Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor Center
Fort Donelson Visitor Center

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The Fort Donelson visitor center is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. Additional closures will be noted in the "alerts" on the top of the webpage when warranted. The park is on Central Time.












Special Note: Starting Monday, December 7, 2015, the Fort Donelson visitor center will be closing for a special accessibility and energy sustainability rehabilitation. From December 7, 2015, until the time of the project's completion, visitor services will be offered at the Stewart County Visitor Center, 117 Visitor Center Lane, Dover, Tennessee. The Stewart County Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. We appreciate the Stewart County government for graciously allowing us to use this visitor center.

Park hours
Mid-March (Spring time change) to Memorial Day: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Labor Day to Mid-October (Fall time change): 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Mid-October (Fall time change) to Mid-March (Spring time change): 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


All vehicles must be off the Tour Road by the time the gates lock. The Tour Road will be open for walking, running, or bicycling from daylight til dusk.

The National Cemetery drive is open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm year round.

 
Dover Hotel, located on the bank Cumberland River.
Dover Hotel (Surrender House)

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The exhibit room at the Dover Hotel, known locally as the "Surrender House" will be open daily from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. The top floor and the basement of the building are not restored and are not open to the public. (Inclement weather and short staffing may cause the opening of the Hotel to be delayed.)

In January, 2011, new exhibits were installed in the Dover Hotel, exploring the events and personalities involved with the Battle of Fort Donelson. A film in the exhibit room explores the discussions held between Confederate Generals Floyd, Pillow and Buckner, as well as Nathan Bedford Forrest, that led to the surrender on February 16, 1862.

 
New exhibits at the Dover Hotel
New exhibits at the Dover Hotel

New exhibits at the Dover Hotel use powerful first person accounts when describing the lead up to the Battle of Fort Donelson, the battle itself, and how the community dealt with the aftermath.

 
Entrance sign at the National Cemetery
National Cemetery

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Fort Donelson National Cemetery is open 7:00 am until 8:00 pm daily. The road gate will remain open during these hours.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

174 National Cemetery Drive
PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058

Phone:

931-232-5706 x0

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