Columbus-Belmont State Park

Columbus-Belmont State Park, located on the KY Great River Road, is a 156-acre site sitting on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River which played a fascinating role in the War Between the States. The site, where the park is located, was considered by both North and South to be strategically significant in gaining and keeping control of the Mississippi and military fortification built during the Civil War.  

In 1861 Confederate General Leonidas Polk fortified the area by building a fort along a bluff along the “cutside” of the river at Columbus (KY). The Union's Western Campaign, led by Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, the future Union Army general in chief and U.S. President overtook the Columbus KY Confederate stronghold at the 1861 Battle of Belmont.  Explore park grounds, traveling over bluffs and massive earthen works illustrated by Historical Markers dotted throughout the Columbus-Belmont State Park. 

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Latitude: 36.759258 Longitude: -89.107925 Elevation: 474 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Camping: Relax amid beautiful settings on the river cliff campground with 38 sites, utility hookups and grills. A central service offers rest rooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Pets are allowed if restrained. Campground open year round, water available, but not to each site during winter season.  Two rental camping trailers and a log cabin are also available by calling the park direct.  Each trailer has kitchen, bath, and sleeps six.  The log cabin sleeps two and renter uses campground facilities.

Hiking: Walk the 2.5 miles Civil War Trail on a self-guided route, travel over bluffs, massive earthen works that formed Confederate bluffs, Easy Trail Hike

Birding: A multitude of migratory songbirds pass through the park during spring and fall, most from mid-April to mid-May and again from early September to mid-October. At least two-dozen species of warblers, plus the flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, and orioles. One of the highlight species at Columbus-Belmont State Park is the Mississippi Kite, present from early May to late August. The best areas for viewing are the woodland edges and overlooks along the top of the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

Boating: Boat ramps onto the Mississippi River available.

Gift Shop: Browse our wonderful selection of Kentucky handcrafts in the gift shop. Open daily May - Labor Day and weekends through mid. Oct. November 1 - April 30, open by appointment only.

Miniature Golf: The entire family will enjoy playing a round on the park's miniature golf course. Open daily May - Labor Day and weekends through September.

Museum: Open daily May - Labor Day and weekends through September. November 1 - April 30, open by appointment only.

Picnicking: The park's facilities include picnic tables, grills and a playground, as well as four picnic shelters. Shelters available for rental up to one year in advance.

Seasons Accessible

Open daily May - Labor Day and weekends through September. November 1 - April 30, open by appointment only.

Accessibility Notes

Park is handicapped accessible. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are permitted at Columbus-Belmont State Park


Columbus-Belmont State Park is as beautiful as it is rich in history. See for yourself.

Cindy Lynch, 2/17/2016

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