Description - This 1,250 acre state park, located in Lauderdale County on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. In 1861, the Confederate Army built extensive fortifications here and named the site for General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. Because of its strategic location, the fort was taken by the Union Army who controlled it during most of the war. Remains of the earthworks are well-preserved.
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Civil War battle re-enactment at Fort Pillow State Historic Site
- Fort Pillow State Historic Park has been designated as a Wildlife Observation Area by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Interpretive signs identify certain species and their habitat. The park provides sanctuary for deer, turkey, and is frequented by bird watchers.
The Anderson-Tully Wildlife Management Area borders the park on the north and is only a 10-minute drive from the family camping area. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency manages this popular hunting and fishing area. No hunting is allowed on park property.
Other nearby points of interest are the Mississippi River, Alex Haley Home, Elvis Presley Home (Memphis) and the Lower Hatchie Wildlife Refuge.
Recreation - Wildlife viewing, camping, hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available at this Park. Other activities include playing volleyball, tennis, horseshoes and softball.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
From Nashville, travel west on I-40 to Exit 66 onto US 70. In Brownsville, turn right on State Highway 19. Follow Highway 19 into Ripley to State Highway 51. Turn South on Hwy. 51 to Henning, turn west onto Highway 87. Then turn right on State Highway 207 (Park Road).