Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus

#30 of 61 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.
Confederate 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 park has awesome views of the mighty Mississippi River. It has civil war trenches and history galore!  more »
  • We loved a short detour to check out the Columbus-Belmont State Park. Yes, it is a great RV Park! More than that, it is very historic & had a huge "Trench" from the civil war days, with a description ...  more »
  • Talk about a beautiful park! Mississippi River right there! Great place for picnic! Great for family outing too!
  • Great park! Has a decent size playground & short, easy trails which are great for smaller children. There are also campsites there.

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