Johnsonville Redoubts Trail at Johnsonville State Historic Park

New Johnsonville, Tennessee

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This 1.9-mile loop trail is an ideal place to get a feeling for the Union resistance to confederate insurgents during the Civil War. Johnsonville was the scene of a fairly embarrassing defeat for the Union Army, which is detailed across the river at the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Here is where a superior Union army, guarding a supply depot along the Kentucky River, ended up being trounced by a small, poorly equipped Confederate force commanded by the brilliant general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Capitalizing on some design errors in the redoubts you will be passing, Forrest’s men were able to take by surprise and completely overwhelm the Union forces at two redoubts, one at the top of the mountain and one near the bottom.

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"This 1.9-mile loop trail is an ideal place to get a feeling for the Union resistance to confederate insurgents during the Civil War. Johnsonville was the scene of a fairly embarrassing defeat for the Union Army, which is detailed across the river at the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.

Here is where a superior Union army, guarding a supply depot along the Kentucky River, ended up being trounced by a small, poorly equipped Confederate force commanded by the brilliant general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Capitalizing on some design errors in the redoubts you will be passing, Forrest’s men were able to take by surprise and completely overwhelm the Union forces at two redoubts, one at the top of the mountain and one near the bottom."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Johnsonville
Distance: 1.9
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in winter, to avoid ticks
Trailhead Elevation: 420 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Johnsonville State Historic Area, 931-535-2789
Local Maps: USGS quad 30SW, Johnsonville

Johnsonville Redoubts Trail at Johnsonville State Historic Park Reviews

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This park is another one that is off the beaten path. The park itself was very quiet and well kept. There is what appeared to be a public campground (not park affiliated) just before the park's entrance. RV's and boats abounded, but very little of this produced traffic in the park. We hiked the outer loop (2 in the park) and found the trails to be plainly marked with "Trail", but no confirmations as to which trails were which at the intersections. A few steep sections added interest and lack of traffic was obvious from the sheer number of trail-spanning spider webs we encountered. It is a beautiful hardwood forest, and the trail was fairly clean, probably due to runoff. We apparently marched through the middle of a tick nest somewhere which added some consternation to our trip, but most would probably not have the same experience. Great place for a day hike & picnic or something else to do if you are camping next door.
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