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Fort Donelson Battlefield Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dover, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

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Cindy Ladner
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Hiking

Hiked the trail today immediately following significant rainfall. Gave us a nice cool hike under the canopy but some slick spots on the trail, especially on the downhills. Great trail.

Rachel Johnson
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Hiking

Nice hike! It’s pretty hilly, but manageable. Just follow the orange arrows. We lost the trail a few times, but were able to get back to it pretty easily. We were the only people on the trail so that was enjoyable.

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Jennifer Weisman
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Hiking

Beautiful park and nice well shaded hike.

josh owen
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Another well maintained historic Civil War trail. Nice hike and the park is a National Battlefield with lots to explore. Some parts of the trail will follow the Earthworks, some along the river, some wooded and at times through the tourist areas that will not be so private.

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Mixture of woods and history. Nice. Hike clockwise

Lindsey Trujillo
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Hiking

Beautiful riverside views! Loved walking through the area and reading all the history about Fort Donelson!

Don McCasland
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Hiking

Missing some markers at a couple of points but we figured it out. Nice elevation changes in spots.

Maya West
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Hiking

My boys and I got lost the first time we did this and ended up in a random meadow following a deer trails. Lots of hills, very beautiful scenery and there were a few ways to get off the trail if you wanted to finish the walk on the road.

Wynne Mason
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Beautiful, hardly any people & wonderful views, plus bald eagles working the river!

Brandon Bramlett
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Hiking

Way too "industrial." Trail was horribly marked, I drifted off at least 6 times. It took a park ranger to tell me where the trail even began. Also, 1/3rd of the trail was by busy roads. I'm serious. Of course, it is busy partly because of the historic sites, but for a large portion of the trail, you can hear trucks and cars going down the highway. I wouldn't recommend this trail if you like solitude and exploring nature. The best part of the trail was that some parts were challenging to traverse, but that's really about all.

Lauren Marie
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Hiking

Trail is hard to follow, not a lot of trail markers. A bit rocky and rooty, if carrying a weighted pack it can be rough on the ankles. Trail is a good trainer. Nice up hill segments. Would ruck again.

Megan Yates
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Pretty area. The battlefield is very well kept but the trail must not be used often enough. There were spiders and cobwebs across the middle of the trail almost every step you took. It was too many to be enjoyable; ended up being more spider battling than hiking and relaxing.

Bradley Pierce
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Couple of Marking missing but otherwise an amazing Hike.

Tom Collins
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Not a bad trail, pretty well kept. The only issue is they are not very well marked. There are some little side trails and cuts that you can mistake for the actual trail.

Tess Dobon
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Walking

Came here with my husband and our two dogs today. The main road is nice to walk along and you can stop at all the tour spots. We attempted to walk along the trail but every 3 feet we would end up with a huge spider&web in our faces because the trail is not walked often enough, so that got old fast and we turned around after about 1/3 of a mile. Very pretty area. Be warned, there are thousands of tiny little ticks out there, we came home and had two on our puppy, haven't found any on our Aussie yet because of her hair but they will both be getting baths even though they have flea and tick prevention. I found 7 total on myself smaller than a needle and will be rechecking my husband for them, found 3 on him earlier. I would recommend going and sticking to the main roads but be prepared to check every inch of your body later.

REGGIE GUILLORY
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Hiking

VERY NICE VIEWS!! TRAIL DOES NEED BETTER MARKINGS WHEN CROSSING FIRE BREAKS AND HISTORICAL AREAS. LOTS OF HISTORY TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE HERE.

Jason Armes
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Hiking

Nice views of river.

Doug Willen
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Hiking

Nice hike with some steep hills and a few snakes

Malia Wyatt
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Hiking

Didnt walk the whole trail - but likely about half way. It has some moderately steepness.

Elizabeth Bower
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it was a great trail well marked lots of interesting sites

Orson Bell
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Easy hike with lots of interesting history to be seen, enjoyable

Sean Bray
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Hiking

Beautiful, well kept/well marked, moderate terrain with the added benefit of having great historical significance.

V L.
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Hiking

A nice loop trail. This is part of the National Battlefield. It is worth watching the short video and talking w/ the rangers at the visitor center prior to hiking. You learn a lot and it adds to the experience of hiking in a historic area. I went after some serious rain so the creeks/rivers were high and the trails closest to the river were flooded.

Trish Westerman
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Carry Stutler
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Georgia "Mom" Harris
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Moyses Barbalat
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Briana Hannon
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Gary Hall
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Kerri Mahoney
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