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“Great views of Ohio River.”

Civil War Fort Duffield
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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

A great place to take a hike in the woods and of a view of the Ohio River and West Point, KY at the top at Fort Duffield. It's very peaceful and picturesque. Usually in May of September there are Civil War events/demonstrations here. Otherwise, it's very quiet and the road to the top in closed off. So be prepared to hike 1/4 mile uphill to the fort. On the other side of the fort is a cemetery where 61 soldiers were buried(died due to illness). I'm enjoying the serenity now.

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Reviewed August 7, 2016

The fort was constructed in 1861 by union general William Sherman to protect nearby West Point & as a supply base. The fort saw some action during '62 & abandoned by'63.

A visitor has to walk up a STEEP quarter mile hill with break at the half way mark. At the break a visitor can turn right toward the fort or turn left to a cemetery. Once at the fort's site is a wooden walkway with railing. The walkway is atop the fort's mound. Outside the fort are two replica buildings , their function is unknown.

The cemetery is about a quarter mile away-visitors will get a workout. The cemetery has one very tall memorial stone surrounded with about 40 smaller stones. Both the fort & cemetery's grounds are well mowed & kept.

There is Lookout Point that faces West Point & Ohio River. A bench is available for seating. Most of the surrounding area is forest with a number of hiking trails. In the parking lot is a large number of brochures. One brochure look show the trails available.

The fort has NO GPS address. US31W is a four lane highway. If heading south from West Point, be in the LEFT lane. Pass a Marathon Gas on the RIGHT. About 1/8-1/4 mile south of Marathon look to the LEHT for a 4X8 BROWN sign with white lettlers. This the entrance to Salt River Drive. Turn RIGHT onto Honeysuckle Lane. H.L. will take the visitor to Fort Duffield's parking lot. If heading north on 31W, Salt River Drive is nine miles north of the entrance to the Gen. George Patton visitor center.

If a person is up for a strenuous walk, a visit is recommended. Best footwear will be a sneakers or hiking boots. A total visit-fort & cemetery- will be 909 minutes. Walking down the hill was much more enjoyable than walking up. Bring a camera, water bottle on a cool day. A visit is recommended. I was the only visitor.

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Reviewed July 29, 2016

We were fortunate to have discovered this place. A real feel for the Civil War times. We enjoyed a hike which we weren't prepared for. Tennis shoes were fine. We also grabbed a brochure describing the area. A place to go.

Thank jerrilmadsen
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

While in Louisville my daughters and I made the trip to see the Fort. The drive was not too bad from downtown Louisville, however, you have to watch for the turn as it is easy to miss. There is a good walk, all uphill, to get to the fort, however, my youngest was able to make the walk with just one short break. The replica cabins add to the overall experience and getting a chance to see how the earthworks were used in the defense of the fort was interesting. It is a little difficult to view the river from the fort with all the trees, however, much of the area is well maintained and the volunteers who maintain this fort are to be thanked. The cemetery is worth the short hike, however, the sign at the entrance denoting that some or all of the soldiers buried there may have been removed and returned to Michigan was surprising to me.

Thank Bruce S
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Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. The fort has lots of historical information posted. It took about 90 minutes to stroll through both the fort and the cemetery. Bring bug spray and pick a cool, not humid day if you can. Also note that you will have to walk about a quarter mile uphill. Nothing too strenuous, but worth noting. I decided to take the path through the woods on the way back down the hill. Ran into a few spider webs and had to do the "spider dance" because I. Hate. Spiders.

Thank Kelly B
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