236 Highway 61, Jackson LA 70748
Confederates fortified this bluff above the Mississippi River after the fall of New Orleans in April 1862. By mid-1863, Port Hudson controlled one of the last stretches of the Mississippi River still under Confederate control. The only viable links left to the Trans-Mississippi Confederacy were here and at Vicksburg. While Union Gen. U.S. Grant moved against Vicksburg, Federal forces under Gen. Nathaniel Banks approached Port Hudson and began a siege. After several bloody battles, some involving Union black troops, the Confederate forts at Port Hudson finally fell July 9, 1863.
A visitor center and 6 miles of interpreted trails tell the story. Guided tours are offered.
Open Wednesday-Sunday 9 am–5 pm. $4/adult.