Tennessee State Parks

Johnsonville State Park

Activities

Birding

A wooded trail that begins at the entrance follows Trace Creek and includes an observation deck from which gulls, sandpipers and occasional Bald Eagles are seen in winter when mudflats are exposed. Hilltops with open forest near Civil War earthworks are ideal for seeing all of Tennessee’s woodpeckers and White-breasted Nuthatches.

During migration and in winter, bay ducks and Ring-billed Gulls cavort in the open water.

Fishing

The park is located on the Tennessee River near mile marker 96.0. The Tennessee River is known for great sport fishing and other water recreation activities.  Fishing is productive from the bank, but the best way to experience this large river is by boat.  The creek mouths and embayments are popular for spring crappie fishing from late March through May.  Bluegill and Redear Sunfish are also commonly harvested from the lake.  Bass fishing is best in the spring and fall.  Catfish are commonly caught in the summer and fall.

Hiking

Historic Johnsonville Trail — 8.0 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate
African-American Cemetery Loop Trail — 0.5 Miles — crushed rock surface — easy
Civil War Forts Trail — 2.0 Miles — rock and dirt — difficult