Tourism

​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 Information 
Open Friday 2-5 p.m.
Saturday 2-5 p.m.
Private tours by appointment
Contact Chris Lueken at 502-418-5045
 
Dining in Historic West Point, Kentucky
 
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 Cafe
Plate lunches, sandwiches, salads & desserts
401 South Street, West Point, KY 40177
502-922-4414
Monday, closed
Located in the historic West Point Railroad Hotel

Entertainment in Historic West Point, Kentucky

 

Dixie Jamboree at West Point
Live Entertainment
407 South Street West Point, KY 40177
http://www.dixiejamboreeatwestpoint.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.

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

 

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:
www.fortduffield.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: info@fortduffield.com

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

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

Tioga Falls and Bridges to the Past trails are officially closed until 

futher notice. 

For more information call Fort Knox Environmental Management Division

(502) 624-3629


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
502-922-4414
502-922-3951
www.wpstarcafe.com/granny.html