Johnsonville State Historic Park

Johnsonville State Historic Park is a day-use park named for former President Andrew Johnson who also served as the Union Military Governor of Tennessee during the Civil War. This 1,075-acre park commemorates the site of the Johnsonville Depot, the Battle of Johnsonville and the historic town site of Johnsonville that existed from 1864-1944 prior to the formation of Kentucky Lake.

This area was a major Union supply base on the Tennessee River, connected with Nashville by a military railway.  On November 4, 1864, Confederate Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry took up artillery positions on the west bank of the Tennessee River.  Opening fire, Forrest’s troops sank four Federal gunboats downstream and destroyed the Union Army supply depot here on the east bank at Johnsonville, causing more than $1 million in damages.  The park contains remnants of the Union supply base, original breastworks (rifle pits) and two large redoubts are preserved. The wharf area and the old town were flooded by the river when it was impounded to create Kentucky Lake.

The park also has a visitor center which features a museum, theater and gift shop that offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Johnsonville Depot and the 1864 Battle of Johnsonville.

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Latitude: 36.032968 Longitude: -87.947826 Elevation: 477 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Johnsonville State Historic Park Rangers offer a variety of interpretive programs for the public throughout the year. These programs include guided hikes, a Junior Ranger Camp, and a number of living history programs such as the annual Battle of Johnsonville Commemorative Living History Event which is held in early November. Additionally on November 4th, the anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, a Park Ranger leads a walking tour. The tour includes an interpretive talk focusing on the Battle of Johnsonville and leads visitors to various areas of the park related to the historic 1864 Civil War battle.

Approximately 10 miles of well-maintained trails meander through this historic area and are enjoyed by hikers and recreational walkers. In addition to hiking and walking, birding, geocaching, swimming, fishing from the bank, and picnicking are all popular with visitors to the park.

Seasons Accessible

This park is accessible year-round.

ADA Accessibility Notes

While most of the trails are not ADA accessible, the Visitors Center, restrooms and pavilions are.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome so long as they are kept on a leash.

How to Get There

Nashville, Tennessee - A little over an hour and a half
Get on I-40 W/I-65 N
3 min (0.8 mi)
Follow I-40 W to TN-230 W in Hickman County. Take exit 152 from I-40 W
50 min (56.3 mi)
Continue on TN-230 W. Take US-70 W to Nell Beard Rd in New Johnsonville
35 min (27.8 mi)
Arrive at Johnsonville State Historic Park
90 Nell Beard Rd, New Johnsonville, TN 37134


Huntsville, Alabama - Approximately 3 hours
Take AL-53 N. Drive from I-65 N, TN-50 W and TN-13 N to New Johnsonville
2 h 52 min (148 mi)
Drive to Nell Beard Rd
48 s (0.2 mi)
Turn right toward Nell Beard Rd
0.1 mi
Turn right onto Nell Beard Rd
Destination will be on the right
79 ft
Arrive at Johnsonville State Historic Park
90 Nell Beard Rd, New Johnsonville, TN 37134


Memphis, Tennessee - Approximately 2 hours and a half
Get on I-40
1 min (0.4 mi)
Follow I-40 to TN-69 N/US-641 N in Decatur County. Take exit 126 from I-40
1 h 52 min (128 mi)
Continue on TN-69 N/US-641 N. Take US-70 E to Nell Beard Rd in New Johnsonville
28 min (21.3 mi)
Arrive at Johnsonville State Historic Park
90 Nell Beard Rd, New Johnsonville, TN 37134


Paducah, Kentucky - Approximately 2 hours
Drive from KY-131 S, KY-97 S, TN-69 S, TN-218 N/Paris Bypass, ... and US-70 E to New Johnsonville
2 h 7 min (102 mi)
Drive to Nell Beard Rd
49 s (0.2 mi)
Arrive at Johnsonville State Historic Park
90 Nell Beard Rd, New Johnsonville, TN 37134

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