Things To Do

Check out the different places to go and things to see related to the Battle of Mill Springs located between the towns of Nancy and Mill Springs, Kentucky. Set aside a full day of exploring to see all the sites. Check the Directions and Maps pages to help plan your activities.

Leather US Calvary artifacts in a museum case

Mill Springs Battlefield Association

Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum

Park partner, the Mill Springs Battlefield Association, operates a visitor center and museum in Nancy, KY. The Association shows a free 20-minute film about the Battle of Mill Springs. There are restrooms, a research library, and a bookstore. The Association museum features the Combat on the Cumberland exhibit with Civil War artifacts and replicas (fees apply).

Mill Springs National Cemetery lies next door to the visitor center.

Battle Tour sign for stop 4 next to fence with road behind
Look for Battle Tour signs along the route


Driving Tour

Much of the battlefield can be seen from public roadways. The Mill Springs Battlefield Association developed a 10-stop Driving Tour, designed to start at the visitor center. All stops on the tour are marked with large signs. There are also informative signs to help you understand a site's significance. Parking is limited at certain stops. Note that the Cumberland River flows through the area, meaning drivers will have to retrace their steps.

Person walks under trees along fence and rows of white headstones in field
Following the battle, Confederate dead were placed in a hasty mass grave. Headstones now commemorate the casualties.

Mill Springs Battlefield Association

Zollicoffer Park

Pulaski County donated this park to the National Park Service, making up part of the new national monument. It is situated amid rolling fields and forest land that make up the core battlefield area. Zollicoffer Park is named for the Confederate general that died there. The 1/2 mile (0.8 km) Ravine Trail takes hikers down into a ravine, crossing historic battlelines. Signs along the way explain key battle events. Good shoes are recommended.

Two-story antebellum home at dusk with lighted, glowing windows

Mill Springs Battlefield Association

Brown-Lanier House

Built before the Civil War, the Brown-Lanier House was traditionally home to families that operated the nearby grist mill. The historic farmhouse became headquarters for generals on both sides of the fighting, before and after the Battle of Mill Springs. Today the Mill Springs Battlefield Association offers a seasonal information center, bookstore, and guided tours on site.

Bright fall foliage surrounds historic building with mill wheel
Mill Springs Park on Lake Cumberland

Army Corps of Engineers

Mill Springs Mill

Sitting on the shores of Lake Cumberland and fed by springs, the historic grist mill was restored complete with working water wheel. The Army Corps of Engineers operates the mill, which is open for tours seasonally, on weekends and holidays. You can check out their Mill Video Tour any time of year.

Last updated: May 1, 2020

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Superintendent, MISP
National Park Service
9020 West Highway 80

Nancy, KY 42544



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