South Central Region
Explore Russelville's oldest factory, the Caldwell Saddle Factory built in 1810 by Andrew and David Caldwell. Unique to its construction are the 13' wide windows designed to allow two men to work by the light of each. Indentured apprentices were housed on the third floor where written on one of the walls are the words, "Two years from today, I will be free. 1812".
This 1823 dwelling is one of 12 German stone houses in Kentucky. It is furnished with period antiques and has a detached kitchen and beautiful gardens. The name and dates of 444 early settlers are embroidered on a quilt.
For more than 30 years, the Foothills Festival has been one of the best fall festivals in the state with people coming from miles to enjoy good food, music and arts and crafts. As always, the festival begins during the third weekend in October, and offers a wide variety or fun, entertainment and southern, country food.
Ride a roller coaster at Beech Bend Amusement Park. The amusement park offers dozens of rides including the top-rated Kentucky Rumbler wooden coaster, mini-golf, games of skill and luck, go-carts and live entertainment daily. Park admission also includes Splash Lagoon Water Park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and Tiki Island slides and tipping bucket plus a giant leisure pool, Raging Rapids water slides and Lotta Watta Island.
Nestled among the hills and winding creeks of Casey County is a community of serene beauty, country roads and some of the kindest folks you will ever meet. The Mennonite community in the South Fork area brings with its way of life the essence of a simpler time of long ago. Many businesses, points of interest and breathtaking scenic views are sure to inspire each visitor.
Visit Chaney's Dairy, a working dairy farm that also serves some of the most delicious homemade ice cream and other treats . Stay for tours and fun on the farm at this wonderful example of a Kentucky family farm.
Established in 1794, Greensburg features many historic buildings, such as the old Presbyterian Church and log cabin. Be sure to see the Old Courthouse that was built in 1802. The town has some unique features, such as the foot bridge that connects the public square to the historic L&N Railroad Depot. Downtown has been designated a National Historic District.
A portion of Monroe County can be reached from Tompkinsville only by crossing the Cumberland River on a ferry, which connects two segments of KY214 and leads to the scenic Turkey Neck Bend area. Located at McMillan’s Landing, which was at one time considered one of the finest steamboat landings along the upper Cumberland River, this free ferry is the only state-operated ferry in Kentucky and runs 24/7
View Dale Hollow State Resort Park and Trooper Island from Eagle Point Trail, one of the best views in the park.
Walk among the dinosaurs at Dinosaurs World. Go back in time - see over 150 life size dinosaurs at Dinosaur World! Dig for fossils and keep three at the Fossil Dig. Pan for real minerals and gems at the Dino Gem Excavation. Put your paleontology fieldwork knowledge to the test at the Boneyard and uncover a life size stegosaurus skeleton from under the sand.
Learn how to play disc golf in Bowling Green at Lovers Lane Recreation Complex, complete with an 18-Hole Disc Golf Course. Home of the SKY Soccer Club, this state-of-the-art complex features the first TVA solar power array in Kentucky and the first commercial solar installation in Bowling Green.
The annual Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival/5K is an excellent place to enjoy the beautiful fall weather in south central Kentucky and visit with old friends, make new ones, and have a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade and a fried apple pie while walking amid dozens of talented craft vendors, food booths, and children walking around in their Halloween costumes. You can also buy your Halloween pumpkin while you're here!
Morgantown has one of only two monuments dedicated to soldiers of both Confederate and Union armies that died in the Civil War, and it is located at the county courthouse. It's known as the Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in Morgantown. The Charles Black City Park, is home to the annual Green River Catfish Festival held the week of July 4.
Zip line and rappel at Hidden River Cave, one of Kentucky's largest & most scenic historic cave entrances where two subterranean rivers flow over one-hundred feet below ground.
This 1925 structure has been restored and revived to house a two-story museum where visitors can learn the history of the tracks by asking questions of a 'real Railroader' like a Pullman Porter, an L&N Cook, and a Conductor through state-of-the art interactive galleries. Historical exhibits include "Segregation and the Railroad," "The Great Locomotive Chase," and "The Civil War and the Railroad."
The Historic Star Theater is a 1940's era movie house that has been completely renovated into a beautiful community theater for live stage performances. Stage plays and musical events occur throughout each year. Feel the magic at this wonderful historic Playhouse.
The Homeplace borders the Green River/Tebbs Bend Nature and Recreation Area, Civil War campground and battle field, the 227 acre working farm demonstrates hay, corn, soybean, and tobacco production. The farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and has an 1803 house and 1850's barn.
One of Pulaski County’s early entrepreneurs, Abe Goldenberg, launched his family furniture business at this location back in 1904. Today, Jarfly Brewing Company is proud to reopen the doors of this historic downtown retail hub and begin a new tradition devoted to a traditional craft — brewing local beer.
