Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

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Paddling - Rentals

Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and kayaks may be rented online, at the park office, or at Eva Beach for use on Kentucky Lake. Rental includes one adult life jacket and one child-size life jacket, and paddles. More info here.

Disc Golf

The ball field at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park features a 9-hole (currently 5-hole) disc golf course that encircles the perimeter of the field. It features wide, level fairways that appeal to the beginner plus some challenges for the more experienced player.

Group Programs & Events

Ranger-led programs and hikes are available throughout the year. For more details about our annual events or to arrange a ranger-led program for your group, please click more info.


Swimming is available in Kentucky Lake at the Eva Beach site. This unsupervised, sandy beach area is open to the public at no charge.


Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park has more than 20 miles of hiking trails offering short jaunts or longer treks.


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.


Numerous migrating and wintering waterfowl along with herons, eagles, egrets and several gull species can be seen from the expansive open waters, available from the boat ramps and at open spots on trails along the shoreline.