Located just 40 miles north of historic Memphis, Tennesee, the Fort Pillow State Park had an abundance of history contained within its borders. During the Civil War, the area was a strategic location of some importance. Fort Pillow itself was erected in 1861 but was abandoned shortly after that due to attacks by the Union Navy.
The 1,642-acre Fort Pillow State Park was officially christened in 1971, after which it was designated as a Wildlife Observation Area by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Because of this, a wide array of bird species have settled here and boosted the park's reputation as a bird watching sanctuary. Before you explore the park itself, make sure to stop by the park museum.
Here, you can find several civil war artifacts, as well as interactive displays outlining the full history of the area. Make sure to watch the 12-minute video about the war that closed this fort for good in 1864. If you have brought your canine with you, be aware that they will have to wait outside while you take in the exhibits. For visitors looking to get active, there are twenty total miles of trails to check out.
The paths at the Fort Pillow State Park provide views of the Missippi River and the John Tully State Forest and are a fun and engaging way to get some exercise while enjoying the grounds. If you would like to take your canine on these paths at the Fort Pillow State Park, make sure you keep them on a six-foot leash or shorter.
As there are no dog stations, you should bring the supplies to clean up any messes your dog creates. Overnight guests can choose from any of the 32 sites available. If you have come driving an RV, six of these sites provide full hookups as well as dump stations, should you need them. Dogs are allowed to occupy these campgrounds, as long as they on their leash throughout their stay.