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Stones River NB
Established in 1927, the Stones River National Battlefield preserves over 700 acres of scenery, commemorating a key Union victory during the American Civil War. The central Tennessee park draws over 200,000 visitors each year.
Stones River NB is located in the central Tennessee city of Murfreesboro – just off of Tennessee Highway 41 near the Stones River National Cemetery.
The park grounds and the Fortress Rosecrans are open year round from dawn until dusk, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Park facilities, including the Stones River Visitor Center, Tour Road, McFadden Farm and Redoubt Brannan are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Upon arrival, you’ll want to first stop at the Stones River Visitor Center. Here you can become familiar all that the park has to offer in the form of museum exhibits, a short orientation film, and a bookstore. Too, the visitor center hosts themed special events and guided walks nearly every day, like Stones River Stories, the Line that Wouldn’t Break, and Hell’s Half Acre.
Attractions & Activities
Of course, exploring the park on your own accord is always an option. Stones River boasts roughly seven miles of hiking trails, including the Cotton Field Trail and the Boundary Trail crisscrossing the scenery and stopping by significant points of interest along the way. The hikes are self-guided and provide interpretive insight to each point of interest found along the trail.
Joggers and bikers can also take advantage of the City of Murfreesboro’s Greenways, connecting Stones River NB with nearby attractions. For instance, landmarks like the McFadden Farm, Fortress Rosecrans, and General Bragg Headquarters Site can all be reached via the three-mile Stones River Greenway riverside trail. Each are considered units of Stones River and played a role in the region’s dense history.
Among the many points of interest, you surely won’t regret stopping by the Stones River National Cemetery, located next to the park and a great place to gain some perspective. Likewise, Fortress Rosecrans – only a short distance from the park proper – features authentic artillery used by Union armies in 1863 on its remaining grounds.
History landmarks, monuments, outdoor recreation – you name it, you’ll find it at Stones River NB. Pack your bags and visit the once active battlefield today for some authentic Tennessee history.