Where can you watch a Civil War battle reenactment and get a selfie with an Abe Lincoln impersonator? Stones River Battlefield—that's where.
In 1862, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War raged through the fields. Today, the battlefield is a peaceful 570-acre park, with 7 miles of hiking trails. Feel like a soldier on the Boundary Trail, which weaves through the rocks and forests. If you're traveling with kids, the paved Cotton Field Trail is an easier option. Looking for a serious hike? The trails connect to the 4.5-mile Murfreesboro Greenway.
There's plenty to do inside, too. In the visitor center, learn military code and watch a fascinating video. There are also Civil War uniforms, photos, and artifacts. If you really want to get a feel for the war, come for a reenactment. These Living History events include men in uniform and real cannon fire. You can even take a Lantern Tour of the on-site cemetery.
Around Stones River, you'll find a huge range of activities. Nashville is 28 miles to the north, and the Natchez Trace Parkway is close by. A variety of campgrounds offer developed sites for both tents and RVs.