Visitor Center Delayed opening, December 8, 2013
UPDATE: The visitor center area will be operating under a two hour delay Sunday, December 8. Anticipated opening time is 10AM. Please use caution, as much ice remains. Today's book club at the Calloway County Public Library will be rescheduled. More »
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?
On February 16, 1862, Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson to Ulysses Grant. Several years later, Buckner would serve as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1885, he would serve as a pallbearer to his old friend Ulysses Grant.