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Worth the Visit!

This is one of the places that changed the direction of the Civil War. Our park ranger tour was... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
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Small Park, Still A Good Stop

This is a small park, but still a quick interesting stop. The visitors center is still going under... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
Cartersville, Georgia
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This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
Dover, TN
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the places that changed the direction of the Civil War. Our park ranger tour was worth it as they are experts on the battle. You can see the earth worths even today and understand how grim a war this was. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

This is a small park, but still a quick interesting stop. The visitors center is still going under what looks like a remodel. Yet, they have another center just outside the park for support. The drive through and around the park is a short trip,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jayjay099
Reviewed October 28, 2018

My husband and I took a side trip to Fort Donelson when returning from a trip to middle Tennessee. We had visited Vicksburg National Battlefield in Mississippi and enjoyed it. Fort Donelson reminded us of Vicksburg. There is a self-guided tour, just call on your...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Glynise C
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

A beautiful parks that is well kept and full of historical significance. The turn of the civil war happened here in this very spot. Also there are a pair of bald Eagles that raise their young here every yeat. A great place to visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

Husband and I stopped here after looking at a tractor nearby. This is worth the stop if interested in Civil War history. The Cumberland River is beautiful and you can drive from point to point for the self guided tour. The visitor center was closed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

Fort Donelson is off the beaten track along the Kentucky/Tennessee border about an hour and a half drive from Nashville. The fort, which was the site of a naval and land battle, has largely disappeared as it was almost entirely comprised of raised earthworks (some...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vacationrare
Reviewed August 3, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank TeardropTrailrTravls
Reviewed July 29, 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank 975drewk
Reviewed July 4, 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

Date of experience: May 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.