Fort Pillow State Historic Park Campground

MODERATE 16 reviews

Fort Pillow State Historic Park Campground is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Henning, Tennessee that features a lake 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.

8.1 miles
692 feet

dog friendly





nature trips

paddle sports

scenic driving

trail running





3 months ago

The rangers in particular Tyson were super nice! I had the entire Boy scout camping area to!! All if the facilities and grounds are meticulously maintained and clean. I really enjoyed the trails and the plentiful placards explaining what took place there in 1864. I hiked past an old cemetery just off the trail that was very old. you have to wonder how people lived in this rugged back country. I thought that the trails were well maintained and marked. I also enjoyed the hike up to the Fort and learning thst the Fort was at one time right on the Mississippi River. since 1864 the river has changed course and isn't visible from the girt now. there us an overlook that allows you to see Arkansas and the Mississippi River in the distance. take time to go through the museum while you're there. It's worth the 30 minutes to an hour. I highly recommend this park. you will not be dissapointed.

3 months ago

Loved the history of it all, but the trail was just ok. Mostly under trees and wide. Bugs and mosquitos, as expected, for this tome of the year. Enjoyable day trip from Memphis.

4 months ago

Well maintained, beautiful area. not crowded. Campsite is well kept and ours was right off the trail.

7 months ago

Lots of fun. Some decent hills and some nice views. It is very well marked and the staff is very helpful and friendly.

11 months ago

I haven't hiked since I was a scout. We decided to pick it back up as a family this year. Concerned with my lack of conditioning, I set for 3 trails this year. Fort Pillow was the first. I can say, without a doubt, that I made the right choice here. The park is clean, and the staff friendly. I had no worries leaving my car for the extended time gone. We loaded up our large packs for a practice run today. I took the yellow trail, which blends with this trail. It's about 2 miles shorter. Very well marked, with some challenges on the hills, but not enough to discourage me. The history is great to read along the way. Newly constructed campground bath/showers make for great car camping as well. I'm planning to go back for a different route to the back country camping very soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

hiked into the primitive sight on the one bluff trail. need a permit from the museum, so call ahead. the weather was back and forth from light to medium raining. the pine bluff trail is mostly mud with decently steep slopes of no more than 20 yards. the mud was rooty enough that it held up in the rain with only occasional slips. but I'm not sure if I would pack it on heavy rain days or when the rain has sustained over days. the main trail is pretty well maintained however.
if you're talking the trail from the museum and you're wanting to do the actual trails and not the fort then you can connect where the trail first hits the road about a 1/4-1/2 mile in.

I enjoyed the stay, beware the mosquitos, and enjoy.

also, and most importantly. fill up on water before heading out. I brought extra water bottles just for that purpose.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Excellent backcountry campsite on the blue trail. Had to wait a couple weeks to get a permit for the weekend. Only a mile or so to get to the campsite but it's a hilly mile. Benches on each side of the fire pit and outhouse provided at the site. Another couple of miles past the site and the trail abruptly ends. No good overlooks but permit-only trail leaves you nice and secluded.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Absolutely loved the hike. First of November & weather was perfect. Trail was well-marked & well-maintained. Easy to follow trail maps with historical Civil War markers & topo. Saw the TN Trails group on the trail and one other group the whole day. Would recommend packing a lunch that would be most enjoyable at the MS River Overlook on Red Trail or up at the clearing at the actual fort. Would love to go back soon & get a permit for the backcountry site on the blue trail.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This is a state trail located about 1 hr. north of Memphis in Lauderdale county. During the time my son & I hiked the trail, a portion of it was closed due to heavy snows in the Winter that had washed some of the trail away. Other parts of the trail were not maintained & blazes weren't there either. Wouldn't recommend it. The only good viewing is @ the trailhead when you can see the Mississippi river. (On a clear day)

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