Fort Donelson Status March 7 2014
The park's visitor center is open today, March 7, 2014. The main tour road is now open. The Dover Hotel is open. Stop #7 is closed. Park staff is working on removing ice and snow. Many local roads, especially back roads, are still treacherous.
Our Staff & Offices
Park Management and AdministrationEncompasses activities related to park-wide administrative, managerial, and support functions, as well as safety and planning. In addition, this area is responsible for working with external constituencies in order to develop valuable park partnerships. Altogether, the Management and Administration area provides a host of essential services to enable park employees to focus on accomplishing core mission operations and their functional duties.
Interpretation and Visitor Services
Interpretive events and media publications serve to encourage the development of a personal stewardship ethic and to broaden public support for preserving park resources. Interpretive rangers present Fort Donelson to visitors through formal interpretation at the park with talks, demonstrations, special events and with informal interpretation.
Fort Donelson's interpretive media infrastructure encompasses outdoor exhibits, visitor center displays, site bulletins, booklets, informational rack cards, and maintenance of the park website.
Facility Management and Law Enforcement
Maintenance is dedicated to prolonging the life and improving the interior and exterior condition of the four historic and seventeen buildings at Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery.
Fort Donelson has an extensive trail system with 5.7 miles of trails for hiking. Maintenance activities include repair and rehabilitation of trails in order to prolong the life of these precious assets.
Did You Know?
There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.