We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Dover, TN
Phone Number: 931-232-5706
Website
Improve this listing
Activities: Leisure education
Description: This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered...
This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 71 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
I will try to go again

We arrived in time for a monsoon type rain. The Ranger could not have been nicer. It is a nice drive around the National Battlefield and well worth seeing. The Fort was all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
flsurg
,
Orlando
Add Photo Write a Review

71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Orlando
Level Contributor
73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We arrived in time for a monsoon type rain. The Ranger could not have been nicer. It is a nice drive around the National Battlefield and well worth seeing. The Fort was all earthen so that is not much to see there but the "berms" that the Confederates and Yankees fought behind made you visualize the war. The 15 minute... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Dakota
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a very nice battlefield with a lot of information on a piece of history I knew little about. The family enjoyed it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Russellville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
114 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I have been going to Fort Donelson with family and friends for nearly 25 years. I obviously enjoy it if I keep going back. I have seen many improvements in this time - and some things go the wrong way (thanks mostly to idiots who tread too heavily wherever they go and have to be dealt with). The visitor center... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This was an informative and enjoyable visit. The grounds are very well maintained and pleasant to enjoy. The small but informative visitor center was interactive and my kids enjoyed it. The volunteers were very friendly and made the experience great. We particularly enjoyed the beautiful view of the river from the fort. If you are lucky you will get to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Friedheim, Missouri
Level Contributor
38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I consider myself somewhat of a history buff, but I didn't know the history of Fort Donelson. The visitor center was great and the video that played there really was interesting. We did not spend enough time there. I want to make a return visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Illinois
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Our family consisting of 8 members from 10yr old to 50yr olds all enjoyed the grounds. Very beautiful place with lots of scenery and information. The employee were all great and had a lot of knowledge. We were even able to see a eagles nest.Definitely worth a stop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We planned to stop at this battlefield on the way to Florida, and we were not disappointed. The visitor's center was nice, maybe a little small, but the space was nicely used and not over-filled. The interactive audio exhibits were great, and a really cool concept. We visited the battlefield and the monuments, which were all well-maintained and beautiful. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zirconia, North Carolina
Level Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

A two hour drive 80 miles NW of Nashville. The Nat. Park Service maintains this battlefield in immaculate condition. With a the topography on the Cumberland River different to Stones River and Chattanooga, the 'fight' with gunboats, took a form somewhat like the fall of Vicksburg - and was (along with Fort Henry and Heiman) the gateway to the south... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Telluride, Colorado
Level Contributor
130 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The Visitor's Center was our first stop; there was a short film, and interesting exhibits including an audio tour that allowed you to hear personal accounts of soldiers who participated in the battle. Armed with a numbered map of the battlefield, we then drove our car to the various stops. There are also some nice trails, where we observed people... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Russellville, Arkansas
Level Contributor
39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Depending on how involved you want to get this can take from a 15 min drive through or a 2-3 hour history lesson. I went for the history lesson. We stopped at all the markers and read what happened on that site. Markers are a short read but very informative. The grounds are well kept. There are 4 different locations... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Fort Donelson National Battlefield? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fort Donelson National Battlefield staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?