Designed by PGA touring pro Kenny Perry, this par 72 public golf course is set in a rolling countryside located beside a quiet creek and can be seen from Interstate 65. The golf course features a practice range, a fully stocked pro shop with a full line of all major brands of equipment; a spacious clubhouse; and snack-bar.
Pet a Kangaroo and see a large collection of Australian animals at this delightful zoo. You can really go 'Down Under' and explore Mammoth Onyx Cave that was discovered by a young girl in 1799! Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo is a fun, informative and a hands-on adventure animal park.
The state is full of lakes that lend themselves to this pleasant pastime, offering a vast number of coves and fingers that allow houseboats to tie up or anchor away from the main channel and provide boaters with a peaceful, secluded atmosphere. Lake Cumberland alone boasts some 10 marinas that specialize in renting these commodious craft to vacationers who crave laid-back quality time on the water with family and friends.
Take a boat ride thru Lost River Cave, Kentucky’s only underground boat tour! Begin with a stroll in the tree-covered valley as guides share tales of the mysterious blue hole and disappearing Civil War soldiers.
Check this off your bucket list - a trip to the world's longest known cave system, found right here in Kentucky. In the south-central region of the state, Mammoth Cave National Park attracts curiosity seekers from around the world. With more than 400 miles of caves explored, the vast chambers and complex labyrinths earned it the name mammoth.
2017 will be the 24th year for the festival which has become a staple as the premier summer event in the Lake Cumberland Region. Past performers include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Misty Mountain String Band, James McMurtry, Dale Ann Bradley and many more.
Watch corn being ground at the historic Mill Springs Grist Mill. Constructed in 1877, this historic grist mill is listed on the national register of historic places. Corn is ground Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 2pm, in season. Tour the mill, have a picnic, stroll through the woods and relax while taking in the scenic view.
The Battle of Mill Springs was the first Union victory in the western theater of the American Civil War. The Battlefield extends from Nancy, KY (historically known as Logan's Crossroads) to Mill Springs, KY a distance of about 9 miles. There is a Visitors Center and Museum in Nancy which offers information regarding history of the battle, the driving tour of the Battlefield, artifacts and interpretative exhibits, a video presentation and hospitality services.
See the sinkhole exhibit at the National Corvette Museum along with over 70 Corvettes in periodic settings including mint classics, prototypes, rare finds and racing champs.
Octagon Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was used during the Civil War by Confederate and also Federal troops, it served as a Civil War hospital. Built prior to the Civil War, it is now site of the Octagon Hall Museum & Kentucky Confederate Studies Archive.
Make friends with retired thoroughbreds at Old Friends. Bring your family to visit retired race horses up close. Feed them carrots, take some photos and visit the gift shop. Old Friends at Kentucky Downs is a satellite facility of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY.
The Old Mulkey Meetinghouse is a log church erected in 1804, making it one of the oldest freestanding log meeting houses in the Commonwealth. Adjacent to the Old Mulkey Meeting House is a pioneer cemetery with the graves of many Revolutionary War soldiers, Kentucky pioneers and Hannah Boone (Daniel’s sister).
View the sand hill crane migration at Barren River State Resort Park. Each year thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate. The lake’s exposed mud flats in winter provide the birds with a perfect spot to rest and socialize as they settle in for the night.
Visit the historic Main Street of Scottsville. The state main street program is one of the oldest in the nation and celebrates the commerce and history of Kentucky small towns. Scottsville is a city of diverse arts, shopping and culture, outdoor recreation and natural beauty, visitors will enjoy Scottsville's convenient location "naturally inviting" surroundings.
The ShakeRag Historic District in the downtown Bowling Green area is recognized for its significance to African-American history. Located along the north end of State Street, it was placed on the National Register and stands as a physical reminder of the accomplishments the community made during times of social and economic hardship.
The Shaker Museum, found in the 40-room 1824 Centre House, is filled with scores of original artifacts exemplifying the Shakers' fine craftmanship. The architecture of the Centre House is pure Shaker; its double room doors and staircases illustrate the Shaker practice of separating the sexes. South Union was one of 24 villages established by the Shakers.
Visit this historic site of the beginning of the Great Revival of 1800 and of the First Camp Meeting in the World on the third Sunday in June 1800. Built as a Presbyterian Church, a replica of the log Church has been constructed on the site and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Spend the night at Wigwam Village. Wigwam Village is an impressive sight and is truly a monument to one man’s American dream that came true. The main building, made up of 38 tons of concrete and 13 tons of steel, stands 52 feet high.
Take a tumble at Zorb KY, the longest known zorb ball trail in the United States at over 1,100 feet long!