Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park



Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and kayaks may be rented online or at Eva Beach for use on Kentucky Lake. Paddle EZ is the concessionaire that manages these self-serve rentals. Click more info for full details.

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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. Click more info for full details.

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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.

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


Polk Creek Wildflower Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Beech Grove Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Pafford-Wilson Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 3-Mile Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
NBF 5-Mile Trail — 5.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 10-Mile Trail — 9.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 20-Mile Trail — 20.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate-Difficult


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.


Views of the expansive open waters are available from the boat ramps and at open spots on trails along the shoreline. Numerous migrating and wintering waterfowl along with herons, eagles, egrets and several gull species can be seen from here. The trail system winds from hardwood bottoms uphill through oak-hickory forest, and trails on the Pilot Knob Ridge and the observation deck at the TN River Folklife Center enable views of the canopy for abundant resident and migrant songbirds. Hawks and owls seen throughout the park. For more park and nearby birding locations, VIEW FLYER.