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Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus

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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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  • I have read about this park for years and finally was in the area so we went, It is on a maybe 180 foot bluff above the river with a camp ground, picnic shelters, grills, and a restored old house with...  more »
  • We spent over an hour wandering (& dodging lawn mowers) the historic portion of the park. Description plaques about its use as a fort during the WBtS and the Battle of Belmont across the river are loc...  more »
  • One of the nicest campgrounds we've ever been to. The campsites are clean, nicely maintained and well situated to give you a very nice view of the river. There are activities that you can participate ...  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!
  • 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.
  • Educational park about civil war. clean, friendly park with lots of space to walk and explore. bathhouse was nice, NO RECYCLING at all. NO ATT SERVICE, SOME TV
  • If you're heading to the sign bring about 1L of water and some comfy shoes