Basic Information

Fort Donelson National Battlefield traditionally experiences mild to moderate winters and hot summers with an average high of 90 degrees in the summer and 40 in winter; average lows in the winter are 30 degrees but single digits are not unusual. Rainfall in the area averages 53 inches a year with an additional 6 inches of ice/snow and violent thunderstorms can take place at any time of year.

Entrance Fees:

No fees - $0.00

Fort Donelson does not charge for entrance or interpretive fees.

Entrance Passes:

No entrance fees at Fort Donelson - $0.00

Passes are not needed at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, as we have no fees. Passes are not issued at Fort Donelson...but may be purchased at Land Between the Lakes, a few minutes away.

Fort Donelson Visitor Center

GPS: 120 Fort Donelson Park Road, Dover, TN 37058 **Starting December 7, 2015, Fort Donelson's visitor center will be closing for a much needed accessibility and energy sustainability rehabilitation. Our temporary home will be the Stewart County Visitor Center, at 117 Visitor Center Lane, Dover, TN, 37058**

Fort Donelson by artist Andy Thomas
Fort Donelson, as it likely looked at the time of the February, 1862, battle

NPS Collection/ Andy Thomas, artist

It was the campaign battle that changed the course of the American Civil was the campaign and battle that made Ulysses S. Grant a household was the battle that made Nathan Bedford Forrest a was the campaign and battle that led to the Union capture of Nashville, the first Confederate capital to fall into Union was a campaign and battle that claimed over 500 Union dead, and over 300 Confederate dead...

It is a National Park that preserves and shares this story...a National Park that preserves many miles of Confederate earthwork fortifications...a National Park that preserves a remarkable view of the Cumberland River...a National Park that serves as the final resting place for men and women of our Armed Forces...

And it's YOUR National Park. We are proud to take care of it for you.

Last updated: June 5, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

174 National Cemetery Drive
PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058


931-232-5706 x0

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