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Explore Columbus-Belmont State Park

Arlington, Kentucky



2 miles

Elevation Gain

134 ft

Route Type



Added by Lucas Bremer

A historical and scenic destination along the Great River Road.

Columbus-Belmont State Park is a stop along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway that combines pivotal Civil War history with dramatic cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The park is also a stop along the Trail of Tears National Historical Trail and the Civil War Heritage Trail. 

The two mile self-guided trail within the park will take you along massive trenches and earth works that the Confederates hand dug for canons and rifles for what they believed was an imminent Union Forces attack. Also on display along the loop are one of the original canons from the site, and a behemoth of a anchor and portion of the mile long chain that was used to stretch across the river to deny access to the south for Union Boats. Columbus was the northern most Confederate fortification along the Mississippi River.

The museum along the trail was built in the 1850's and is the last surviving antebellum building within the park. Once a farmhouse, it also served as a confederate hospital. Today it holds exhibits and artifacts from the site. Learn more about the sites history here.

Other popular activities in the park are picnicking and miniature golf.

Campground Reservations can be made here.

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
ADA Accessible

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