Winstead Hill Park

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Winstead Hill Park
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Steven D
Spring Hill, TN1,725 contributions
Couples
This modestly sized city park in Franklin just off US 31 is an appropriate blend of history lessons coupled with maintained tracks or trails for walking or jogging. At the main entrance to the park you’ll note the monuments and large visual displays retelling the story of Civil War battles that took place on these very grounds. You’ll also quickly see another set of maps and descriptions of the land where the scenic trail winds through the park. Rest Room facilities are available. Limited picnic area. There are a few benches spaced out along the pathway for resting and reflection. There is no entrance fee at this park.
Written July 11, 2020
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Michelle W
Lawrenceville, IL399 contributions
Friends
This is a very nice, well maintained battlefield that was the sight where Hood was. The grounds have nice walking paths to tell you about the battle. At the entrance there is a very nice display showing the movement, the date along with historical events.
Written April 12, 2021
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NewbernTraveler
Newbern, TN805 contributions
From atop Winstead Hill, on Nov. 30, 1864, Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood gave the signal that sent a wave of 19,000 troops, on a two mile-wide front, toward the dug-in Union defenders at Franklin. It was the largest single attack of the war. The intent was to smash the Union force before it could join up with troops just to the north, at Nashville.

The attack was gallant on the part of the men advancing, but a disaster in the end. Over 7,000 Confederate casualties were the result, along with six top generals dead, and dozens of other officers wounded. Hood's army never recovered.

Today visitors can climb to the spot on Winstead Hill where Hood gave that command. Along the way they can see monuments to states and units participating in the battle. In addition, there are memorials to the fallen six generals there, plus an artillery piece pointed toward the old Union positions.

Also at the top is a stone shelter with a bronze relief map inside showing how the battle unfolded. Overall, it's one of the best stops of what left of the Franklin battlefield.

On the lower side of this park is a natural trail walking area.

The park is open daylight hours, and is just south of the junction of U.S. 31 and Mack Hatcher Parkway, in Franklin.

It is part of a 26-stop driving tour. A free driving tour map is available at the Franklin downtown visitors center (at 209 E. Main Street), or by contacting the Save the Franklin Battlefield Association, P.O. Box 851, Franklin, TN 37065-0871.
Written October 12, 2008
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journalmytrips
Georgia620 contributions
On a recent road trip, we decided to visit this Civil War site. I had done very little research and so did not know what to expect. We found the park to be well kept. The information provided near the parking area was well done. We looked up the hill to where the overlook was located but after going up the stairs found that the walkway was too unstable to go further to avoid a possible fall. Nevertheless, I would say that this is a mildly interesting stop for those interested in the history of the Battle of Franklin.
Written October 16, 2021
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Joseph R
Catawissa, PA12 contributions
Family
Great for any civil war enthusiast the monuments here are remembrances from the states that sent sons against the fortifications at Franklin there are also the stones dedicated to the generals that gave their lives here as well including Patrick Cleburne the Irish born stonewall of the west its a nice little walk and if you do it near sunset it adds to the experience.
Written July 30, 2018
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Timandlinda_n_ky
Corbin, KY65 contributions
Couples
I have visited Franklin several times but this was a new find for me, we were up early and wanted to get out of the motel room, like any good TripAdvisor user I started looking and found Winstead Hill Park. We drove the few minutes from our motel and found a great place for a morning walk and to learn more about the Battle of Franklin
Written June 17, 2015
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travelgal1994
Franklin, TN816 contributions
Family
Love this place, great place to walk your dog or your self and you can go alone as its a very safe place to walk or jog as well.
great area to throw frisbee as well.
Written April 21, 2015
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Melanie K
Salem, IN13 contributions
Couples
Urban sprawl makes it almost impossible to visualize the Battle of Franklin. Go up Winstead Hill before you do anything else--the markers and information, along with the view, help you understand the troop movements and see very easily how the battle started. A great reference point and the markers there are both poignant and informative.
Written March 20, 2014
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gormer
Arizona101 contributions
Gorgeous little place to get yourself lost on a fall day. You can stay on the trail, see the Civil War interpretive panels and monuments, and go your merry way, or you can wander off-trail, get lost in the greenery in a fall rain shower, and spend an hour laughing at your own idiocy as you try to climb down a hill and somehow end up going back up.
Written July 16, 2018
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Robbie G
Nashville, TN225 contributions
I've lived in this community for years & never knew where Winstead Hill was until last month. A nondescript right off Columbia Pike (going south) after the Columbia/Mack Hatcher intersection, you can park and walk up the winding hill to a shelter from which you can view Downtown Franklin. The last high hill south of Franklin gave the Confederate Army a clear view into downtown where the Federalists were pinned against the Harpeth River for lack of a bridge across. It was eerie looking through the binoculars (a free fixture under the shelter). I felt as if I were looking through General Hood's eyes at or close to the exact spot where he made the infamous decision to overtake the Feds, the result of which was the unimaginable loss of so much life.
Written April 26, 2017
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