This Tennessee State Park is named after General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the infamous Confederate cavalry leader, who on November 4, 1864, attacked and destroyed the federal supply and munitions depot at (Old) Johnsonville at the mouth of Trace Creek. His occupations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of the park and the town of Eva, TN. In 1929 the park was dedicated to Nathan Bedford Forrest on land acquired in part from Benton County.
The park has seven cabins. Six feature 2 bedrooms, 2 full size beds in each room, and 2 full baths. One cabin is accessible to persons with a disability and has three beds and 2 accessible bathrooms. Each cabin features a furnished kitchen, air conditioning, gas log fireplace, phone and outside grill which overlooks the Tennessee River/Kentucky Lake.
The hidden treasure of the park is the Rustic Cabin which sits all by it's lonesome at the top of a ridge which is the highest point in a West Tennessse. This cabin has a bedroom area with a full bed and a full futon sofa. Off to the side is a full kitchen with all the appliances, dishes, cooking ware one might need for a getaway in the woods. There is also a bathroom which has a shower stall. The back porch is home to a rocking chair and glider and overlooks the grill, fire ring, and and exceptional view of the waterway and all its traffic below. All is quiet along the top of the tall ridge.
The park has three campgrounds. Two of them are primitive campgrounds. Happy Hollow camping area has 38 sites, each with tables, grills, water and electrical hookups. This area is served by a playground, a central bathhouse with showers, lavatories, and commodes. A dump station for self-contained trailer rigs is available.
The second campground is primitive camping with 15 available sites. Water is available, but not at each site; and there is a central restroom. These campsites are right on the waterfront. Imagine sitting in front of your tent in chair hoping to catch supper as it swims by.
The third campground is available for supervised youth groups such as scouts. This campground is available upon request and is located on Kentucky Lake near the park office. The area is served by porta-johns and water is located nearby. There is no charge for use of the area, but adult supervision is required.
What is there to do when you're not sitting and enjoying nature? Boating, skiing, and fishing are very popular activities on 200,000-acre Kentucky Lake. There are commercial marinas and public boat docks located nearby. Three boating accesses are available in the park and there is no fee required. Don't forget to visit the gift shop and museum to learn about pioneer life in the area as well as watch educational videos about the local Civil War battles.
HOURS:8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week11am-12pm the museum is closed for lunch each day.
NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST STATE PARK
1825 Pilot Knob Road
Eva, Tennessee 38333