Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA Local Attractions

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Local Area Attractions Near Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA

The surrounding area abounds with many historic Civil War Sites, Antique Shops, Fishing on beautiful Kentucky Lake, Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area which offers hiking, fishing, & hunting as well as the historic Homeplace village, Elk & Bison Prairie, The Planetarium, & the Historic Iron Works Furnace. Fort Donelson Civil War Fort, Fort Henry and the Dover Surrender House are all within 15 minutes of our KOA.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)
Fort Donelson National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

Fort Donelson is just a short 10 minute drive from the Campground. Make time to plan a visit to this historic Civil War site located on the beautiful Cumberland River, it is also a great place to spot birds, photograph, or have a picnic lunch after walking about the park taking in a little bit if our Nations history.

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Dover Hotel (Surrender House)
Dover Hotel (Surrender House)

Serving as an accommodation for riverboat travelers before and after the Civil War. It also was the place where Gen. Buckner and his staff used as their headquarters during the battle. It served as the hospital after the surrender. Much relevant Civil War history happened here. It was here at the Surrender House on Feb. 16, 1862 following a council of war with Brigade Generals Floyd and Pillow, Brigade General Simmon B. Buckner to the confederate defenders of Fort Donelson to Major General U.S. Grant, USA. The two senior confederate generals, having abandoned command escaped Lt. Nathan Bedford Forest, refusing to agree to the surrender, led his calvary regiment and a number of infantry men out of the defense without loosing a man or meeting opposition.

101 Petty St

Dover, TN 37058-3239

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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Bike, drive, hike, picnic, relax, swim, and watch wildlife . . . all for free!

As part of America's great outdoors since 1963, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area manages over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. The family friendly recreation area offers one of the largest blocks of undeveloped forest in the eastern United States.

Access over 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, 200 miles of paved roads, 500 miles of trails, and 170,000 acres of forests and open lands.

In addition, you can enjoy some of the best camping, hunting, fishing, horse riding, off-highway vehicle driving and environmental-conservation education programs around. You'll also appreciate spending time at Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum, Woodlands Nature Station, and the Golden Pond Planetarium.

Take a week or a day to explore Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. There's something for everyone!With 300 miles of natural shoreline, lake access provides idyllic settings for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and water sports. Licensed hunts for deer, turkey, squirrel and other small game animals occur throughout the year.

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Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory - Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory - Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

When you visit the Golden Pond Planetarium, you will enjoy a variety of entertaining and educational programs presented with our Konica Minolta Mediaglobe II digital projection system which displays exciting images on the 40-foot dome of the theater.

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Homeplace 1850s Working Farm  - LBL National Recreation Area
Homeplace 1850s Working Farm - LBL National Recreation Area

This farm is part of the Revolutionary War land grant, issued as a land warrant. The owner Mr. Coolant's took possession of the assigned 40 acres on 12/01/1808. The hollow where the Home Place now stands & worked their land holding for the next 10 years.

Farmers were fortunate to be located near the major mode of transportation for that day, the river. They lived between the Cumberland & Tennessee Rivers, this area is known as the four rivers, as it is also between the Ohio & Mississippi. The crossroad has a significant impact on farm life. News & goods usually reached farms within a few weeks, and sending farm raised produce & livestock was convenient.

It is a working history farm. Most of the farm & livestock are historic varieties from the Mid 19th- century.

When you visit you will see the men folk at work with their oxen, harvesting and curing tobacco, repairing a roof and you may even lend a hand at the walking plow or help in the repair of a fence.
This is a trip for the entire family.

