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Tourism, Trails, & Attractions – What to See and Do!

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Agritourism

Amish

Kentucky has a fastest-growing Amish and Mennonite population. Amish in Hickman County operate small businesses onsite at their farms. Items made by Amish are sold in home shoppes, like hand-made lotions, goat-milk soaps, and furniture. Furniture includes chairs, rockers, 4-ft & 5-ft double swings, A-Frame, single glider, 4-ft double glider, 5-ft triple glider, glider settee, coffee table, foot rest, bunk-beds, coffin, picnic table, book case, dressers Miscellaneous items: baskets, deer stands, maple syrup Hand-made lotions and soaps, several varieties and scents. Contact: Emanuel J. Gingerich, 5421 St Rt 3061, Wingo, KY 42088; Noah N. Slabaugh, 4421 St Rt 3061, Clinton, KY 42031; Andy Stutzman, 4100 St Rt 58 West, Wingo, KY 42088

Amish & Mennonite Fruit Stand at Sue's - 22 US Highway 51 South, Clinton, KY 42031 - For fresh bread, jams, fruits, veggies, canned goods, and flowers

Cunningham Fruit Farm

486 State Route 944 South, Clinton, KY 42031, 270-653-5477 or 270-254-0328, Open daily from 8:am-5:pm, Fresh fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, and more.

Farmers Markets

Farmers' Market, Fulton County - 1201 Middle Road, Fulton, KY 42041- For more information call County Judge-Executive Office, 270-236-2594

Farmers' Market, Hickman County – 101 Kimbo Street, Clinton, KY 42031 – For more information call County Judge-Executive Office, 270-653-4369

Flea Market, Hickman County - Hickman County Fairgrounds near 55 US Highway 51 North, Clinton, KY 42031 - For more information call Clinton City Hall.

Amtrak/Fulton County Transit Authority

Amtrak -Fulton, KY Station, 21 Newton Road, Fulton, KY 42041, www.amtrak.com - For more information call Fulton County Transit Authority- 270-472-0662 - A flag stop on the route of the City of New Orleans. Amtrak's Train 58 goes northbound, while Train 59 goes southbound. An unstaffed station with waiting room facility and platform located on the north side of town adjacent to the Canadian National Railway line near the Purchase Parkway and US Highway 51

Fulton County Transit Authority (FCTA)

Call the office for passenger transportation to Amtrak Station or Ride to Work, or for a Miller/Greyhound bus ticket.


Carnegie Library Visitor Center

A restored 1906 Carnegie Library Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on the bluffs at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Bayou de Chien providing a spectacular scenic view of Missouri and Kentucky. Significant resources for visitors eager to gather information on the rich history of river and rail transportation, the American Civil War and Mississippian Era culture. The Carnegie Library Museum is strategically located as a southern portal visitor center for travelers coming from Missouri and the Tennessee’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

  • 808 Moscow Ave, Hickman, KY 42050
  • (270) 236-2902

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Campground, Snack Shop & Museum

On the Kentucky shores of the Mississippi River is a 156 acre site of the ""Gibraltar of the West"", a major American Civil War Battle of Belmont, a Confederate Fort of Columbus, a significant strategic site for both North and South in gaining and keeping control of the Mississippi River. Take the interpretive trail through some of the most intricate hand-built trench systems. Some trenches are more than 20 feet deep and kept the Union troops from attacking by land. View the massive chain and anchor the South stretched across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, to block the passage of Union gunboats and supply vessels, and the ""Lady Polk,"" a giant experimental cannon named for Polk's wife. At 10 ft long and 15,000 pounds, the imposing gun with 128-pound conical projectiles could fire up to three miles. Ulysses S. Grant was the Union General who forced the evacuation of the Confederates in 1862. This fortification was the site of the 1861 Battle of Belmont, a raid fought to test the strength of the Confederate stronghold. Facilities include 38 campsites with utility hookups, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, 4 picnic shelters, playground, hiking trails, activity center, meeting rooms, dance floor, stage, banquet facilities, kitchen, miniature golf course, historic sites, museum, snack bar, gift shop, and interpretive displays are all available.


