Buffalo River Resort
This is the newest Buffalo River recreation destination, featuring hiking, tubing, kayaking, canoeing horseback riding and other fun right on the river. Camping, RV hookups and cabins are available.
3520 N Hwy 13 Lobelville, TN 37097
From pt. 1, return to TN-13. Turn L, go 5.2 miles to pt. 2.
Heath’s Canoe Rentals
Be introduced to the Buffalo River with a great canoeing adventure at this outfitter with easy access points.
1076 N Hwy 13 Lobelville, TN 37097
Continue S for 2.4 miles on TN-13 to pt. 3.
More About: The Buffalo River
The Buffalo River is not named for the bison that once inhabited the area, but for the buffalo fish (Ictiobus species) commonly found in the river.
Mousetail Landing State Park
One of Tennessee's newest state parks, it features two campgrounds, boat access, picnic areas and hiking trails. This is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon or a few days relaxing on the beautiful Tennessee River.
3 Campground Rd. Linden, TN 37096
From Linden, you can connect to Parsons (pt. 52) by going W on Main St./US-412. Enjoy pt. 11 along the way. Go W on Main St./ US-412/TN-20 for approx. 11 miles. Turn R on TN-438 to pt. 11. After visiting state park, retrace route to US-412, turn R t
More About: Mousetail Landing
Mousetail Landing got its name because of a fire at a local tannery during the Civil War. Many mice fled the burning building, so it became known as Mousetail Landing.
This village is a popular canoe trailhead and access point to the Buffalo River. It's one of the older settlements in Perry County, with a rustic store and school in the center.
11711 Hwy 13S Linden, TN 37096
To continue on main trail from downtown Linden: Go E on US-412 to TN-13 int. Turn R to go S on TN-13. Go 10.6 miles to pt. 14. Continue S on TN-13 for 1 mile to pt. 15.
For a Buffalo River adventure, try this outfitter located at the old gas station on the left as you enter town. Take a trip from a few miles to a few days.
11711 Hwy 13S Linden, TN 37096
Buffalo Bud’s Canoe, Kayak & Campground
Located directly on the Buffalo River, this site offers authentic river cabins for fishing getaways, plus a campground and canoe rentals.
580 Slink Shoals Rd. Flatwoods, TN 37096
Turn R on Horseshoe Bend Rd., go 0.5 mile. Turn R on Slink Shoals Rd., go 0.25 mile to pt. 16.
Crazy Horse Recreational Park
For some adventure or fun in the sun, this outdoor wonderland on the Buffalo River features paddling trips and camping sites. Open daily, April-Oct.
2505 Waynesboro Hwy Waynesboro, TN 38485
Retrace route back to TN-13. Continue S on Waynesboro Hwy/TN-13 for 5.5 miles; cross the Buffalo River to pt. 17.
One of the best-preserved riverfront towns in the state, this is where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest twice crossed the Tennessee River during his West Tennessee Raid in the Civil War. Take a rest at the overlook and enjoy this magnificent view.
Main St. Clifton, TN 38425
Exit Waynesboro Sq. at SW side onto US-64 toward Savannah; go 0.1 mile, turn R onto Clifton Trnpk. Go 1.2 miles, cross US-64 at stop sign, continue 12.3 miles. Turn R onto TN-114; go 1.5 miles. Turn R onto Cliftons Main St., go 1 mile to pt. 26 downtown
More About: The Clifton Turnpike
The Clifton Turnpike, historically known as the Columbia Central Turnpike, was built in 1840 by large plantation owners in Maury County, 70 miles to the northwest as a way to get their cotton to the Tennessee River. The turnpike passes through the 22,000-acre Eagle Creek Wildlife Management Area, one of the largest expanses of public hunting land in the state.
Walker Branch State Natural Area (SNA)
This 225-acre SNA is a significant breeding ground for dragonflies and damselflies, with over 39 different species identified here. Steep hills create creeks, marshes and swamp forests; this is a perfect example of an undisturbed bald cypress forest. Other rare and endangered plant species can also be seen here.
