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Western Region

Western Region


If you took a step back in time and walked downtown Main Street before the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, you would find the same buildings dominating the city. After all these years the important elements of the city and county landscape still remain. The present day courthouse, completed in 1922 stands today, both serving as a center of county government and a witness to times past. Buildings built before we were born are reminiscent of days gone by, and yet they remain the basic building blocks of the city and its landscape.


Are you looking to re-locate or vacation in a peaceful, friendly, “just the right size town?” If so, visit Central City, Kentucky, where small town hospitality abounds, a rich musical heritage originates, and an eclectic environment supplies your every need!


Columbus is a Hickman County town on the Mississippi River. It was established in 1804 as Iron Banks, named for the towering river banks, and incorporated as Columbus, for the explorer, in 1820. Columbus is the site of Columbus-Belmont State Park, with 2.5 miles of self-guided interpretive trails. There is an outdoor experience that will satisfy everyone!


Fulton is located in the Jackson Purchase region of Western Kentucky. The city is situated on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. Fulton is served by the Purchase Parkway, which connects to Interstate 24. Reelfoot Lake and National Wildlife Refuge, Kentucky Lake and State Park, Lake Barkley State Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area and Columbus-Belmont Battlefield State Park are all within an hour’s drive.


Home of John James Audubon State Park, the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Bluegrass in the Park & Folklife Festival, one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country and still free! And the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area, with nearly 10,000 acres of absolute paradise for the sportsman and the nature lover.


The city of Hopkinsville, the seat of Christian County, is located a short drive from Land Between the Lakes; Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park; Nashville, TN; Fort Campbell, KY; Paducah, KY; and Evansville, IN, Hopkinsville has tremendous access to the arts, cultural and sporting events, shopping, and recreational opportunities while maintaining a strong sense of local community.


In the heart of Western Kentucky is the grandeur of two dams, only two miles apart, which create two of the largest man made lakes in the nation: Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Sailors and anglers alike will find their haven on these lakes. Land Between the Lakes was naturally formed between the two lakes to create an outdoor playground. Try renting a houseboat or pontoon at one of the many marinas for a great vacation. Come see the splendor of Western Kentucky for yourself.


Scenic Downtown Madisonville boasts brick sidewalks and lamp-lighted streets that lead to many quaint shops and inviting eateries. This beautiful downtown area is the product of a community revitalization effort. Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College presents works of national and international acclaim. In addition, this facility includes the Anne P. Baker Gallery with exhibits throughout the year.


In Mayfield, you’ll find the kind of Western Kentucky charm indicative of the entire region. It is here you can take a journey into the past through a canopy of tree-lined country lanes, over one-lane bridges, past wandering creeks and lush pastures in the countryside. You’ll be captivated by the abundance of antique gallerias as well as homespun haunts and restaurants to be found in the barns and backdoors of people all around the Purchase. Nature trails, vast sparkling lakes and lush forests set the stage for your Purchase excursion adding an outdoor alternative for the adventuresome.


Morganfield is the site of Abraham Lincoln’s only political speech in the Bluegrass State. Browse Morganfield’s shoppes for gifts, good restaurants, and places to stay overnight. For outdoor fun go fishing or camping at a nearby lake or park, or just take a short day trip through our scenic countryside.


Take the time to relax and enjoy a stay in beautiful Murray, Kentucky. This western Kentucky town has much to offer to both visitors and new residents. In Murray and the surrounding areas, you will find a variety of recreational activities and entertaining events to keep you occupied year round. We invite you to partake in everything from concerts and fabulous theatre productions to antique shopping and sporting events. Murray also offers a friendly atmosphere filled with comfortable accommodations, a wide variety of restaurants, unique shops, and stunning scenery. Come enjoy the friendly faces and a warm Kentucky welcome on a fun and relaxing adventure to Murray!


Oak Grove is located off I-24 on the boundaries of Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee and is noted to be one of the fastest growing cities in Kentucky.


RiverPark Center, a performing arts and civic center, boasts a 1,500 seat multi-purpose auditorium, and experimental theatre, a riverfront plaza, and the International Bluegrass Museum. Each year the RiverPark Center hosts over 150 performance events and 900 civic events. Carpenter and Kingfisher lakes offer a fine arena for the fisherman, and other water sports may be enjoyed on the Ohio River.


Feel the movement in this vibrant river town, located off Interstate 24 in Western Kentucky. Visit the Lower Town studios/galleries and discover objects d’art you’ll treasure and meet the artists who created them. The elegant displays in the Museum of the American Quilter’s society highlight the vigorous rebirth of quiltmaking that began in the 1970’s. The River Heritage Museum, a “Save America’s Treasures” project, features interactive exhibits that tell the stories of the four rivers region. Just around the corner, the Carson Center boasts a year-round performance schedule featuring big name entertainers and professional traveling productions. Explore the heart of historic downtown while strolling along tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks that take you past 19th-century buildings filled with antiques, boutiques, coffee and specialty shops, one-of-a-kind eateries and more.


Our community is centrally located less than a half hour’s drive from a wildlife refuge and recreation area operated by the USDA Forest Service and from two state resorts built around lakes accessible for boating, swimming, fishing and other recreational opportunities. The community is home to numerous historic sites and viewing opportunities, including Adsmore Museum, the Amoss House Museum (a circa 1857 antebellum mansion), Newsom’s Old Mill Store (home of the nationally renowned Col. Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Ham), the Caldwell County Railroad Museum, Civil War traces, the Cherokee Trail of Tears and a downtown commercial district listed on the National Register of Historic Districts.