Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Nathan Bedford Forrest Go Green

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Historic Park has completed the Silver Recognition Level of the TN State Parks Go Green With Us Initiative and Guidelines. The guidelines include multiple areas of environmental sustainability including education and outreach, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste and recycling and much more. Congrats to this park for going above and beyond to be excellent stewards of our natural resources.



The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park’s visitor’s center has reflective window film which reflects sunlight keeping the building cool and the energy costs down. The film is transparent and doesn’t change the view out the window.
  • All park facilities now feature LED lighting.
  • The visitor’s center has replaced both HVAC systems (16 SEER).
  • Tankless water heaters have been worked into our replacement schedule and are already in use in some areas. We also added under-pinning to reduce draft and increase heating and cooling efficiency.
  • Each air conditioned cabin has a 16 SEER or better HVAC system.
  • Park restrooms all have sensor-activated sinks, hand dryers, and toilets. Occupancy sensors and waterless urinals have also been incorporated to enhance efficiency.
  • The park is part of the TVA’s Green Power Switch.
  • The park tracks park-wide energy use to identify areas for improvement.
  • We have Bearsaver recycling bins available for use throughout the park.