National Geographic project to promote Mississippi River counties

People from around our area welcomed National Geographic on Thursday to the activity center at Columbus-Belmont State Park. The magazine wants to promote Kentucky’s four Mississippi river counties.

The Indian Campground in Arlington, Kentucky, has been giving people a place to enjoy the outdoors for the last three years.

"It’s just a good place to be," said the campground’s owner Gene Bolin.

Bolin says it’s also costing him tens of thousands of dollars, and at this point he’s not making any profits from it.

"It’s been one large money pit so far, but we have hopes," Bolin said.

National Geographic wants to promote Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman Counties by adding them to a website dedicated to helping tourists find attractions along the Mississippi river.

"These beautiful counties are part of the overall experience we hope to promote along the Mississippi River," said Simon Jones, Vice President of National Geographic’s partner company Solimar International.

Jones visited with people in the area Thursday to get their ideas for the website.

Right now the goal is getting you to submit information about your favorite places to visit. Some nominations are already coming in like one for Columbus Belmont State Park.

"This entire program is about local people telling their story," Jones said.

Jones says the goal is to have all the information in and content on the website by June.

"I may never see a profit out of it, but maybe my family will, my kids," Bolin said.

Bolin hopes it can draw more people to the area and boosts business at his campground.

 If you want to nominate your favorite place to be featured on the website, go to the Mississippi River Geotourism Project’s Website or facebook page.

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