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Local Area Recreation Near Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA

World's Biggest Fish Fry - April Annually

World's Biggest Fish Fry - April Annually

The World's Biggest Fish Fry is a premier event for Paris – Henry County and West Tennessee. The last full week of April annually attracts people locally as well as nationally. Visitors come from across the country to enjoy the festivities.The whole festival revolves around the “Fish Tent” where by last account over 12,500 pounds of catfish is served with all the trimmings. In addition to all you can eat catfish you will find parades, carnival, rodeos, catfish races, dances, arts and crafts to name a few. Events actually begin early in February with beauty pageants leading up to the week long celebration.The “Fish Fry” as everyone calls it around here evolved from “Mule Day”, which originated in 1938 with the Paris Post Intelligencer as the first sponsor. Farmers came to town on the first Monday in April to trade their mules and other farm products, do their shopping and enjoy the fellowship of their friends. Early in the 1950's the Chamber of Commerce took over “Mule Day” complete with a parade and beauty queens. When the tractor began to replace the mules the Chamber of Commerce contemplated another event to replace “Mule Day”.In 1953, the Chamber of Commerce held the first “Fish Fry”. The event was not as successful as hoped. The fish were not from Kentucky Lake and just didn't live up to the palates of the fish eating public. The parade was short and the event was held on the high school football field for one day and night.In 1961 the Paris-Henry County Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) took over the “Fish Fry” from the Chamber of Commerce.Since 1961 and thanks to the Paris-Henry County Jaycees the festival has grown unbelievably from 1,600 pounds of catfish cooked to over 5 tons of catfish and a two hour grand parade.The venue of the festival has moved from the court square, then to what was once known as the hitch lot just blocks from the court square, then back to a parking lot downtown and finally to a building at the Henry County Fairgrounds in the early 1980's. In the early days the fish cooking was done outdoors and eaten on picnic tables under big tents, hence the term “Fish Tent”. It is now known as the Robert E. “Bobby” Cox Memorial Fish Tent.The Jaycees continue to do a fantastic job organizing the event but also depend on many community volunteers to pull it off each year. The Paris-Henry County Jaycees are still growing the event and offering new and different things resulting in increased attendance, more catfish cooked and served.The Jaycees and the community invite everyone to visit Paris and Henry County the last full week of April for a week of fun and southern hospitality!

-Above from http://www.paristnchamber.com/home/events/fishfry

Henry County Fairgrounds

517 Royal Oak Dr

Paris, TN 38242

731-642-1833

Homeplace 1850s Working Farm

Homeplace 1850s Working Farm

Daily Life on the Farm
10am, Sept 1st - Oct 30th4512 The Trace, Dover, TN 37058, USA (map)
September is harvest time at the Homeplace! Join in the farm work as the farmers harvest the crops and garden vegetables to preserve for the winter ahead. Farm work in September includes harvesting tobacco, shucking and shelling corn, plowing, making winter clothing, quilting, or cooking and preserving garden vegetables from the fall harvest. Learn practical skills that are still as valuable today as they were in the past.

4512 The Trace

Dover, TN 37058

931-232-6457

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Hazel Antiques & Shopping

Hazel Antiques & Shopping

The lifeblood of this community of 440 people is the over 40,000 square feet of shopping combined with 12 shops. Several hundred antique dealers are represented in our little town.

In our antique stores and gift shops, you will find virtually anything and everything!

The current antique stores, gift shops and malls are listed below. Please contact each store directly for store hours.

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Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, Tennessee, offers visitors of all ages a world-class entertainment and educational experience.  With more than 70,000 sq. feet of galleries and interactive exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history and art to engage children and adults alike, we make learning fun!  You can also explore our 50 acres of outdoor space, featuring a Blue Angels plane, our Discovery Garden and a 100-year-old chapel.From dinosaurs to Native American history to space exploration, Discovery Park of America will inspire you and provide a greater understanding of our world – past, present and future.  We're an easy day trip from Paris, TN area….plan your visit now!

830 Everett Blvd

Union City, TN 38261

731-885-5455

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Paris Wheels Skating Center

Paris Wheels Skating Center

Newly renovated and family-friendly roller skating on a maple hardwood floor. Blacklight reactive! Roller skates and roller blades available for rent. Concessions available. Has a game room and prize counter. About 15min from the KOA campground!

2245 Highway 79 S

731 642-2245

Paris, TN 38424

731-642-2245

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