jones

Hours Open

Park hours change seasonally, The park opens at 8 am and closes around dusk. Please see web site for specific hours.

Time Period Represented

1860s

Seasons Open

All

Visitor Fees

Free

Price Style for this Establishment

Free

ADA Accessibility Notes

In fiscal year 2015, the park began a project to modify the Visitor Center to make all spaces and rooms wheelchair accessible. This project is not yet complete, however, the Stewart County Visitor Center across the highway is serving as the interim park visitor center. It is completely ADA Accessible.

While much of the important portions of the park may be seen from the roads that wind their way through the hills and valleys, several of the attractions may not be reachable by wheel chairs or walkers. Please contact the Visitor Center for specifics.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leashes are welcome. Please pick up after your pet.

How to Get There


From Nashville, Tennessee - Approximately 1.5 hours
Head southwest on Church St toward Capitol Blvd
3 min (0.6 mi)
Take I-24 W to TN-237 W/Rossview Rd in Montgomery County. Take exit 8 from I-24 W
37 min (42.2 mi)
Take 101st Airborne Division Pkwy and TN-374 to US-79 S
22 min (14.8 mi)
Turn right onto US-79 S
27 min (25.8 mi)
Follow Lock D Rd to Lock D Loop
5 min (1.2 mi)
Arrive at Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 Lock D Rd, Dover, TN 37058


Memphis, Tennessee - Approximatelyl 3 hours
Get on I-40
1 min (0.4 mi)
Follow I-40 to US-412 W/US-70 E in Madison County. Take exit 87 from I-40
1 h 19 min (89.0 mi)
Follow US-70 E, TN-22 N and US-79 N to Lock D Loop in Dover
1 h 40 min (85.4 mi)
Arrive at Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 Lock D Rd, Dover, TN 37058

 


From Paducah, Kentucky - Approximately 1.5 hours
Take S 3rd St and Wayne Sullivan Dr to US-62 E/Clarks River Rd
7 min (3.4 mi)
Take US-68 E to KY-453 S in Trigg County. Take the exit toward Grand Rivers, Kentucky/Dover, Tennessee from US-68 E
48 min (38.4 mi)
Take TN-49 E to US-79 N/Fort Donelson Pkwy in Stewart County
33 min (26.1 mi)
Turn left onto US-79 N/Fort Donelson Pkwy
Continue to follow US-79 N
2 min (1.4 mi)
Follow Lock D Rd to Lock D Loop
5 min (1.2 mi)
Arrive Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 Lock D Rd, Dover, TN 37058


From Huntsville, Alabama - Approximately 3.5 hours
Get on I-565 W from Spragins St SW and Washington St NW
4 min (1.0 mi)
Follow I-565 W, I-65 N and I-840 W/TN-840 to TN-46 N in Dickson. Take exit 172 from I-40 W
1 h 59 min (140 mi)
Follow TN-46 N, TN-233 S/Cumberland City Rd and TN-49 W to Lock D Loop in Dover
1 h 24 min (56.6 mi)
Arrive Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 Lock D Rd, Dover, TN 37058

 

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