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“Impressive piece of US history (easy to miss)”

Civil War Fort Duffield
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Reviewed October 14, 2017

I stumbled across Fort Duffield Park by accident. The exit on the 60 is easy to miss. I had to turn around and try again.
During my visit, on a Wednesday in October, I encountered nobody so had plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the fort and the view over the Ohio river. The information provided on the leaflet and signs is excellent and paints an interesting picture of this piece of US history.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed June 22, 2017

Fort Duffield is an interesting piece of Civil War history. There are at least two routes up to see the fort that I know of, and both are relatively strenuous. One is up the steep paved road, the other is on the wooded trails. The views from the top are really nice and it is a good opportunity to see what kind of a part Louisville might have played in the Civil War.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed April 22, 2017

We came here in a very wet April day. Started up the trail during a break in the rain, and had a great time exploring the Fort even though both the trails and the boardwalks were slippery. In hindsight, we should have taken the trail to the cemetery first, since it was better in the wet than the direct route to the fort. Great views From the top. The signage for the fort was very informative, and kudos to the volunteers who have made this place so good.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank David P
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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.

Date of experience: August 2016
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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.

Date of experience: May 2016
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