Dorena-Hickman Ferry

One of the few remaining riverboat ferries in the United States and the only operating ferry crossing the Mississippi River between Missouri and Kentucky. Ride the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the wonder and beauty of the Mighty Mississippi and America's Heartland, an area rich in heritage and natural beauty.


Fulton Railroader Baseball

Member of the Ohio Valley Collegiate Baseball League. Come, enjoy your summertime playing home games at Lohaus Field in Fulton. Lohaus Field - 101 Thedford Street, Fulton, Kentucky 42041. Covered Grandstand offering excellent views of the entire playing field with eight overhead fans circulating for summertime comfort. Two open-air patio decks between each dugout and lower deck, bring a lawn chair and sit close to the action for general admission price. There are 300 bleacher seats in the Grandstand available for general admission. Reserved box seats consist of 92 chairs on the first 3 rows of the Grandstand. The seats are close to the action, behind home plate and down each foul line. A party deck located in left field is available for group rental that want to BBQ their own food and enjoy the game from a field perspective. Concession stand refreshmnets are available for purchase. The field uses an electronic scoreboard and is well lighted for night games. Ample parking areas around the field, with handicap accessible and wheelchair accommodations. Please contact 270.472.0843 for details and group reservations.


Golf Courses

Country Club, Fulton County

  • 9307 State Line Road, S.Fulton, TN 38257-7700
  • 731- 479-3016

Country Club, Hickman

  • 2779 Ky 125, Hickman, KY 42050
  • 270-236-9128

Country Club, Oak Hill Recreation

  • 1125 US Hwy 51 North, Clinton, KY 42031
  • 270-653-6001

Libraries & Genealogical & Historical Societies

Genealogical Society, Fulton County

  • PO Box 1031, Fulton, Kentucky 42041
  • 731-479-9726
  • Contact: Joan Livingston

Genealogical Society, Hickman County Historical

Carnegie Library Museum & Visitor Center Library

  • 808 Moscow Ave, Hickman, KY 42050
  • (270) 236-2902

Fulton County Public Library

Hickman County Memorial Library

  • 209 Mayfield Road, Clinton, KY, 42031
  • 270-653-2225

Hickman Kentucky Public Library

  • 902 Moscow Avenue, Hickman, KY 42050
  • 270-236-2464

Mississippi River Boat Ramps

Columbus-Belmont State Park Boat Ramp

Near 78 Riverside Drive, Columbus, KY 42032

Elvis J. Stahr Harbor, aka Hickman Harbor

220 Mengel Road, Hickman, KY 42050, located at Mile 922 just off the Mississippi River in Hickman, Kentucky, with several acres of water frontage both within the harbor limits and along the river. The Harbor is named for native Elvis Stahr who was the Secretary of the Army under President John F. Kennedy during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and Cuban missile crisis. Stahr also was the President of the National Audubon Society, along with serving as President of West Virginia University and the University of Indiana. He was a Rhodes Scholar who is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


Museums

Carnegie Library Museum & Visitor Center

A restored 1906 Carnegie Library Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on the bluffs at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Bayou de Chien providing a spectacular scenic view of Missouri and Kentucky. Significant resources for visitors eager to gather information on the rich history of river and rail transportation, the American Civil War and Mississippian Era culture. The Carnegie Library Museum is strategically located as a southern portal visitor center for travelers coming from Missouri and the Tennessee’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
  • 808 Moscow Ave, Hickman, KY 42050
  • (270) 236-2902

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Campground, Snack Shop & Museum

On the Kentucky shores of the Mississippi River is a 156 acre site of the ""Gibraltar of the West"", a major American Civil War Battle of Belmont, a Confederate Fort of Columbus, a significant strategic site for both North and South in gaining and keeping control of the Mississippi River. Take the interpretive trail through some of the most intricate hand-built trench systems. Some trenches are more than 20 feet deep and kept the Union troops from attacking by land. View the massive chain and anchor the South stretched across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, to block the passage of Union gunboats and supply vessels, and the ""Lady Polk,"" a giant experimental cannon named for Polk's wife. At 10 ft long and 15,000 pounds, the imposing gun with 128-pound conical projectiles could fire up to three miles. Ulysses S. Grant was the Union General who forced the evacuation of the Confederates in 1862. This fortification was the site of the 1861 Battle of Belmont, a raid fought to test the strength of the Confederate stronghold. Facilities include 38 campsites with utility hookups, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, 4 picnic shelters, playground, hiking trails, activity center, meeting rooms, dance floor, stage, banquet facilities, kitchen, miniature golf course, historic sites, museum, snack bar, gift shop, and interpretive displays are all available.

