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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Address: Dover, TN
Phone Number: 931-232-5706
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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.

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I love driving out on cool sunny days. My boys love running around. We often see bald eagles. This trip we saw 2! Everything about this place is beautiful. The bathrooms are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Paris, Tennessee
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Paris, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love driving out on cool sunny days. My boys love running around. We often see bald eagles. This trip we saw 2! Everything about this place is beautiful. The bathrooms are spotless. I've been coming here since I was a little girl and it never gets old.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This earthen fort, historic grounds, cemetery, and the hotel where Civil War general US Grant received the Confederate surrender, are a little out of the way, but well worth the trip. We visited in July with children, who loved both the now-peaceful, quiet grounds and completing the Junior Ranger booklet to receive a Junior Ranger badge. The site is spread... More 

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Thank RelaxedAdventurers
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to visit our son at Fort Campbell, KY and wanted to do some sightseeing while in the area. There is not a great deal to see there, but the history was very interesting. You can see quite a bit just by driving through and reading signs as you go, but there are some places where... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a smaller battlefield compared to others but I still think it is one of the most beautiful and interesting to visit. You can do the auto tour in an hour. The Visitor Center is currently closed for construction but the signage in the park makes it very easy to understand the battle as it happens. Of course the... More 

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Thank Johnplatinum
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely outstanding and beautiful site to see. The views and history through out the site are amazing. The driving tour is outstanding and shows the importance of the fort to the defense of the river.

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Thank James C
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, was the place where General Ulysses S Grant got his nickname Unconditional Surrender (US) Grant. Currently, the visitor’s center has been relocated to the county visitor’s center as the original is being renovated. Nonetheless the visitor’s center is still pretty interesting. To see the battlefield, the National Park Service has a driving tour. There are 10... More 

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Thank TranzorZ1985
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The park visitors center is under construction, so they have a temporary visitors center across the street. Make sure you stop in, the park is laid out well for a driving tour so long as you have the map, otherwise it would be easy to get lost and miss sites. The fort was earthworks, do it's overgrown and hard to... More 

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Thank luedtkee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Nice scenic park overlooking the river. Nice picnic sites. Bald eagles around so take your binoculars

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Thank Sharon T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

You DEFINITELY want to go to the visitor's center first. The Park Rangers have a booklet for the children to fill out about the fort. It was a lovely drive but if you were expecting to tour an actual wooden fort you will be disappointed as this fort was only dirt mounds. But it was very interesting all the same.

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

I didn't know anything about the battle of Fort Donelson or the Iron Clads role in the Civil War. This battle site is well marked and easy to get around. Make a stop at the visitor's center before you begin and take time to go to the Dover Hotel which is the gem of the tour.

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