• Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge has 8,862 acres administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service for the purpose of wildlife management and preservation, particularly migratory waterfowl. Cross Creeks Refuge occupies 12.5 river miles of the middle transition portion of the Cumberland River (Lake Barkley Reservoir) between Cheatham Dam (TN) and Barkley Dam (KY). Services include wildlife protection and management recreation, such as fishing, hiking, limited hunting, bird viewing, environmental education, and more. The refuge is located 3.5 miles east of Dover, Tennessee. Travel west on Highway 79 from Clarksville to Dover, turn left on Highway 49, go 2.5 miles then left on Wildlife Road for 1 mile.
• Cumberland City Ferry
The Cumberland City Ferry is one of four remaining ferries in Tennessee. For 75 cents you can ride the Ferry back and forth all day. The ferry connects Highways 46, 233 and 149 and makes hundreds of trips daily. This is the only way to cross the Cumberland River for miles. This part of the river lies between Clarksville Tennessee and Dover Tennessee and takes you into Cumberland City Tennessee and The Land Between the Lakes.
• Delta Queen Steamboat Company
See the heartland of our great nation aboard the legendary Delta Queen®, and the magnificent Mississippi Queen®, the only genuine, overnight paddlewheelers plying America's rivers, for a journey brimming with fun, discovery and all-American heritage. The trip offers a unique blend of American beauty and history, its sumptuous river cuisine, lively "showboat" style entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain's riverside America. Charming, historic river ports, lively cities, and stately plantations. Gliding along at a stately 8 mph, your mind has time to wander back to a time when life was a bit slower and more genteel, when these mighty rivers served as America's natural "highways," and an elegant paddlewheel steamboat was the epitome of travel. You'll explore the richness of riverside America as you step ashore at historic ports of call such as lively Memphis and stately Natchez, Mark Twain's Hannibal or cosmopolitan St. Paul, bustling St. Louis and gracious Louisville, charming Chattanooga and tuneful Nashville, friendly Cincinnati and dynamic Pittsburgh.Come savor Steamboatin'® : A
• Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Unconditional surrender of Fort Donelson created jubilation throughout the North and silence in Dixie. It was the North’s first major victory of the Civil War, opening the way into the very heart of the Confederacy.
• Fort Donelson National Cemetery
In July 1862, Congress passed legislation giving the President of the United States the authority to purchase land for the establishment of cemeteries “for soldiers who shall die in the service of their country.” The legislation effectively began the National Cemetery system. In 1867, Fort Donelson Cemetery was established as the final resting for Union soldiers and sailors initially buried in the Fort Donelson area.
• Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Reservoir is home to many varieties of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, sauger, and crappie. Numerous boat docks and launching ramps dot the coves of Kentucky’s shoreline. Located on Kentucky’s shores are the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, four state parks, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, 48 public access areas, and two state wildlife management areas. There are resorts and campsites, areas for swimming and picnicking, and a back-country area for off-road vehicles Water skiing, sailing, and windsurfing are popular, as well as bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.
• Land Between the Lakes
The 170,000 acre Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) is located in southwest Kentucky and northwest Tennessee. It has 16 developed campgrounds. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a newly designated Forest Service holding. Located between two magnificent bodies of water, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, the LBL is a place of beauty and widely varied recreation opportunities. Land Between the Lakes offers outdoor activities for the family, including swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, fishing, tent or trailer camping, an off-highway vehicle area, an 1850's farm, and more.
• Lake Barkley
Lake Barkley provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. The lake covers 57,900 acres at summer pool, elevation 359 mean sea level, and is surrounded by 1,004 miles of shoreline. Natural conditions at Lake Barkley make it possible for the public to participate in activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, and boating. In addition, there is a Civil War Monument, historic relics, commercial marinas, public parks and wildlife refuges. The many species of wildlife here, including golden and bald eagles, make bird watching and nature photography exciting pasttimes.
