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Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 25+ 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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  • 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...  read 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 ...  read more »
  • I have been here dozens of times. It is always well maintained, nice campground (small, make reservations" It is a great place to bring kid and adults. They have putt-putt golf. A "dairyette" type res...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Very well put on Civil War Reenactment done here every year. Been twice and hope to be back again this year
  • Great park! I've been visiting since I was a kid and now I'm bringing my own children. Beautiful, great for family reunions or get togethers! I love the trails and walk ways, my kids love the miniature golf and the other play areas.
  • I Love this place!! Full of history. Peacefull & beautiful! Wonderful place to camp, picnic or just stop by. I try to go every year!