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Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus

(4.6/5 based on 30 reviews on the web)
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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  • The museum was lovely, and the guy working there was a lot of fun. He was a former history teacher and gave us a lot of information about the place. The signs scattered throughout the park are interesting, however some of the maps were designed in a way that the point of reference looks upside down. A "You Are Here" dot would be useful. The trails around the old trenches are amazing to walk through, but again the signage is confusing. They say not to climb the mounds, yet they have historical information signs on top of the mounds, so I'm not sure what to do there. Mostly though this is a great park. Lots of seating. Locations for grilling. Good parking. Nice bathrooms. Go there!
  • i live in columbus its a great little town with wounderful people and the park is awesome grew up playing in the park and my brother in law works there
  • Well taken care of park with a lot of history. If you are a Civil War buff it is worth the drive. Campground is nice with a really nice view.
  • Family oriented, educational and great ice cream! Love this place!
  • Heading there now . We love this park . Ready to go back in time . Civil War here we come