Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park - Eva, TN - Tennessee State Parks

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1825 Pilot Knob Rd
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36.08
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-87.99
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Welcome to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park began as a local park constructed by the Works Progress Administration, a Depression Era work recovery program. Now, as a Tennessee State Park, it is home to the Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum situated on one of the highest points in West Tennessee, Pilot Knob. The center features the life ways and customs of folks on the Tennessee River including musseling, crafts, commercial fishing and more. Several videos on park history, Civil War history and river life are shown upon request. The gift shop offers a large variety of items related to the park story as well as Tennessee State Park souvenirs. The park contains more than 25 miles of hiking trails. Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park was named after a Confederate cavalry leader, General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Although a controversial figure, Forrest is remembered by some as a noted military tactician of the Civil War. On November 4, 1864, he attacked and destroyed the Johnsonville Federal supply and munitions depot across the river at the mouth of Trace Creek. His operations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of the park and the town of Eva. The area was designated a state park in 1963. The park is located on Kentucky Lake where fishing is very prominent. Commercial marinas and public boat docks are located nearby and three boating accesses are available in the park at no cost. Fishermen may catch smallmouth, largemouth and striped bass, sauger, crappie, bream and catfish. Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park features eight cabins overlooking the Kentucky Lake. Six cabins offer two bedrooms with two full-size beds in each room and full baths. One cabin is accessible to persons with a disability and is equipped with three beds and two accessible bathrooms. There is also one rustic log cabin located on a secluded ridge overlooking Kentucky Lake. The historic log cabin includes a full-sized bed, pullout couch, a wood burning fireplace, a full bathroom, full kitchen and a covered back porch complete with a glider and rocking chairs to overlook Kentucky Lake. The park also offers three campgrounds, two of those being primitive. The Happy Hollow camping area has 37 sites, each equipped with tables, grills, water and electrical hookups. The second campground is primitive camping with 13 available sites. Water is available, but not at each site. The third campground is reserved for supervised youth groups such as scouts. It is located on Kentucky Lake near the park office.

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CAMPING
Rates: $13.75 — $20
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
The park has three campgrounds, two of those being primitive. Happy Hollow camping area has 37 sites, each equipped with tables, grills, water and electrical hookups. This area is served by a playground and a central bathouse with hot showers. A dump station for self-contained trailer rigs is available.
The second campground is primitive camping with 13 available sites. Water is available, but not at each site; and there is a central restroom.
The third campground is available for supervised youth groups such as scouts, etc. This campground is available upon request and is located on Kentucky Lake near the park office. The area is served by porta-johns and water is located nearby. There is no charge for use of the area, but adult supervision is required

RUSTIC CABINS
Rates: $85 — $115
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per cabin is non-refundable. $10 cancellation fee per cabin applies.
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park has one Rustic Log Cabin available. It is located on a secluded ridge overlooking Kentucky Lake. The Rustic Log Cabin is a renovated 1930’s log cabin that features a full-sized bed, pullout couch, a wood burning fireplace, a full bathroom, full kitchen and a covered back porch complete with a glider and rocking chairs with a view of Kentucky Lake. Make your reservations early as this is the park’s most popular cabin.

PAVILIONS
Rates: $20
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park has a total of 5 picnic shelters/pavilions that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. Depending on the shelter, the maximum capacity ranges from 20 to 60 people. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables, a grill and some have access to restrooms. Depending upon the shelter, access to a playground, a sand volleyball court, a ball field or a swimming area are nearby.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3.00 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled 8 days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled 7 days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

GROUP FACILITIES
Nathan Bedford Forrest - Group Lodge
This modern group lodge has a maximum capacity of 64 persons. This facility features a large commercial kitchen, a dining/meeting hall and two bunk units, each with toilet and shower facilities. It is completely equipped for food preparation and serving, but no linens are provided. The kitchen is equipped with 2 commercial ovens, stove with 10 burners, a large commercial refrigerator and an 18 cu. ft. freezer.
Reservations for this facility should be made well in advance by calling the park office.

SWIMMING
Swimming is available in Kentucky Lake at the Eva Beach site. This unsupervised, sandy beach area is open to the public at no charge.

BIRDING
Views of the expansive open waters are available from the boat ramps and at open spots on trails along the shoreline. Numerous migrating and wintering waterfowl along with herons, eagles, egrets and several gull species can be seen from here. The trail system winds from hardwood bottoms uphill through oak-hickory forest, and trails on the Pilot Knob Ridge and the observation deck at the TN River Folklife Center enable views of the canopy for abundant resident and migrant songbirds. Hawks and owls seen throughout the park.

FISHING
Fishing is productive from the bank, but the best way to experience this large river is by boat. The creek mouths and embayments are popular for spring crappie fishing from late March through May. Bluegill and Redear Sunfish are also commonly harvested from the lake. Bass fishing is best in the spring and fall. Catfish are commonly caught in the summer and fall.

HIKING
Polk Creek Wildflower Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Beech Grove Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Pafford-Wilson Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 3-Mile Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
NBF 5-Mile Trail — 5.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 10-Mile Trail — 9.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 20-Mile Trail — 20.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate-Difficult
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