Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, located on the west side of Kentucky Lake, features three campgrounds, cabins, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, boat ramps, nature programs, and Pilot Knob, the highest point in West Tennessee. 

The park is named for the Confederate cavalry commander in recognition of his November 4, 1864 destruction of the major Union supply depot at (Old) Johnsonville across the river.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest launched a surprise attack on Johnsonville across the river from this site, destroying a key Union supply depot during the Civil War.  The state park, laid out on land donated by Benton County, opened in 1929.

This 2,587-acre state park is located on Kentucky Lake where fishing is king. Commercial marinas and public boat docks are located nearby and three boating accesses are available in the park at no cost.

This is a LEAVE NO TRACE park.

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Latitude: 36.083388 Longitude: -87.985385 Elevation: 417 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Fishing, hiking and birding are popular year-round.

Boating, picnicking, grilling, volleyball, horseshoes and more are enjoyed in the spring, summer and fall.

History lovers appreciate the park's interpretive, historic signage, as well its Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Nature Center inside of the Folklife Center.

This is an official Dark Sky Park , so be prepared to be amazed by the stars as they make their way through the park's inky darkness, far away from light pollution.

Water sports aside and spirited volleyball games aside, this is probably a generally a place for quiet relaxation.

Seasons Accessible

Year-round

Fees

Free

ADA Accessibility Notes

Although many of the trails are not paved, the Visitor's Center, Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Nature Center are ADA accessible as are  pavilions, bathrooms and most picnic areas.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leashes are welcome.

How to Get There

From Nashville, Tennessee - Approximately 1 hour-45 minutes
Get on I-40 W/I-65 N
3 min (0.8 mi)
Follow I-40 W to TN-191 N/Birdsong Rd in Benton County. Take exit 133 from I-40 W
1 h 7 min (75.7 mi)
Follow Birdsong Rd to TN-191 N
36 min (24.9 mi)
Arrive - Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
1825 Pilot Knob Rd, Eva, TN 38333

From Memphis, Tennessee - Approximately 2.5 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)
Continue on US-70 E. Take Broadway of America to TN-191 N in Benton County
1 h 16 min (56.9 mi)
Arrive Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
1825 Pilot Knob Rd, Eva, TN 38333

From Paducah, KY - Approximately 2 hours
Take KY-1684 S, KY-131 S, KY-97 S, TN-69 S, ... and US-641 S to Davis Rd in Benton County
1 h 55 min (91.0 mi)
Drive to TN-191 N
10 min (6.2 mi)
Arrive - Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
1825 Pilot Knob Rd, Eva, TN 38333

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