African American Illinois Central Workers of the Historic Fulton Kentucky Railroad Station Project

Preserving history for thousands of African Americans who worked the nation’s railroad and changed history where history records the Illinois Central Railroad as one of the nation’s greatest employers of African Americans. The Project is housed at the Twin Cities Railroad Museum, www.tcrailroadmuseum.org, where numerous displays and demonstrations of historical and current area trains including the Illinois Central and Canadian National lines.
  • 700 Milton Counce Drive, S. Fulton, 38257
  • 731-514-1663
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Hickman County Museum

Showcases the history of the county from the time of the Native American Mound Builders, around 1200 A.D., up to today. Volunteers on site for individual and group tours

Open Wednesdays, 1-4pm or by appointment by calling Mary Ann for more information at 270-994-5530.

  • 221 E Clay Street, Clinton, KY, 42031
  • 270-653-6187

Warren Thomas Black History Museum & Church

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1979. The church, built by slaves in 1890, became Kentucky's first black history museum in 1992. Being known as the first black church of Hickman, Kentucky, was organized in 1867 by a group of newly freed slaves, with leader and organizer Warren Thomas. Rufus Atwood, President of Kentucky State University for 38 years, attended church and school here. Rufus Atwood was a WWI Bronze Star hero for his actions in France in 1918. Atwood would later become President of Kentucky State University for 33 years. He is noted as one of Kentucky's most famous African American citizens for his work in equal education for African-American students in a time of deep segregation. Atwood served as President during the terms of 8 Kentucky Governors and once visited with President Harry Truman at the White House to plead his case for equal education. He was born in Hickman and is buried in Frankfort, KY after his passing in 1983 at the age of 86. He was the subject of a book written on his life, called "A Black Educator in the Segregated South".
  • 603 Moulton Street, Hickman, KY 42050
  • For Tours Call 270-236-2423

Parks & Walking Trails

* denotes playground equipment onsite

*Blair Street Park

KY Hwy 1826, Clinton, KY 42031

Bennie Gordon Memorial Park

Martin Luther King Drive, Fulton, KY, 4204

*Columbus-Belmont State Park & Trails

350 Park Road, Columbus, KY 4203

*Fulgham Community Park & Trail

State Route 58 East, Clinton, KY, 42031

*Fulton City Park

Browder Street, Fulton, KY, 42041

Harrison Street Park

Harrison Street, Hickman, KY, 42050

Hickman Bluff Overlook Park at Carnegie Museum

McConnell Street, Hickman, KY, 42050

Hickman City Park/Jeff Green Memorial Park

Bernal Street, Hickman, KY, 42050

Hickman County Athletic Park

James Phillips Drive, Clinton, KY 4203

Hickman County Park/Fairgrounds

US Hwy 51 North, Clinton, KY, 42031

Hickman KY Bluff Overlook Park aka Harold Coffey Park

behind 808 Moscow Ave, Hickman, KY 4205

Hickman KY Downtown Park & Seawall Murals

Floyd Keith Park, Riverfront Drive, Hickman, KY

Lewis Weaks Memorial Park

Highland Drive, Fulton, KY, 42041

Park Street City Park

Park Street, Hickman, KY, 42050

Pontotoc Park

Lake Street, Fulton, KY, 42041

Riceville Park

Earl Street, Fulton, KY, 42041

*Rotary Park

101 Kimbo Street, Clinton, KY 42031

Terry Norman Park

Walnut Street, Fulton, KY, 42041

Weak Nature Trail

across from 700 Stephen Beale Drive, Fulton, KY, 42041

Trails

Trail of Tears - The Benge Route

Named for John Benge who led a detachment of approximately 1,100 Cherokee with 60 wagons and 600 horses on a route to Oklahoma by way of Tennessee near Dukedom, Tennessee through Hickman County, Kentucky and into Missouri and Arkansas. The group arrived in Columbus, Kentucky in mid-November 1838, and awaited transport across the Mississippi river by ferry to Belmont, Missouri.

