National Parks in Tennessee

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Location: Greeneville, TN

Andrew Johnson's complex presidency (1865-69) illustrates the Constitution at work following the Civil War. As the President and Congress disagreed on Reconstruction methods, the Constitution served as their guide on balance of powers, vetoes, and impeachment. In the end, it evolved as a living document with pivotal amendments on freedom, citizenship, and voting rights - topics still vital today.

Fees: All areas of the site are free, but tickets are required for the Presidential Homestead tour. These tickets are available at the Visitor Center.

Hours Info: The Andrew Johnson NHS has transitioned to winter hours. The site is currently open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. The site is closed Sunday and Monday. The historic Andrew Johnson Homestead offers free daily self-guided tours of the historic Andrew Johnson Homestead from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For visitor safety, the number of people inside the house will be limited to 10 participants.

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Location: Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.

Fees: The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (NST) does not charge an entrance fee for use of the trail on Appalachian NST land.

Hours Info: In general, the Appalachian Trail is open year-round. The northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine is within Baxter State Park, which may be closed in winter months, depending on weather conditions. Particular sections of the Trail, and less-developed roads accessing the Trail, may be closed temporarily for a number of reasons, but otherwise the trail is open.

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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Location: Oneida, KY,TN

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

Fees: There are no entrance fees for Big South Fork NRRA.

Hours Info: The park is always open.

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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

Location: Fort Oglethorpe, GA,TN

In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga that November provided Union troops victory and control of the city. After the fighting, a Confederate soldier ominously wrote, " the death-knell of the Confederacy."

Fees: An entry fee is charged per person, ages 16 and older, ages 15 and under enter the park for free. The entrance ticket covers the number of individuals entering Point Park and is valid for 7 days from the time of purchase. Entrance tickets must be purchased at the fee station at the Point Park gate. **Annual Passes, Volunteer Passes, Senior Passes, and Access Passes are accepted at Point Park (these passes cannot be scanned in the fee machines)**

Hours Info: All units of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park are open during daylight hours, with the following exceptions: Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center are currently open 8:30 am to 5 pm, daily. Visitor centers are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Point Park main entrance opens at 8:30 am, daily. Cravens House is open seasonally. US Hwy 27 Picnic Area, Wilder Brigade Monument, & Signal Mountain restrooms are closed Dec.1 - March 15.

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Location: Middlesboro, KY,TN,VA

At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Fees: There are no entrance fees at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Hours Info: The park is open 24 hours a day to pedestrian and cyclists. Some services and facilities have separate hours, however; please see descriptions of those areas elsewhere.

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Location: Dover, KY,TN

Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

Fees: Fort Donelson does not charge for entrance or interpretive fees.

Hours Info: Fort Donelson NB Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST. Dover Hotel hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST daily. The park is closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. Hours change seasonally. The park tour route is open: Mid-March to Memorial Day: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm CST Memorial Day to Labor Day: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm CST Labor Day to Mid-October (Fall time change): 8:00 am to 6:00 pm CST Mid-October (Fall time change) to Mid-March (Spring time change): 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Location: the states of NC,TN

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. Plan your visit today!

Fees: Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not charge an entrance fee.

Hours Info: Primary roads are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round, weather permitting. This includes Newfound Gap Road (US-441), Little River Road, and Laurel Creek Road. Secondary roads are closed seasonally.

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Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Location: Manhattan Project National Historical Park, NM,WA,TN

The Manhattan Project is one of the most transformative events of the 20th century. It ushered in the nuclear age with the development of the world’s first atomic bombs. The building of atomic weapons began in 1942 in three secret communities across the nation. As World War II waned in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan — forever changing the world.

Fees: There is no fee to enter the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Hours Info: Oak Ridge Reservation bus tour is included in the price of admission to the American Museum of Science & Energy & includes: a guided tour of the X-10 Graphite Reactor, the East Tennessee Technology Park (former home to the K-25 gaseous diffusion building), and the Y-12 New Hope Center. The tour runs March to November. Dates & times vary from week to week. Contact the American Museum of Science & Energy for the latest information. Please note: Participants must be United States citizens.

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Location: the states of AL,MS,TN

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.

Fees: There is no fee to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway. Visitors can enter the Parkway, free of charge, from dozens of county, state, and U.S. roads in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Please refer to the Parkway Map for places to access the Parkway. Enjoy your visit!

Hours Info: The Natchez Trace Parkway motor road is open all year, day and night. Operating hours for information centers and some locations do vary. Severe weather resulting in washouts and downed trees can cause temporary road closures. Questions about road condition should be directed to the Parkway's visitor center by calling 1-800-305-7417.

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Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Location: Tupelo, AL,MS,TN

The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail consists of five sections of hiking trail running roughly parallel to the 444-mile long Natchez Trace Parkway scenic motor road. The foot trails total more than 60 miles, and offer opportunities to explore wetlands, swamps, hardwood forest, rock outcroppings, overlooks, and the history of the area.

Fees: There is no fee to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway or use the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail. Visitors can enter the Parkway, free of charge, from dozens of county, state, and U.S. roads in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Please refer to the Parkway Map for places to access the Parkway. Enjoy your visit!

Hours Info: The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is open every day during daylight hours. Severe weather resulting in washouts and downed trees can cause temporary trail closures. The trail is located entirely within the property boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway and questions about the trail and its condition should be directed to the Parkway's visitor center by calling 1-800-305-7417.

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Obed Wild & Scenic River

Location: Wartburg, TN

The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Fees: There is no entrance fee for the park.

Hours Info: The park is open every day.

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Location: NC,SC,TN,VA

Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.

Fees: Free

Hours Info: The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail can be visited in any season. It includes sections of walkable pathway, a Commemorative Motor Route, affiliated historic sites and museums, and wayside exhibits. Along the way it passes through four NPS areas, two National Forests, an Army Corps of Engineers Dam &Reservoir, plus several state and county parks.

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Shiloh National Military Park

Location: Shiloh, TN,MS

Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation.

Fees: Entrance to the park, visitor centers, and view park films

Hours Info: The park grounds remain open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Shiloh Battlefield visitor center is open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. The park film, "Shiloh: Fiery Trial" shows on the hour beginning at 8:00 am with the last showing at 4:00 pm. The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. The Shiloh Battlefield bookstore is open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily.

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Stones River National Battlefield

Location: Murfreesboro, TN

The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here.

Fees: No Entrance Fee

Hours Info: From March 1st through October 31st,the park tour road is open to vehicles from 8 AM to 5 PM daily. Gates to the parking areas at Stones River National Cemetery, McFadden Farm (Tour Stop 6) and Redoubt Brannan are also open from 8 AM to 5 PM. WINTER HOURS - From November 1st through the end of February, the gates listed above close at 4:30 PM. Visitor Center parking open from 7 AM to 30-45 minutes before sunset daily. Pedestrians and bicyclists may use park roads and trails from sunrise to sunset.

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Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail


Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. They traveled by foot, horse, wagon, or steamboat in 1838-1839.

Fees: There are NO USER OR ENTRY FEES fees for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. NOMINAL FEES may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Plan Your Visit / Places To Go for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Hours Info: OPERATING HOURS VARY FROM SITE TO SITE. There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along the Trail of Tears in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma for you to visit. Please contact individual sites for more information by going to Plan Your Visit and selecting Places To Go or Passport Program, where sites are listed by state, and there is an interactive map to search for sites.

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National Parks in Tennessee