Description - 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. Cavalry forces under Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest sank four Federal gunboats downstream and destroyed a Union Army supply depot at Johnsonville.
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Civil War re-enactment
- The museum located here relates the history of the area. Exhibits in the museum depict the Civil War era and the Battle of Johnsonville. The Museum can be visited April 1st - November 1st and is opened upon request. There is no entrance fee.
Four of the original breastworks are beautifully preserved. Interpretive tours are available.
Other points of interest are the Loretta Lynn Ranch and the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge.
Recreation - Activities include camping, fishing, hiking, playgrounds, volleyball, badminton, basketball, horseshoes and ping-pong. Activity equipment can be checked out from the park office free of charge.
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 Jackson, take I-40 east to Exit 143. Take Highway 13 North for 13 miles. Take Highway 70 West to New Johnsonville, follow the signs to the park.