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Nathan Bedford Forrest SP

1825 Pilot Knob Road
Eva, TN 38333
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2 Reviews
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This is regarding Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. I booked a campsite with my two kids, and by 2:00 a.m. the air pollution from the local factories was so bad that we had to break down our campsite and evacuate in the middle of the night. The noise pollution was enough to make us wish we had never come there, but the toxic air was enough to make us certain to never return. We experienced burning eyes, burning noses and throats, runny nose, and coughing from just a few hours at this state park. What about the residents of this area?

Received from Jay for visit in Sep 2013

Site Number:54
Stay Again? NO
This was our maiden voyage, both as newlyweds, and as campers. At least for Holly. I grew up camping in tents and popups. We stayed two nights in the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, at the Happy Hollow Campground. It has W/E hookups, and I think an occasional (few) sewer hookups. Since it has been a year, I am not sure about prices, but I think they were around $17.00 per night. There are several level sites, some next to some nice sounding brooks/creeks. There are areas to have fires, but no grills that I recall. There is a decent playground with swings and slides. The bathrooms are not THE best, but are pretty good for a state park (after Little River Village, our standards are very high). We like clean bathrooms, and these are pretty tolerable. There are 40 or so sites at this campground, and maybe 10 more for dry camping right on the Tennessee River. I grew up camping on the river, and the sites weren't level then, but they are much improved now. There is NO camp store, for several miles, and wood may not be available, so carrying your own is advisable. You might find some downed wood, but it might not be fit for burning. The sites are well-spaced out, so that you aren't on top of a neighbor, but close enough for a group, especially "across the road" sites. They are nicely angled too, for easy backing-in. There are lots of trees too, so it is well-shaded. There is a group lodge for retreats that is pretty nice (at least 15 years ago it was). There are several pavilions throughout the park as well for reunions, etc. Nearby attractions: The mighty Tennessee River, Pilot's Knob (a historic attraction, where you can see miles of the river atop a hill next to the river), fishing, some hiking trails. There is a pretty neat museum of River Life at the Knob as well. The Knob is part of the park. Summary: It is a nice park to stay in, although somewhat out of the way. It has some beautiful views from the river, and the Tennessee River is actually a pretty sight. There isn't a ton to do there, but it is a great quiet place to go, especially if you are a Civil War buff, as it is the site of Nathan Bedford Forrest's raid on the Union army and gunships. We like going, partially because it is close to family, but it is cheap, and has good memories for both of us.


Received from Larry C for visit in 2004

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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