Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum

The Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum is situated on one of the highest points in West Tennessee, Pilot Knob located in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Visitors can learn about General Forrest's attack on Johnsonville, river navigation, logging, commercial fishing and musselling along the Tennessee River. The center also features old jon and brail boats, and an outdoor deck offers a panoramic view over the Tennessee River. Several videos on park history, Civil War history and river life are shown upon request, and the gift shop offers a large variety of items related to the park story, as well as Tennessee State Park souvenirs.

From the I-40 Nathan Bedford Forrest exit, go north to Camden and follow the signs to the park.

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)
Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto S 4th St
0.4 mi
Continue onto S 3rd St
1.1 mi
Continue onto Wayne Sullivan Dr
1.7 mi
Continue onto John L Puryear Dr
0.6 mi
Continue straight to stay on John L Puryear Dr
2.0 mi
Continue onto Husband Rd
3.9 mi
Turn left onto KY-348 E
Street View
2.0 mi
Turn right onto KY-1684 S
5.5 mi
Turn right onto KY-131 S
7.9 mi
Turn right onto KY-58 W
1.7 mi
Turn left onto KY-121 Bypass N/KY-80 E
2.1 mi
Continue straight onto KY-97 S
5.6 mi
Turn left onto KY-339 S/KY-97 S
0.4 mi
Turn right onto KY-97 S
Entering Tennessee
12.3 mi
Continue onto TN-69 S
14.8 mi
Turn right onto TN-218 N/Paris Bypass
9.0 mi
Turn right onto US-641 S
16.5 mi
Turn left onto McKelvy Rd
0.8 mi
Turn right to stay on McKelvy Rd
0.6 mi
Slight left to stay on McKelvy Rd
118 ft
Turn right onto Flatwoods Rd
0.3 mi
Turn left onto Little Jim Rd
1.2 mi
Turn right onto Bethel Church Rd
0.4 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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Latitude: 36.088933 Longitude: -87.97494 Elevation: 659 ft
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Seasons Open

Open year-round.

Hours Open

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Free, donations encouraged.

Eco-Friendly Notes

The park is part of the TVA’s Green Power Switch and tracks park-wide energy use to identify areas for improvement. It is also a proponent of LEAVE NO TRACE.

ADA Accessibility Notes

There is handicapped parking at the top of the knob in front of the center. There is a ramp (albeit a bit steep) that leads to the front door.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome on a leash.

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