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“A Nice Place with History”

Columbus-Belmont State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Columbus
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New York, KY
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Nice Place with History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a nice state park right on the Mississippi River. There is quite a bit of Civil War history. The picnic facilities are adequate.

Visited September 2012
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Texarkana, Texas
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590 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Significant Civil War Site on the Mississippi River”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

Columbus, KY was fortified by CSA General Leonidas Polk in 1861 to guard the Mississippi River from an invasion from the North. Extensive earthworks were built on the bluffs above the river. The Battle of Belmont was fought across the river on the Missouri side, the first battle of the Civil War that General Grant was involved in. Historical markers in the park tell the story about how Columbus, KY was once located on the lowlands by the river, below the bluffs, before it was destroyed by a flood. It was an important town in Western Kentucky, with the Gulf and Mobile RR connecting Columbus with Mobile, AL. This was one of the important railroads for the South during the Civil War. All traces of the railroad are gone today, as the tracks had been removed some time ago. There was also historical markers about the Battle of Belmont even though it was fought across the river in Missouri. The view from the top of the bluff is impressive, showing miles of the Mississippi River both upstream and downstream. General Polk evacuated Columbus in March, 1862 after Grant took Fort Donelson, which made Columbus difficult to defend. Remnants of the Confederate earthworks can still be seen, plus part of the anchor and chain that stretched across the Mississippi River to deter hostile Union Gunboats from proceeding south. Columbus - Belmont State Park is well worth a detour, and it's not that far from Cairo, IL or Paducah, KY.

Visited September 2012
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Metropolis, Illinois
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A must for Civil War buffs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

I grew up having picnics and special occasions in this park and always took it for granted. Now that I live away, I"m impressed at how well the park has aged. The park staff has done a great job maintaining all the Civil War artifacts and the park is always spotlessly clean.
The view from the bluffs are wonderful. The lack of commercialization allows you to view the Mississippi River, and Missouri farmland, just as our ancestors did. It's out of the way, but worth the drive.

Visited May 2012
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Clinton, Kentucky
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121 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Columbus-Belmont State Park is about 20 miles from my home, and I have visited there many times. This is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The Mississippi River is beautiful when observed from the many bluffs in the park. Columbus-Belmont is a part of Civil War history. This is where the confederates put a huge iron chain across the Mississippi to prevent Federal boating traffic. There is also a Civil War Museum in the park, and some of the oldest cemeteries you will find. It's a great place to visit.

Visited June 2012
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Benton, KY
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240 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“History meats picnic.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

Take the time to visit this park. I know it's a little out of the way for most, but we've been there several times now and always find something new. From nice pinic and play areas, to a great view over the Missippi, to some incredible history, nature abound and enjoyable trails. We'll continue to go back.

Visited May 2012
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