Directions:

  1. Follow the signage starting at Columbus-Belmont State Park
    350 Park Road, Columbus, KY 42031
    (270) 677-2327
    Intersection of Benge Land Route and Water Blue Way Route of the Trail of Tears
  2. Following the signage at Pontotoc Park, Fulton KY on KY/Tn Stateline Road 129 approximately 8-miles to Cavender Road (leaving Fulton County, Crossing into Hickman County, see Historical Marker Pioneer Spirit, shortly on the left onto Cavender Road) following signs to Columbus-Belmont State Park.

Historical Significance:
The John Benge detachment, with some 1100 Cherokee heading west toward Indian Territory, arrived at this spot (via present-day State Highway 58) in mid-November 1838. Since the early 1820s a Mississippi River ferry had been operating between the present-day Columbus community and the site of Belmont, Missouri. Given the large size of Capt. Benge’s detachment, however, participants doubtless spent several days in and around the ferry landing (present-day Columbus-Belmont State Park Boat Ramp) and camped both along the road and in a large semicircle surrounding the landing. In a later period, the park area witnessed the construction of Confederate fortifications; these were later occupied by Union forces. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, a raid fought to test the strength of the Confederate stronghold, marked the opening of the Union’s Western Campaign. The Cherokee spent several days camped around the ferry landing in the area of Columbus-Belmont State Park. The Benge Detachment is the only detachment out of the 13 that went overland that came through Hickman County, Kentucky. The Benge detachment was comprised of over 1,100 men, women, and children, with horses, buggies and wagons with supplies taking 10-days to cross the Mississippi River at Columbus “Iron Banks” by ferryboat.

Available Facilities:
The state park has varied facilities including trails, a Civil War museum, a campground, and picnic shelters. Exhibits: Several historical markers are located on the property, as well as various exhibits in the park museum; present interpretation is focused on the Civil War battle and the fortifications.
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For more information contact:
Kentucky TOTA Chapter
Alice Murphree
2380 Edwards Mill Rd
Hopkinsville KY 42240
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Useful Links

Kentucky Ohio River Civil War Heritage Trail

The Kentucky Ohio River Civil War Heritage Trail is a heritage byway that utilizes 132 miles of US 60 between Wickliffe, KY and Henderson, KY. The route highlights Civil War activities in western Kentucky and will encompass six counties, some 20 communities, three Renaissance cities and numerous National Register districts. Interpretive markers are placed at 32 stops along the trail.Click here for more information about Kentucky Ohio River Civil War Heritage Trail.


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Mississippi River Trails of Kentucky

Hickman County River Trials on Bluff Road
36.744733N, 89.104352W, In Hickman County, Columbus, Kentucky, leaving Columbus on KY58 East take Ky123 turning righ ton to Bluff Road. Drive slow to see river views, traverse Bluff Road to Kough Road to quickly return to KY123, or continue south on Bluff Road to view more river bottom land traveling to Hickman, KY on Hickman Toad 36.669884N, 89.122785W crossing in to Fulton County on Upper Bottom Road 36.63617N, 89.123471W until you reach Jeff Green Memorial Park on Bernal Street.

Fulton County River Trails | Hickman, KY
Beginning at Bernal Street, passing the Jeff Green Memorial Park, continue on Upper Bottom Road 36.636178N, 89.123471W to Hickman County line on Hickman Road 36.669884N, 89.122785W reaching Bluff Road 36.3744733N, 89.104352W, to Ky123 to Columbus Ky

Mississippi River Trail Bike Tour (MRT) - Canada to Gulf
The Mississippi River Trail, coursing along America’s backbone, the Mississippi River, from its headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, offering approximately 3,000 miles of on-road bikeways and pedestrian and bicycle pathways for the recreational enjoyment, health, conservation and tourism development of river communities, river states, and the nation.
mississippirivertrail.org

Kentucky Great River Road National Scenic Byway

From Hickman, Fulton County, Kentucky to Wickliffe, Ballard County— Old Man River, Father of Waters, “body of a nation,” Big Muddy: By any name, the mighty Mississippi River cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape. Read Mark Twain, listen to Showboat and dream of a trip down the Mississippi River or do what Huck Finn would have done if he’d had a driver’s license – travel alongside the Mississippi on the Great River Road, visiting shops, restaurants, and historical finds along the way.

