Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 156-acre site that played a fascinating role in the War Between the States. This is the site of a fortification build by the Confederates and later occupied by Union forces. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, fought to overtake the Confederate stronghold here, marked the opening of the Union's Western Campaign.
It was also Union General Ulysses S. Grant's first active engagement in the Civil War. Some of the artillery which shelled the Union troops, and the six-ton anchor that held the great chain stretching across the river are on display in the park.
There is a 2.5-mile self-guided hiking trail in the Park. Dramatic images of the Civil War come to mind when walking on the bluffs and massive earthworks that formed the Confederate trenches.
Visitors can learn about the area and the Civil War in the newly renovated Museum. There is also a Snack Bar and Gift Shop and Miniature Golf. There is also a picnic area and playground with Shelters that are available for rental up to one year in advance. Enjoy your next business meeting, family reunion, or social function at the beautiful Activity Center.
This modern hilltop facility is carved out of the surrounding woodland, near the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
The spacious Activity Room accommodates 200 guests, and the Conference Room seats 50 guests. It is available for rental year around. For all meeting needs, the center features banquet tables, audio-visual equipment, presentation materials, a dance floor, stage, and kitchen.
Campers relax amid beautiful settings on the river bluff campground. The campground has 38 sites with utility hookups and grills. A central service building offers rest rooms, showers, and laundry facilities.
Dont forget!!! The second weekend in Oct. is the date for our annual "Civil War Days" event.
This area is rich in Civil War history. For information on all Civil War sites and events throughout Kentucky, click here.