• Paris Landing State Park
Paris Landing State Park is located in The Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area. Dover is at the southern entrance of The Land Between The Lakes. Land Between the lakes features hiking trails, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, historical attractions, biking, an off-road vehicle area, swimming, environmental education programs, indoor educational facilities, and more.
• Surrender House (Dover Hotel)
The Dover Hotel was the site of the "unconditional surrender" of General Buckner to General Grant, on February 16, 1862. Grant's terms of "unconditional and immediate surrender" were described by Buckner as "ungenerous and unchivalrous." This was the Union Army's first major victory of the the Civil War, setting the stage for invasion of the south and eventual capture of the Mississippi River Valley.
The structure was originally built in 1851, and still stands in the heart of Dover. The structure had served as General Buckner's headquarters during the battle. The Fort Donelson House Historical Association and the National Park Service restored the house in the 1970s, and today the exterior looks much as it did at the time of the surrender.
Main Attractions in nearby Nashville:
• The Carter House
The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864.
• Historic Carnton Plantation
On November 30, 1864, the tragedy of the Battle of Franklin, so devastating to the Confederacy, unfolded in the fields near Carnton, home of John and Carrie McGavock. Over 20,000 soldiers in the Army of Tennessee attacked well-fortified Union breastworks at the southern edge of town. Soon the McGavocks would witness the carnage of war as they opened the doors of their home to be used as a field hospital for wounded Confederates. Historic Carnton Plantation
• The Factory at Franklin
The Factory at Franklin is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Franklin, Tennessee. The Factory is a member of the National Register of Historic Places. The Factory occupies the circa-1929 buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company.
• Belmont Mansion
Belmont Mansion was constructed as one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 sq. ft. The estate contained an art gallery, conservatories, lavish gardens, aviary, lake and zoo.
• Belle Meade Plantation
Belle Meade Plantation
• Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are seen and enjoyed by 170,000 visitors each year. The property was once the elegant home of the Cheek family. The 55 acre site includes the original Cheek gardens, designed by Bryant Fleming, with pools, fountains, statuary, extensive boxwood plantings and breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills.
• Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.
• Downtown Presbyterian Church
Downtown Presbyterian Church church was one of many buildings used as hospitals during the Union occupation of the city during the Civil War. It was designated Hospital No. 8 and housed 206 beds.
• Montgomery Bell State Park
Montgomery Bell State Park is located 7 miles east of Dickson. The rolling hills of Dickson County contain a treasure that was considered more precious than gold to the builders of young America. The treasure was iron ore, and it lured men by the hundreds to this area of Middle Tennessee. The site of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at Montgomery Bell State Park.
• Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
• Parthenon Museum
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.
• Tennessee State Capitol
The majestic Tennessee State Capitol, completed in 1859, is located on a high hill in downtown Nashville. It was one of the most magnificent public buildings of its time, anywhere in the U.S.
• Travelers Rest Plantation and Museum
Saved from demolition in 1954 by the Tennessee Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the historic house, built originally in 1799, was restored to interpret the early 19th century life of Judge John Overton, one of the state’s first Supreme Court Justices, the founder of Memphis, and a close personal friend of Andrew Jackson. Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum
Festivals in or near Dover:
• Annual Pumpkinfest
Historic Downtown Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest the last Saturday in October fills Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues with all things fall-related--pumpkins, costumes, two stages offering entertainment, hayrides and fall crafts. Streets are lined with fabulous food, hot cider and wonderful holiday and fall crafts and artisans. Merchants on Main ”treat” trick or treaters at their businesses until 3 p.m. The People’s Church provide a children’s carnival on 3rd Avenue South with lots of fun free activities for kid’s and the stage at City Hall. Entertainment is continuous on stages in front of the Old Courthouse on the Public Square and at Five Points. Hayrides and scarecrows and ghosts and goblins meander down Main at Pumpkinfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland®
Discover Christmas like never before with spectacular shows and horse-drawn carriage ride at the Gaylord Opryland® hotel.
• Spring Hill Country Ham Festival