Historic West Point
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Why Not West Point?
Historic West Point, Kentucky
On the banks of the beautiful Ohio River

The friendly people of West Point invite you to spend a few hours,
a day or more in our historic city.
There’s something for everybody in your family
waiting in West Point.

 
 

West Point History Museum

  • Hours of Operations and Contact Info

    Open Friday 2-5 p.m.
    Saturday 2-5 p.m.
    Private tours by appointment
    Contact: Chris Lueken at 502-418-5045
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River Days Festival
“Fun for Everyone!”

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Dining In Historic West Point, Kentucky
“Good Food and Warm Hospitality”

  • Chow Hall Restaurant
    Music Ranch USA
    407 South Street, West Point, KY 40177
    502-922-9393; 866-913-9393
    Open Sat 5:30 pm.
    Available for meetings & special occasions
    www.musicranch.com
  • Rhonda’s Country Kitchen Restaurant
    4th & Main Streets, West Point, KY 40177
    Full menu, home cooked foods, daily specials
    502-922-0024
    Monday – Saturday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Sunday – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Available for meetings & special occasions
  • Star Café
    Plate lunches, sandwiches, salads & desserts
    401 South Street, West Point, KY 40177
    502-922-4414
    Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Monday, closed
    Located in the historic West Point Railroad Hotel
    www.wpstarcafe.com

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Entertainment in Historic West Point, Kentucky

  • Music Ranch USA
    Live Entertainment
    407 South Street West Point, KY 40177
    Chow Hall Restaurant – Open Sat 5:30 pm

    http://www.musicranch.com/

Recreation in Historic West Point, Kentucky
A Great Place to Spend an Hour or a Day

  • Bridges to the Past – Historic L & N Turnpike tour
    Directions: From North or South on U.S. 31W, turn East onto Louisville-Nashville
    Turnpike. Approximately .7 mile to trail head parking lot.

                Bridges to the Past – Historic L & N Turnpike
                • 2 mile walk round trip
                • Flat, asphalt trail
                • Easy hike
                • Handicap accessible
                • Except where walkways have been provided for viewing bridge construction,               visitors are required to remain on the hard road surface.
                • No facilities on premises
                • No vehicles, bikes, skateboards, and/or horses are allowed on the trail
                • No alcohol, drugs, firearms, metal detectors, fireworks, glass bottles and/or               containers are permitted.
                • Vegetation is not to be disturbed or removed
                • Vandalism to this trail and features is a federal offense

                  Anyone violating these safety regulations, or otherwise committing an unsafe               act, will be required to depart the Fort Knox Military Reservation.

                  Training missions may require the site to be closed to the public. Warning               signs will be posted to inform visitors.

                  Contact the Fort Knox Environmental Management Division, Cultural               Resource Office at 502.624.7431 for additional information about potential               closures or other information regarding the Bridges to the Past/Historic L&N               Turnpike.

  • Fort Duffield Park & Civil War Historic Site (Built 1861)
    Location: US 31W (Dixie Hwy) at Salt River Drive, West Point, Kentucky
    7.5 miles south of the Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy 841) and 9 miles north of Fort Knox main entrance.
    • Fort Duffield Park - Open daily year round 8 am – dark. Picnic facilities. 10 miles of nationally acclaimed mountain bike and hiking trails.
    • Civil War Historic Site – The historic site is reached using a ¼ mile hiking trail from the parking lot. Walking tour brochures are available. Rest rooms available. Handicap accessible by appointment.
    • Kentucky’s largest and best-preserved earthen fortification.
      On the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Preservation
      Trust’s Civil War Sites Official Guide.
    • Living History Events Memorial Weekend Saturday and Sunday and Labor
      Day weekend Sunday and Monday.
    • School and group tours with Civil War Reenactors available.

      General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the construction of a fort at this site to protect his supply base in West Point and to protect the City of Louisville from attack via the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike and Ohio River.

      This impregnable fortress, some 300 feet above the city of West Point was never challenged. However, its strategic position no doubt played an important role in the Civil War in Kentucky.

