Fort Pillow State Historic Park - Henning, TN - Tennessee State Parks

Welcome to Fort Pillow State Historic Park
Located on the western edge of Tennessee, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis, Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in historic and archaeological significance. Steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River made this area a strategic location during the Civil War. The fort was originally built by Confederate troops in 1861 and named after General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. It was abandoned in 1862 due to the Union Navy’s advancement along the Mississippi River. The area became a state park in 1971. The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow is known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. The park’s museum offers Civil War artifacts including a canon and interpretive displays relating to the history of Fort Pillow. There is a 12 minute video on the 1864 Battle shown by request as well as tours of the museum and restored fortifications. The museum is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fort Pillow State Historic Park was designated as a Wildlife Observation Area by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and is frequented by bird watchers. The family campground features 32 sites, six of which will accommodate RVs. There is a moderately difficult five mile hiking trail to backcountry camping. Fort Pillow State Park also has a picnic area overlooking Fort Pillow Lake providing visitors with tables, grills. There is one centrally located picnic pavilion that may be reserved and is ideal for family reunions. Restrooms and a playground are nearby.

 

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CAMPING
The campground has 32 campsites, six of which will accommodate RV and camper trailers with 50 amp electrical service and water. There are also 17 sites with 20 amp electrical service with water stations in close proximity to each site.
Primitive campers have their choice of nine different sites without electricity, but they will all have water in close proximity to each site. Each campsite has a grill/campfire pad, a picnic table, lantern holder, and pea gravel for tent set-up. The area consists of a roomy forest setting, and two full-service bathhouses that are handicap accessible. There is a dump station for grey water and a dumpster for garbage conveniently located at the entrance to the campground.
Firewood is available from dead fallen limbs and trees. From the Butterfly Garden parking lot to the campground is 1/2 mile. Campers can register online or through the park office.
Back Country camping is allowed only at the designated site located on the Blue Chickasaw Bluff Trail. A permit is required for the site. You can obtain this permit from the Park Office/Museum. The trail to backcountry camping is hilly and moderately difficult. Total trail is four miles long.

PAVILIONS
Rates: $25
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Fort Pillow State Park has two picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 125 to 200 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables, a grill and access to restrooms.

FISHING
Sullivan’s Pond (27 acre) is located within the park and is stocked with bass, bream and crappie. Fish length and creel limits are posted. Fishing is good from the bank. Trailered boats can be launched into Sullivan's Pond at the park’s public boat launch ramp.

HIKING
Red Trail — 9.0 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate
Yellow Trail — 5.0 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate
Blue/Chickasaw Bluff Trail — 4.0 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate

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Address
3122 Park Road
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Latitude
35.64
Longitude
-89.84
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