Located off U.S. Hwy. 70, the park is named for Military Governor Andrew Johnson. This 600-acre park on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville. Interpretive tours are available.
Visitors can enjoy fishing from the banks of the Tennessee River. Catches may include catfish, bream, crappie and bass. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required.
Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies
A six mile hiking trail leads the visitors throughout the park area. Hikers will pass by the historical portions of Johnsonville and the Union encampment including well-preserved redoubts, rifle pits, cemeteries, railroad turn-around, and home locations.
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Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for Military Governor Andrew Johnson. This 600-acre park on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville.
On November 4, 1864, at Johnsonville, Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry took up artillery positions on the west bank of the Tennessee River. Calvary forces under Forrest sank four Federal gunboats downstream and destroyed a Union Army supply depot on the east bank at Johnsonville.
Four of the original breastworks (rifle pits) are beautifully preserved. Two large forts in the park are open to visitors. Interpretive tours are available.
The park has two small picnic shelters that can accommodate up to 25 people. Each shelter is equipped with a grill. Picnic shelters are available on a first come, first-serve basis.
In addition, there are twenty-five individual picnic areas, each equipped with a grill.
A variety of planned programs and activities including guided tours, slide shows and wildlife presentations are available. The Wildlife Presentation, History of Tennessee and Battle of Johnsonville programs are offered year-round and travel to schools. Tours of the park and museum are done by reservation.
Some of the activities include playgrounds, volleyball, badminton, basketball and horseshoes. You will need to bring your own recreational equipment.
Tour buses are welcome.