• The legendary battle between Confederate guns and US ironclads at Fort Donelson, February 14, 1862.

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Park Statistics

Park Size: 1007 acres (as of 2010)

Annual Visitation:

Total Visits: 705,397 (Fiscal Year 2010)

Recreational: 208,887

Annual Budget: $1,516,000.00

Staff: 14 Full Time Employees (FTE)

National Designation:

National Military Park:March 26, 1928

National Battlefield:August 16, 1985


Roads: 3 Miles

Bridges: 3 Footbridges

Buildings: 13

Recreational Resources:

Visitor Center
: 1

Hiking Trails: 5.7 Miles

Picnic Tables: 13

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.