      On your visit to Fort Duffield, you will experience a panoramic view of historic West Point looking across the beautiful Ohio River to the scenic hills of Southern Indiana. Visit the serene gardens of Fort Duffield’s Memorial Hill Cemetery which pays tribute to the 61 soldiers who died building the fort. Set your own pace with the self-guided walking tour brochure. Witness the ongoing restoration of one of Kentucky’s nearly forgotten Civil War
      treasures.

      Take a virtual tour of Civil War Fort Duffield on line:
      fortduffield.t35.com
      For information or to schedule a tour contact:
      Fort Duffield Heritage Committee
      16706 Abbott’s Beach Rd
      West Point, KY 40177
      Phone: 502-922-4574
      E-Mail: FortDuffield@insightbb.com

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  • National Register Historic District Walking Tour
    Brochures available at West Point City Hall, 6th & Elm Streets and at local
    businesses.
    Arrangements for guided group tours available. Call: 502-922-4431

    West Point's strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Salt Rivers
    made it an early crossroads from Louisville to the South. It was a stagecoach stop on
    the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike, Kentucky's first toll road, as well as an important
    distribution point for goods shipped from the east.

    John Shields, gunsmith and blacksmith for the Lewis and Clark Expedition
    lived in West Point with his wife and daughter.

    James Audubon, Jenny Lind, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay rested at the
    inn and the home of city founder James Young.

    Occupied by Union troops during most of the Civil War, many of the homes
    and buildings were called into service. One of these homes served as a canteen by the troops of Camp Knox during World War I.

    Stroll the historic streets of West Point at your own pace and learn a little about
    our city’s rich heritage.


  • West Point Boat Ramp/Camping
    99 Salt River Drive
    West Point, KY 40177
    Phone:  502-773-4056
    Boat Ramp on Salt River, picnicking and primitive camping & RV camping
    (no hook ups) Open year round.

    Current Fees
    Parking $2.00
    Ramp Fees (includes parking) $5.00
    Season Pass $75.00
    Tent Camping (per night) $10.00
    RV Parking (per night) $25.00
    Rules and Regulations Posted At Office
    Directions: From the north or south, U.S. 31W to Salt River Drive
    Vending machines available

  • Veterans Memorial Park
    West Point, Kentucky
    Located: On the Ohio River. Entrance to the park is at 6th & Elm Street.
    Picnic & playground; pavilion available for groups
    Information & fees for pavilion rental: 502-922-4260


  • Tioga Falls National Recreation Trail
    Directions: From North or South on U.S. 31W, turn East onto Louisville-Nashville Turnpike. Approximately .7 mile to trail head parking lot.

                  Tioga Falls National Recreation Trail
                 • 2 mile hike round trip
                 • Steep in places on trail
                 • Rugged terrain
                 • Visitors are required to remain on the trail at all times
                 • Not handicap accessible
                 • No facilities on premises
                 • Visitors must not walk on the railroad tracks. Trains use tracks frequently                and irregularly.
                 • No vehicles, bikes, and/or horses are allowed on trail
                 • No alcohol, drugs, firearms, metal detectors, fireworks, glass bottles and/or                containers are permitted
                 • Vegetation is not to be disturbed or removed
                 • Vandalism to this trail and features is a federal offense

                  Anyone violating these safety regulations, or otherwise committing an unsafe               act, will be required to depart the Fort Knox Military Reservation.

                  Training missions may require the site to be closed to the public. Warning               signs will be posted to inform visitors.

                  Contact the Fort Knox Environmental Management Division, Cultural               Resource Office at 502.624.7431 for additional information about potential               closures or other information regarding the Bridges to Tioga Trails National               Recreation Trail.

Shopping in Historic West Point, Kentucky

  • Granny’s Attic
    Located in the historic West Point Railroad Hotel
    401 South Street West Point, KY 40177
    Open: Thurs-Fri, Noon to 6:00 pm
                Saturday, Noon to 7:00 pm
                Sunday, Noon to 5:00 pm
    502-922-4414
    502-922-3951
    www.wpstarcafe.com/granny.html

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Radcliff/Ft. Knox Tourism & Convention Commission
http://www.radclifftourism.org/

Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau
http://www.touretown.com/

Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
http://www.gotolouisville.com/

Kentucky Department of Tourism
http://travel.ky.gov/

 

 
     
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