Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument is comprised of discontinuous segments in rural Kentucky in both Pulaski and Wayne Counties. Located roughly 1.5 hours / 80 miles south of Lexington, KY and 2 hours / 100 miles north of Knoxville, TN.
Take a look at the park Maps to see the different sections. A personal vehicle is the easiest way to reach and connect the sites. Mill Springs Battlefield Association offers a self-guided Driving Tour.
Core Battlefield Area
Most visits begin at the Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center in Nancy, Kentucky. Less than two miles away is the core battlefield which includes the one-acre Zollicoffer Park, commemorating the loss of Confederate General Zollicoffer and the site of some of the fiercest fighting. Wayside exhibits, picnic tables, and trails await.
Visitor Center and Museum
9020 W. Hwy 80, Nancy, Kentucky
Off Hwy 235
Beech Grove Fortified Encampment
Another significant battlefield feature is the Beech Grove Fortified Confederate Encampment. Nine miles distant and located on a peninsula created by a bend in the Cumberland River and White Oak Creek (now Lake Cumberland), the encampment area can be found from Mill Springs Road (State Route 235). During the winter of 1861–1862, Confederate forces occupied this narrow stretch of land, building winter cabins and defensive earthworks to fortify their position.
Mill Springs Crossing Fortified Ferry Landing and Mill Site
The Mill Springs Crossing Fortified Ferry Landing and Mill Site is located on the southern shore of Lake Cumberland in Wayne County and includes Mill Springs Park, a day-use recreational site operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Thirteen continuous springs have powered grist mill operations at this location since the early 1800s. Occupied by Confederate forces from November 1861 until January 1862, this site was fortified and used to transport both supplies and soldiers across the Cumberland River. Next door is the Brown-Lanier House, which served as a Confederate headquarters. Yet another nearby resource is the West-Metcalfe House, used as a Civil War supply depot and, following the Battle of Mill Springs, operated as a Confederate field hospital.
KY Hwy 1275, just north of Mill Springs, Kentucky
Last updated: May 8, 2020