1st Pittsburg Landing Savannah, TN 38372
Return to TN-128, turn R. Go 2.4 miles, turn R on Diamond Is. Rd. Stay L as road splits at McGinley Loop. At bottom of hill, turn L again on 1st Pittsburg Rd. Go approx. 0.5 mile to pt. 42 entrance. Park on E side of road.
Pickwick Landing Dam
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) constructed this massive dam in the mid-1930s for flood control, the generation of electricity, and reliable navigation on the Tennessee River. Just below the dam on the north side, an access road leads to an exhibit featuring one of the dam's original turbine blades and a 95-site, full-featured campground operated by TVA.
Hwy 128 Pickwick Dam, TN 38365
Retrace route to TN-128, continue S on TN-128 for 6.6 miles to pt. 43. Turn R on access road to camping.
Pickwick Landing State Park
The 1,400-acre park offers excellent outdoor opportunities including a 3-mile hike through the beautiful hardwood forest right along the river. Pickwick Landing was once a riverboat stop in the 1840s and honors its heritage with a modern-day marina. Make a night of it at the modern Park Inn, a 119-room inn and conference center, or in one of two campgrounds. Also enjoy Southern cuisine in the restaurant, an 18-hole golf course, a public swimming beach, picnic areas and play fields.
Hwy 57 & Park Rd. Pickwick Dam, TN 38365
Cross pt. 43, turn L onto TN-57E to pt. 44.
More About: Pickwick Landing
Pickwick Landing is named for Samuel Pickwick, the title character in the Charles Dickens novel, The Pickwick Papers.
Shiloh National Military Park
More than 24,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured in the Battle of Shiloh. The Confederate forces took the Union Army by surprise, but withdrew after the battle. Visit one of America's best-preserved battlefields with 156 monuments, 217 cannons and more than 650 historic tablets. A 10-mile self-guided driving tour starts at the visitors center, beginning with a short video. Stop to take the tour, visit the gift shop, or just take a drive through the park for beautiful views of the Tennessee River.
1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd. Shiloh, TN 38376
Continue W on TN-57 for 4.6 miles. Turn R/N onto TN-142. Road becomes TN-142/TN-22 in 5.5 miles; continue N as road is joined by TN-22, go 1.6 miles. Continue straight on TN-22 for 1.8 miles to pt. 46 main entrance.
More About: The Battle of Shiloh
April 6 and 7, 1862 marked the bloodiest days to date in American history at the Civil War Battle of Shiloh, with 24,000 casualties from both sides. The battle began when Confederate soldiers attacked Union troops while they were eating breakfast at their camp outside of Savannah, a stop on their long march to Corinth, Mississippi. Taken by surprise, the Union troops retreated. The Confederates stopped to eat some of the food left behind and loot the Union camp, delaying their advance. As the battle started, Union General Ulysses S. Grant was eating his own breakfast at Cherry Mansion (point 40) in Savannah. He heard the gunfire and sent additional troops to the point on the Tennessee River opposite the battlefield. The Confederates continued to aggressively charge the Union line and seemed to be closing in on a victory by nightfall. The soldiers endured a horrible night of thunderstorms and cold, with the dead and injured scattered all around the battlefield in the rainy dark. The next morning, the Confederates continued their attack, unaware that Union reinforcements were arriving to support Grant’s weary men. The Union Army made a strong advance that morning, before the scattered Confederate troops had time to organize, and the Union regained most of the ground they had lost the day before. While the Confederates awaited reinforcements that would never come, fighting continued throughout the day, with the Union Army slowly advancing. By the end of the day, the Confederates had exhausted their ammunition and suffered heavy losses. They retreated to Corinth unpursued by the exhausted Union Army. The next morning, Union troops caught up with the Confederates at Fallen Timbers, about six miles down the road. Led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederates aggressively charged the Union in a last effort that dissuaded them from following further. The battle itself, like most Civil War battles, was confusing and chaotic, and soldiers found it difficult to determine which side others were on. Confederate troops wore uniforms of varying colors, and suffered staggering losses to friendly fire. Many Civil War experts believe that Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was accidentally killed by his own troops during the Battle of Shiloh.
Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark
On a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, this is the site where a Native American town stood over 800 years ago. The rectangular mounds you see today were platforms for the town's important buildings; the round-topped mounds were burial sites for the society's leaders and important members. Take the 1-mile walking trail and see wayside exhibits and over three dozen individual house mounds. This is one of the few places where prehistoric home remains are visible above ground. Learn more about this culture at point 37 in Savannah.
1055 Pittsburg Landing Road Shiloh, TN 38376
Pt. 47 is located at pt. 46.
Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area (SNA)
This 200-acre oak-hickory forest has open glades dominated by native grasses with several rare plant communities; it's an excellent example of a rich and diverse ecosystem featuring Tennessee limestone glades or barrens. Start a 2-mile hike through this lush forest at the parking area.
Smith Gravel Pit Rd. Decaturville, TN 38329
Return to int. of TN-114 & TN-69, go N on TN-69 for 0.4 mile. Turn R onto Bobs Landing Rd., go 1 mile. Turn R onto Smith Gravel Pit Rd., go 1 mile to parking area for pt. 50. To return to main trail: Retrace route to TN-69, turn R to pt. 51.
Beech Bend Recreational Area
Stretch your legs here or set up camp where the Beech and Tennessee Rivers merge. Picnic areas, boat launches and canoeing are available.
22 Beech Bend Park Ln. Decaturville, TN 38329
Return to Perryville Rd., go S. Turn L on TN-100 to pt. 57. Go N on TN-100 to int. with US-412/TN-20. Turn R on US-412/TN-20, cross river to connect with Linden.
Duck River Bottoms Overlook
Stop at this corner of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge for a stunning view of the mile-wide confluence of the Tennessee and Duck Rivers. Take a short hike on the .25-mile trail to see the river delta, an area of unbelievable underwater species diversity. There are more riverine species in the Duck River than in all of the rivers of Europe combined.
Hwy 191 Camden, TN 38320
To continue on main trail: Return to int. of US-412 & TN-69 in Parsons, go N on TN-69 for 14 miles. Turn E on McIlwaine Rd. (opposite TN-192), go 0.3 mile. Turn L on Rockport-McIlwaine Rd./Co. Rd. 1760, go 6.5 miles. Turn L onto TN-191/ Birdsong Rd., go 0
More About: Thomas C. Rye
Benton County is the birthplace of Thomas C. Rye, governor of Tennessee 1914-18.
Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm Museum
Located at Birdsong Resort & Marina, this museum details the past and present of pearl culturing in Tennessee. You'll find informative exhibits about freshwater pearl pioneer John Latendresse, who cultivated pearls at this site.
255 Marina Rd. Camden, TN 38320
Return to TN-191/ Birdsong Rd., turn R. Go 2.2 miles to pt. 59. Go R on TN-191 for 5.7 miles; cross US-70, go 0.8 mile. Turn L on Bus. Rt. US-70, go 1.9 miles to pt. 60 public sq. Multiple hwys converge in Camden making it an ideal spot for travel opti
More About: American Pearl Farming
John Latendresse, the “Father of American Cultured Pearls,” began a career in pearls in the 1950s. His company, the Tennessee Shell Company, supplied shells to pearl farmers in Japan and other countries that were the nuclei to creating cultured pearls. In 1961, he began the American Pearl Company, which attempted to cultivate pearls on the Tennessee River. After several years and varying techniques, the first marketable pearls were made in 1983. Latendresse began developing pearls in other shapes as well, such as rectangles, triangles and teardrops. Latendresse and his methods were featured in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Southern Living and other publications. The Tennessee River Pearl Farm became the only freshwater pearl-culturing farm in the North American continent, and the freshwater pearl was named the official Tennessee gem. Today, the location of the pearl farm and exhibits about its history can be found at the Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm Museum (point 59).
