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Fort Donelson

Tucked away on the Tennessee/Kentucky border, Fort Donelson marks the location of an extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karla G
Great guided tour with Jim Vaughan

We booked a tour with an extremely knowledgeable and personable volunteer guide Jim Vaughan. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Drew K
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
Dover, TN
+1 931-232-5706
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We liked seeing the battlefield and enjoyed the short film in the temporary visitors center. The "guide" was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would have liked seeing more historical items which we assume were in the building being renovated. Overall nice place.

Thank Vacationrare
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away on the Tennessee/Kentucky border, Fort Donelson marks the location of an extremely important, but often overlooked Civil War Battle. Fort Donelson was crucial for two reasons: it was the first significant victory for the Union, opening a pathway for Union forces to advance...More

Thank Karla G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a tour with an extremely knowledgeable and personable volunteer guide Jim Vaughan. The Fort Donelson site is much improved from my last visit in 1994! As opposed to more famous battlefields, the park is not covered with monuments but the fortifications are still...More

Thank Drew K
Reviewed 4 July 2018

This is where 2 former classmates at West Point were pitted against one another. General Grant and General Buckner. Buckner who had assumed command at Fort Donelson after Generals Floyd and Pillow ran from the situation. Grant who had the fort surrounded soon asked Buckner...More

Thank hoef972
Reviewed 2 July 2018

For Donelson National Battlefield was worth seeing. The visitor center is being renovated so we saw it outside the park. Worth doing as the rangers have lots of information. The self-guided tour is well done and it is easy to park at the stops along...More

Thank stancal
Reviewed 23 June 2018

When we visited, the NP visitor center was being remodeled, so they were sharing a space with a local organization just to the west... the fort site itself is enormous... a vary extensive earthwork surrounds a very large area, and a winter quarters cabin is...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the battlefield and thought it was great. The battle is much easier to comprehend than those of Vicksburg, Shiloh, Gettysburg, etc because it is smaller and straightforward. You really need to start at the visitor center, which is the county visitor center. It...More

Thank Marjpriedd
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Stop by and talk to the Rangers, they have lots of information about the park and the history. There are replica troop tents, and the lookout over the Cumberland river is awesome with all the cannons in place, it's a real sight to see!

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Lots of canons at every stop was what my DS felt so very enjoyable, esp the ones by the river. They are the original ones from the civil war era, I think.

Thank srgl0betr0tter
Reviewed 8 June 2018

I would have given this a five star rating, but the visitors center is in a temporary location. They have done the best they can with the space they have and the film shown is very good. However, most of the artifacts have been put...More

Thank Bonnie M
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13 July 2018|
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Response from Shapley_Hunter | Reviewed this property |
You can pretty well see the battlefield in a couple of hours. Add another hour to see the Surrender House and the National Cemetery in Dover.