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Columbus-Belmont State Park
COLUMBUS-BELMONT STATE PARK
COLUMBUS-BELMONT STATE PARK
350 Park Road
Columbus, Kentucky   42032-0009

Phone: 270-677-2327
Reservations: 270-677-2327
Columbus-Belmont State Park
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Columbus-Belmont State Park
'Civil War Days'
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One of the huge cannons that protected the riverway

At one time, national leaders considered moving the country's capital from Washington to Columbus--a nod to Columbus-Belmont's important role in American history. The site was considered a strategic location for control of the Mississippi River, and the struggle to control the river led to the Battle of Belmont on November 7, 1861.

Confederate General Leonidas Polk established camps on both the Kentucky and Missouri sides of the river and named the more heavily fortified Columbus the "Gibraltar of the West." But a Union General destined for the White House, Ulysses S. Grant, outflanked the "Gibraltar" and forced evacuation of the Confederates in 1862.

Today, you can still see the massive chain and anchor used by the South to block passage of Union gunboats and the earthen trenches dug to protect over 19-thousand Confederate troops. The farmhouse that served as a Civil War hospital is now a museum that interprets many historic events at this site. The park has a beautiful campground and activity center.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseHiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingFull Hookup Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Campers relax amid beautiful settings on the river cliff campground. The campground has 38 sites with utility hookups and grills. A central service building offers rest rooms, showers, and laundry facilities.

Open April-Oct. No advance reservations. Check-out by 2:00 PM, Central time. Pets are allowed if restrained.
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Picnicking
Columbus-Belmont is the perfect locale for your next picnic outing. 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.
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Museum:

In April 2004, Columbus-Belmont unveiled new exhibits in a farmhouse identified locally as the Civil War infirmary. Visitors become immersed in the Civil War, when hundreds of thousands of soldiers passing this site saw an earthwork "fortress" comparable to Spain's Rock of Gilbraltar. Four galleries reinterpret some of the many stories of what happened here.

Museum adminission:

$2 admission for adults; $1.50 for children.Group rate for ten or more persons: $1.50 for adults; $1 for children.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 16 My favorite place for camping by Pat Gupton
I have camped for several years, in several different campgrounds, and I absolutely love camping at Columbus Park. It is quiet here, scenery is the prettiest ever. I love watching the barges on the river, and walking the trenches. It is a clean, well kept campground, with clean bathrooms, and showers. Staff are all friendly, and very helpful, and they work hard to make your stay a pleasure. Highly recommend this as a place to come for relaxation, and fun.
March 10 civil war ball by yearly camper
We Love the ball during the civil war but the judging is very bad. Whoever is in charge of this should get it more together and have it where you can get looks and be more honest. it was bad last year and some kids really look forward to that. we are there every year and I couldn't believe how its not together. I have a florist here in my hometown (Hickman) and would be glad to help with this. My husband helps in the fight every year. Please let me know if you need any help. I would love doing this. I do it here in our town and don't mind helping. Thanks
January 2 take the trail by historybuff#1
Not only is this site one of the most important sites of the Civil War, but also one of the most intricate trench systems ever built. By hand, I might add. Take the interpretive trail that takes you through just a small portion of the trench system that kept the Union troops from attacking by land. Very impressive. Some are 20-25 ft deep.
October 7 by bhunt
Great park for rvs. The view from some campsites gives a great view of the Mississippi River.
April 28 civil war reenactment by Ed Oliver
I participated in the reenactment last year 2008. It was my first time there. I had an exellent time and the event was well planed. The only drawback was the placement of the artillery a lot of people couldnt see what we were doing
April 2
Great park for rvs. It is a very kid friendly park with a great view. The bath house and showers are wonderful and they have a huge park for the children. They also have mini golf and an ice cream parlor. The best park I have been and I am from tn
July 12 Civil War history by Kystateparktraveller
My husband is big Civil War buff so visited CB a few years back. It was not bad and worth the visit. The musuem was nice, but I wish it had more artifacts. They have a reanactment of the battle, but we went on the wrong weekend. It is a nice place for a reunion or a picnic.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Irish Inn - Ozark, ILBBs / Inns
Offering a wee bit of Europe in Southern Illinois' wine country. We are located right in the Shawnee National Forest. Stay in a stone and log chalet, cool in summer with blazing log fires in winter. You will enjoy the company of a genuine Belfast-born innkeeper and a full traditional Irish breakfast. There is no extra charge for the blarney, storytelling, and good Irish luck
Web Site: irishinn.tripod.com
51.1 miles from park*
Willowbrook Cabin Rental - Golconda, ILCottages and Cabins
LARGE 2 and 3 bedroom private CABINS located near many of the major ATTRACTIONS of the Shawnee National FOREST and the surrounding Southern ILLINOIS area. All cabins offer incredible VALUE as they are fully furnished with everything needed including full kitchens with cookware, microwave, liens, fire pits and wood, outdoor grill, satellite TV and even FREE internet. Open all seasons
Web Site: WillowBrookCabins.com
54 miles from park*
Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins - Elizabethtown, ILCottages and Cabins
Southern Illinois Cabins with all amenities, surrounded by The Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. All cabins have air conditioning, heat, kitchen including stove, frig, microwave, coffee maker, toaster bathroom with shower, screened in porch, electric fireplace, satellite tv with HBO and DVD, all linens, cookware, plates, utensil, outside grill and picnic table.
Web Site: rimrocksdogwoodcabins.com
64.6 miles from park*
Doc's Lakeside Cabin - Jonesboro, ILCottages and Cabins
Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Let us welcome you to setting where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Web Site: docslakesidecabin.com
49.5 miles from park*
Cedar Rock Cabins - Goreville, ILCottages and Cabins
Located in beautiful Johnson County, Illinois, and nestled within the Shawnee National Forest. Enjoy the screened in porch at dusk and view the wildlife that wanders freely through the woods. The hot tub is located out of doors so you can relax in luxury beneath the stars....
Web Site: cedarrockcabins.com
54.7 miles from park*
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