Eva Beach & Eva Archaeological Site
This is a popular park area for swimming and boating along the Tennessee River. Note the stone marking the dig that uncovered ruins from the Middle and Late Archaic period (ca. 6000-1000 B.C.).
Park Road Eva, TN 38333
From Camden, go E on TN-191 to explore Eva. Turn R on Eva Beach Rd. to pt. 61.
More About: Eva
Eva was home to prehistoric native people from 6000 to 1000 B.C. in the post-glacial period. The site is now part of Kentucky Lake but was excavated by archaeologists from University of Tennessee in 1940 before it was flooded by TVA.
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
From this area, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest launched a surprise attack on Johnsonville across the river, destroying a key Union supply depot during the Civil War. This 2,587-acre state park is a popular hiking and camping spot, with campgrounds and over 25 miles of trails, from a .25-mile to a rugged 20-mile trek.
1825 Pilot Knob Rd. Eva, TN 38333
Return to TN-191, turn R on TN-191/Pilot Knob Rd. to pts. 62 & 63.
More About: The Nathan Bedford Forrest Obelisk
The Nathan Bedford Forrest obelisk, located in his namesake park, arrived in the fall of 1931 by railroad in Eva. The monument's pieces were too heavy to haul up the hill by horse team or truck, so they borrowed Benton County's only bulldozer to pull it up Pilot Knob.
Tennessee River Folklife Museum
Atop Pilot Knob in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, the highest point in West Tennessee, learn about General Forrest's attack on Johnsonville, river navigation, logging and musselling along the Tennessee River. See old john and brail boats, plus an outdoor deck with a panoramic view of the river.
2635 Hwy 641N Camden, TN 38333
From Camden, you can connect to Paris (pt. 71) by going N on US-641/ TN-69. Visit pts. 64 & 65 along the way. From Camden, go W on Bus. Rt. US-70/Main St. for 1.1 mile to int. of US-641/TN-69. Turn R/N for 2.8 miles to pt. 64.
More About: Nathan Bedford Forrest
Regarded as a bright military mind, Nathan Bedford Forrest made daring and controversial decisions during the Civil War and beyond. Born in Chapel Hill, Forrest began as a private in the Tennessee Mounted Rifles, a cavalry unit led by Josiah White. He was soon given more responsibility from Tennessee Governor Isham Harris to form his own unit and Forrest led his first major combat at Sacramento, Kentucky in December 1861. After several brave battles, he was appointed colonel and led troops in the Battle of Shiloh where he was wounded. His continued success made him a thorn in the side of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and other northern forces. In late 1862, he destroyed Union train lines in West Tennessee and eluded capture from several Union forces. In February 1863, he had victories in Brentwood and Thompson Station and forced the surrender of Union Colonel Abel Streight, even though Streight’s numbers were greater than Forrest’s command. Though he was part of the Tullahoma Campaign led by Braxton Bragg, Forrest believed Bragg to be incompetent and Forrest traveled to Mississippi to start a new unit. With this unit, he overtook Fort Pillow in April 1864 outside of Memphis, but his men participated in the “Fort Pillow Massacre” in which mostly African-American troops from the Union side were killed. Later victories followed in Northern Alabama and Middle Tennessee, including key wins in Johnsonville. At the end of the war he was stationed in Selma, Alabama, but failed to prevent a Union takeover. It is said that he killed over 30 men in hand-to-hand combat, one more than the 29 horses killed beneath him. Forrest did not adapt well to the post-war South, even becoming a leader in the Ku Klux Klan to try to restore white Democrats to power. He died in Memphis in 1877. Learn more about Forrest and his Civil War battles on other Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways: Walking Tall: Rockabilly, Rails & Legendary Tales, Great River Road and The Jack Trail: Sippin' to Saddles.