Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus

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#29 of 39 in Nature in Kentucky
Columbus-Belmont State Park, on the shores of the Mississippi River in Hickman County, near Columbus, Kentucky, is the site of a Confederate fortification built during the American Civil War. The site was considered by both North and South to be strategically significant in gaining and keeping control of the Mississippi River.HistoryConfederate General Leonidas Polk fortified the area now occupied by the park beginning September 3, 1861. The fort at Columbus was built upon a bluff along the "cutside" of the river. The fort was christened Fort DeRussey, but Polk referred it as the "Gibraltar of the West". He had equipped it with a massive chain that was stretched across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, to block the passage of Union gunboats and supply vessels to and from Southern destinations in the western theaters of the war. Equipped also with 143 cannons, Columbus was the Northern-most Confederate base along the Mississippi, protecting Memphis, Vicksburg, and other key Southern holdings. As the northern terminus of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, Columbus was logistically tied to Confederate supply lines.
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  • This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have seen. The view overlooking the Mississippi is awesome. The campground hosts and staff members were very friendly and helpful. When we needed to purchase f...  more »
  • This is a beautiful state park in far western Kentucky. A lot of civil war history happened here. There is a nice museum that has a small admittance fee.The grounds are meticulously maintained. There ...  more »
  • We travelled from Michigan to this park in Kentucky. The park is a very nice park, the only complaint I really have is that the website for the campsites lists the slope (Driveway Grade) for each site...  more »
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  • This park was a favorite of mine as a child and it has only has improved. Quaint mini golf course and great concession stand. Great campsite and historical trails. Not only is this a Civil War battlefield with a unique story, but was a resting point for some of the Cherokee Nation as they traveled on The Trail of Tears. Off the beaten path, but well worth it.
  • Not your typical Civil War site. So much history. Really enjoyed it. A little tough to find but worth the effort!
  • The park is a awsome place all I can say is for the small river community, one will never forget Columbus Belmont state park!
  • Beautiful wooded park with wonderful view of the Mississippi River and lots of civil war history.
  • Smaller campground which is great for keeping up with smaller children. Plenty of walking trails and historical info on the Civil War. Campground overlooks the Mississippi River and the larger park offers pavilions for family gatherings and paved trails. Snack bar and meausume.

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