Tag: KY

Rail Explorers – Bluegrass

For the end of the month, and to celebrate Pam’s birthday, we traveled to Salvisa, KY and stayed at Cummins Ferry Campground. A very nice, but expensive campground. The pool was closed, and it was too cold to enjoy the river and outdoor activities.

This location was all so we could ride the rails with Rail Explorers; something that Pam has wanted to do for a long time.

We spent 2 hours travelling 8 miles (round trip) on “eBike” like rail trolley traveling through the picturesque Kentucky countryside. Passing the thoroughbred horse farms and descending into deep cuts through the limestone hills. Pam brought drinks and snack to enjoy at the turnaround area on the cliffs above the Kentucky River gorge.

We really enjoyed our experience and will probably do it again elsewhere in the country. The video turned out nice, and Pam recorded the return trip as a timelapse video. They use a 1973 Airstream as their gift shop. All the people were great.

Visits: 82

Northern Kentucky

We spent the last week+ moving around northern Kentucky. We started out at Riverfront Park in Bradenberg. A nice city park right on the Ohio River. Simple and peaceful with a nice walks. The park has a confederate monument that was moved from Louisville when they no longer wanted it and were going to relocate it. We enjoyed pizza at Jailhouse Pizza which was just outside the park. We drove to Fort Knox but there is not much to see or do. No tours and they were very strict on pictures. The depository is surprisingly small.

We then traveled to Cave City, to see Mammoth Cave National Park. We took the Extended Historical Tour. This was a 2 mile walk through the main cave. Although huge, not an impressive hike. We would recommend taking one of the other hikes.

The second day, we rode the Mammoth Cave Railway Bike Trail on our Blix eBikes. This was a 20-mile round trip ride. What a great bike ride in the fall. Calm and beautiful.

Next we travelled to Bardstown, Kentucky. But on the way, we stopped to visit Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site. A small and simple national park but worth a 1 hour stop to visit.

Bardstown is known as the Bourbon Captial of the World and named America’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by Rand McNally. It is a very nice town to walk around. We had lunch at the old Talbott Tavern. We went to Scout and Scholar Brewery for a local beer. Stopped at Hurst Discount Drug to have a shake at the old-fashioned counter.

We visited Heaven Hill Distillery where they make many of the top bourbons in the world. Although we are in no way bourbon connoisseurs, we did their “Whiskey Connoisseur Experience” where we learned about and sampled 5 of their top whiskeys and bourbons. From 90 proof up to 133 proof – Wowzah that is strong stuff.

Visits: 48

Paducah, Kentucky

Pam and I are staying the night at Fern Lake Campground and RV Park in Paducah, Kentucky. Nice site on the bank of a lake. We are camped under a huge oak tree.

We went to the old downtown where they have an impressive series of murals on the flood wall along the Illinois River. This river town needs more than 1 evening to discover all its riches.

Visits: 51

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