Quick! Name the Kentucky State Park not mentioned in the 2011 Official Visitor's Guide to Kentucky?
Hint: It's a stop on the Trail of Tears, hosts thousands of visitors to Civil War Days every year and was named an "awesome, romantic, scenic" site in 2008.
Answer: Columbus Belmont State Park, 156 acres, overlooking the Mississippi River in Hickman County. The Park features a campground, museum, playground and picnic area.
Columbus Belmont Park in Columbus Kentucky was named one of the most romantic, awesome and scenic parks in America in 2008. West Kentucky Park Campgrounds Make US Top 100
The infamous Trail of Tears goes through Columbus Belmont Park, a distinction that earned it a mention on the National Park Service Trail of Tears website.
In 2010, an estimated 12,000 visitors attended Civil War Days in mid-October at Columbus Belmont Park. The annual event features battle re-enactments recalling General U. S. Grant’s raid that set off the Union’s Western Campaign.
None of these were enough to get Columbus Belmont Park a mention in the 2011 Official Visitor’s Guide published by the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism in Frankfort. An article titled “Three Days in Western Kentucky: Bluegrass, BBQ & Great (Big) Lakes” recommends one day in Owensboro, one visiting Marion, Princeton and the Land Between the Lakes and a final day in Paducah.
Columbus Belmont State Park isn’t mentioned in the story. Civil War Days in October didn't make the region's list of “Top Events.” (The only Civil War event listed during the month of October in Kentucky is the Perryville Battlefield Reenactment.)
Columbus Kentucky doesn’t get a dot on the state map. The only state facility in the River Counties that made the list is Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site in Ballard County.
For visitors to the River Counties, finding Columbus Belmont Park from the state's official tour guide is an exercise in "Where's Waldo?" And that's a disservice to Kentucky taxpayers whose dollars keep the Park open and whose dollars go into publishing the official state publication for tourism.