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South Central Region
South Central Region
During the Civil War, Bowling Green was the Confederate Capital of Kentucky and is now known at the Corvette Captial of the World. It’s historic downtown dates back to 1798. Some points of interest are the Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science, which features hands-on exhibits for children. The Corvette Museum and Kentucky Museum showcase much of Kentucky’s history through photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and an original log home decorated with authentic 1830’s furnishings.
The community was originally settled at the juncture of the Cumberland River and the South Fork River. It was called Point Isabele, the town was renamed for General Ambrose Burnside who established a camp there during the war. A sign at the edge of town declares Burnside “Birthplace of Boy Scouts of America” and an official state historical society marker commemorates the troop. In 2005, Burnside became the only town in Pulaski County to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in qualified establishments. Since then, Burnside annexed several miles of shoreline along lake Cumberland in order to include Lee’s Ford Marina, allowing it to sell alcohol.
Campbellsville and Taylor County are located in the heart of Central Kentucky. One of the area’s greatest recreational attractions is Green River Lake, which offers some of the finest fishing and boating in the state. Campbellsville is host to one of the biggest 4th of July celebrations in the state. More than 25,000 people turn out for fireworks, country music concerts and more. Historic downtown Campbellsville offers over 190 businesses and services.
Cave City is the gateway to Mammoth Cave National Park, a U.S. Biosphere reserve and a World Heritage Site. There are many above ground attractions including water sports, a Wild West show, zip-lines, horseback riding, miniature golf, go-carts, water slides, several museums and a Downtown Antique and Collectable District. Cave City offers more activities than you can do in one day.
Located 18 miles south of Bowling Green, Franklin was used as a dueling ground by Sam Houston and others until 1827. Because of a surveyor’s mistake and questionable ownership of a piece of land called the Kentucky-Tennessee Triangular Jag, the area was a safe place for duelists to avoid the law.
Your perfect weekend getaway awaits you in Glasgow, Kentucky. Twelve miles south of Glasgow is Barren River Lake State Resort Park. A beautiful 10,000-acre lake, perfect for houseboats and pontoons, surrounded by rolling hills and a 2,000-acre hardwood forest. The Glasgow Highland Games, a Scottish Heritage & Family Celebration, takes place at the end of May. Come enjoy Highland Dancing, Bagpipes, professional and amateur athletics.
From “down home” to “down under” the city of Horse Cave is an intriguing area in Kentucky, featuring two major caves. Horse Cave is home to the Kentucky Repertory Theatre and unique downtown shops and restaurants. At Kentucky Down Under, visitors can explore Kentucky Caverns and experience a bit of the Australian Outback. The American Cave Museum, located in downtown Horse Cave, features state-of-the-art exhibits, complete with living exhibit, Hidden River Cave.
MONROE COUNTY – TOMPKINSVILLE / GAMALIEL / FOUNTAIN RUN
Monroe County is located in the Beautiful Pennyrile Region of Kentucky adjacent to the Tennessee border. The rural county offers great recreational opportunities, particularly along the Cumberland and Barren Rivers, as well as a sense of hospitality that can only be found in the slower-paced lifestyle of rural Kentucky. While in Monroe County, visit Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, one of the oldest churches in the state (also the site of the Heritage Festival), and Mt. Vernon Church, built by freed slaves before the Civil War. You also may want to sample our famous barbecue, watch a game of “rolley-hole,” a marble game unique to the area, or go hunting of fishing in Monroe’s scenic woodlands and waterways.
MONTICELLO / WAYNE COUNTY
Monticello/Wayne County, located on the Heart of Lake Cumberland, offers more ramp access than any other Lake bordering county and all the great recreational opportunities that comes with it. Take a day off the water and enjoy several unique attractions that include Mill Springs Park, which offers unmatched scenic beauty, picnic areas and an overshot waterwheel that is the world’s largest still in operation. Mill Springs Mill is on the National Register of Battlefields and is less than a mile of both the West-Metcalfe House and the Brown-Lanier place, as both served as Civil War headquarters and hospitals. Wayne County has two of the finest commercial marinas on the Lake in Beaver Creek and Conley Bottom; both are ready to serve the needs of water enthusiasts and their families. Come visit Wayne County where families come to stay, play and enjoy the day, or days.
SOMERSET & LAKE CUMBERLAND AREA
Lake Cumberland, one of Kentucky’s largest and most popular lakes, provides anglers and boating enthusiasts with record-breaking fish and breathtaking scenery. With over 1,200 miles of shoreline nestled in the southern region of the state, opportunities abound both on and off the water. The heritage and history of the counties bordering the lake can be discovered at the Mill Springs Civil War Battlefield, the National Cemetery and Mill Springs Park, home of the world’s largest working waterwheel. Restaurants provide cuisine to satisfy all tastes, especially those seeking our “home-style cooking”. Many galleries and museums display artifacts and items distinctive to our region. Cultural interests include theatre productions, annual festivals, car and boat shows and concerts featuring all genres of music. Works of local artisans and craftsmen are readily available at many of the stores in our area. Overnight accommodations range from turn-of-the-century bed and breakfasts to rustic cabins and cottages to state-of-the-art resorts, hotels and motels. Make your plans today to visit with us soon. We’re certain you’ll want to come back. We’re close to home…and not far from Heaven.
Scottsville, located in South Central Kentucky, is a convenient 20 minute drive off I-65, 20 miles south east of Bowling Green, KY, 50 miles north of Nashville, TN, and only 12 miles from beautiful Barren River Lake State Park. As you walk through the revitalized downtown Scottsville with brick sidewalks, park benches, and lamp posts, or drive throughout Allen County, you’ll enjoy the friendly hometown atmosphere, good food, great natural scenery and interesting shops and activities. We’re home of the original Dollar General Store, the newly built Center for Courageous Kids, Barefoot Republic, and Mennonite Community. Scottsville hosts many yearly festivals including the Spring Jacksonian and Grandest Ole Opry, Dumont Hill Civil War reenactment, downtown summer concerts, Invasion of the Scarecrows Festival, Hometown Christmas Festival and Parade.
STEARNS / WHITLEY CITY
Scenic McCreary County is located in southern Kentucky within the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. This affords locals and visitors a unique opportunity to experience, explore and enjoy nature first hand! McCreary County shares Cumberland Falls, the “Niagara of the South”, with neighboring Whitley County. The Falls is the largest south of Niagara Falls and east of the Mississippi and features the only active moonbow in the western hemisphere. We also boast a scenic railway to take you deep into the heart of what once was coal country, two restored coal camps providing tours and cultural and historical programs, and vast offerings in outdoor recreation.