Basic Information

In following guidance from the CDC, state and local public health agencies, and NPS Public Health Service officers, park roads and grounds are open; the Visitor Center and Dover Hotel are open to the public.  

Fort Donelson Visitor Center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, with a limited capacity of 6 visitors at a time. Please maintain social distancing, wear a mask if you choose, and hand sanitizing stations will be available.

The exhibit room of the Dover Hotel/"Surrender House" has reopened to the public daily, 10 am - 4 pm. Access is limited to 5 visitors at a time.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Passes:

120 Fort Donelson Park Road, Dover, TN 37058.
 
Fort Donelson by artist Andy Thomas
Fort Donelson, as it likely looked at the time of the February, 1862, battle

NPS Collection/ Andy Thomas, artist

It was the campaign battle that changed the course of the American Civil War...it was the campaign and battle that made Ulysses S. Grant a household name...it was the battle that made Nathan Bedford Forrest a legend...it was the campaign and battle that led to the Union capture of Nashville, the first Confederate capital to fall into Union hands...it was a campaign and battle that claimed over 500 Union dead, and over 300 Confederate dead...

It is a National Park that preserves and shares this story...a National Park that preserves many miles of Confederate earthwork fortifications...a National Park that preserves a remarkable view of the Cumberland River...a National Park that serves as the final resting place for men and women of our Armed Forces...

And it's YOUR National Park. We are proud to take care of it for you.

Last updated: November 20, 2020

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Mailing Address:

174 National Cemetery Drive
PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058

Phone:

931-232-5706 x0

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