Fort Jefferson Hill Park Historic Site at the Confluence

Experience the remarkable vista of the flowing together of America's two biggest rivers sitting atop Fort Jefferson Hill Park overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River at the Confluence of the Ohio River.  Experience the peaceful found watching the flowing rivers. The byway traveler views the blue Ohio joining with the "Muddy Mississippi" to form the "Great River" & then flowing on South to the Gulf of Mexico! The visitor may catch a glimpse of many species of waterfowl and wildlife.  

Fort Jefferson was first established during the American Revolution in 1780 by George Rogers Clark, the older brother of William of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, naming it for Thomas Jefferson, then governor of Virginia. The fort was abandoned the next year following an Indian massacre in 1781.  

Fort Jefferson was the second of two Union Army posts established in Ballard County in September 1861, following the Confederate occupation of Columbus, Kentucky some 20 miles south on the Ky Great River Road.  

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Latitude: 36.961672 Longitude: -89.092175 Elevation: 333 ft
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Accessibility Notes

An accessible concrete side-walk traverses around the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River.  

Pet Friendly Notes

Pet friendly and please be courteous to visitors by cleaning up after your visit.  

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