Weather Alert: Park Visitor Center and Tour Road Gates Closed December 6
The Fort Donelson visitor center, the main tour road gate, and the gate at Graves' Battery (stop #7) will be closed beginning Friday, December 6, 2013, in anticipation of a major weather event that will likely result in significant ice accumulation. More »
Is there anything more peaceful or relaxing than watching a butterfly? While learning about General Grant, General Buckner and the Battle of Fort Donelson, please take a few moments to enjoy the beautiful butterfly population that can be found in the park. Here is a guide to help you. And here is a list of those you might see in the Dover, Tennessee, area.
Love 'em or hate 'em, insects are an essential part of our environment. Many can be seen in and around Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Here is a list of some of those to be found in the park.
Did You Know?
At the time of the 1862 battle, a six-gun Tennessee battery was located where the visitor center is located today. Porter's Battery saw extensive action during the battle, and had many killed, wounded, and taken prisoner. Captain Thomas Porter was seriously wounded during the battle.