The GRR changes direction often, crosses the river whenever it can, lingers in towns every other Interstate road has forgotten, and altogether offers a perfect analog to floating downstream. The GRR spares fleets of hurtling super-ton trucks and the Interstate parade of franchised familiarity, and rewards you with twice the local color, flavor, and wildlife (two- and four-legged) found along any alternate route. Lest these tangibles be taken too much for granted, every so often the GRR will skip over to a freeway for a stretch to help you sort your preferences. Savor, and enjoy.

Wildlife Refuge, Management Areas & Lakes

Visit the federal wildlife refuge and the two designated wildlife management areas in our twocounty region to access opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, offroading and so much more.

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

  • Phone: (731) 538-2481
  • Contact: Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, 4343 Hwy. 157, Union City, TN 38261. Owned by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Size: Fulton County ( 2,043 acres); Tennessee 8,000 acres)
  • Entrance GPS Coordinates: Latitude N 36.80145, Longitude W -89.0932
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On KY 94 west of Hickman, Kentucky; adequate trails within area. Flat river bottomland, mixture of woods and cleared areas. Special hunting regulations and seasons. Observation platform near main entrance to Long Point Refuge off county road 1282 and KY 311. Offering historical and wildliferelated exhibits, the visitor center, located between Samburg and Union City, Tenn. on Hwy. 157 and east of Walnut Log, is open weekends, January-mid-March.

DOUG TRAVIS WMA – HICKMAN COUNTY

  • Phone: (270) 488-3233
  • Size: 4,132 acres
  • Elevation: Minimum 280 feet, Maximum 456 feet
  • Area Habitat: Mostly forest: open land 28%, forest 37%, wetland 19%, open water 17%.
  • Entrance GPS Coordinates: Latitude N 36.80145, Longitude W -89.09328
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Doug Travis WMA located in Hickman County along the Mississippi River. Bottomland hardwood forest, cypress sloughs, moist-soil units and cropland. Several oxbow lakes for fishing from bank or small boats. Great blue heron rookery. Populations of deer, turkey, squirrel, furbearers and waterfowl exist on the area. Open to statewide hunting regulations, except special regulations apply for waterfowl hunting on portions of the area. Portions of the area are closed to all access Nov. 1-March 15. Owned by Ky. Dept. Fish and Wildlife Resources.

OBION CREEK WMA – FULTON COUNTY

  • Phone: (270) 488-3233
  • Size: 4,258 acres
  • Elevation: Minimum 278 feet, Maximum 398 feet/li>
  • Area Habitat: Mostly wetland: open land 6%, forest 14%, wetland 71%, open water 9%
  • Entrance GPS Coordinates: Latitude N 36.63167, Longitude W -89.1264
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Obion Creek WMA spans across Hickman and Fulton counties ( 4,258 acres); (270) 488-3233. Wallace Tract (1099 acres) is west of Hwy. 307 at Obion Creek bridge. Bottomland hardwood swamp. Travis Slough Tract (329 acres), accessible by County Road 1124 south of HWY 80 and west of Milburn, has good numbers of waterfowl during wet winters, as does Mathis Tract (760 acres). From HWY 80 turn south onto 307. Go 6.5 miles to 703, turn west and go 1 mile to Conner Road. Turn north and go for 1.6 miles to Edgar Road. From here travel north. 5 miles to Bugg Road. The property is 1.5 miles north. L.E. Schaaf Tract (1199 acres), Fulton County, off Upper Bottom Road, north of Hickman. Wintering bald eagles. Letourneau Woods Tract, Fulton County, 870 acres of old growth hardwood forest, seasonal flooding. Access from Wilson Access, off Upper Bottom Road. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, portions purchased with funds from the Heritage Lands Conservation Fund Board. The Obion Creek State Nature Preserve east of HWY 307 is closed to hunting.

Hamby Pond

Entrance GPS Coordinates: Latitude 36.548988W Longitude 89.290189N
From Hickman, KY travel KY94 West to KY311 to Olney Johnson Road to Hamby Pond (only a few miles from Reel National Wildlife Refuge), 1120 Hamby Pond Road, Hickman, KY 42050

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