Johnsonville State Historic Park

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Johnsonville State Historic Park

Tennessee

(931) 535-2789

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Overview

Located off U.S. Highway 70, Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for the former Military Governor Andrew Johnson of Tennessee. This 600-acre park on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville. Interpretive tours are available. The Battle of Johnsonville took place on November 4, 1864, when Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry took up artillery positions on the west bank of the Tennessee River. Calvary forces under Forrest sank three Union gunboats downstream and destroyed a Union Army supply depot on the east bank at Johnsonville. Union losses included the three gunboats, eleven transports, eighteen barges, and over $8 million in lost supplies. The fall of Johnsonville represented the only record of a naval force being engaged and defeated by a cavalry force. Four of the original breastworks (rifle pits) are beautifully preserved. Two large forts in the park are open to visitors.

The park has a six-mile hiking trail that allows visitors to explore the historic parts of Johnsonville and the Union encampment.

Map of Johnsonville (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.017631, -87.982481

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Contact park for auto/motorcycle touring information.

  • Fishing

    Visitors enjoy fishing from the banks of the Tennessee River. Catches may include catfish, bream, crappie, and bass. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    A six-mile hiking trail leads visitors through the park area. Hikers pass by the historical portions of Johnsonville and the Union encampment including well-preserved redoubts, rifle pits, cemeteries, a railroad turn-around, and the locations of homes.

  • Historic Sites

    Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for Military Governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson. This 600-acre park on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville. On November 4, 1864, at Johnsonville, Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry took up artillery positions on the west bank of the Tennessee River. Calvary forces under Forrest sank three Union gunboats downstream and destroyed a Union Army supply depot on the east bank at Johnsonville. Union losses included the three gunboats, eleven transports, eighteen barges, and over eight million dollars in lost supplies. The fall of Johnsonville represented the only record of a naval force being engaged and defeated by a cavalry force. Four of the original breastworks (rifle pits) are beautifully preserved. Two large forts in the park are open to visitors. Interpretive tours are available.

  • Picnicking

    The park has two small picnic shelters that can accommodate up to 25 people. Each shelter is equipped with a grill. Picnic shelters are available on a first come, first-served basis. In addition, there are twenty-five individual picnic areas, each equipped with a grill.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. Summer highs tend to be in the 90s and winter lows are usually in the 20s.

Directions

Driving

Take I-40 to Exit 143. Take Highway 13 North for 13 miles. Take Highway 70 West to New Johnsonville, then follow the signs to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(931) 535-2789

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