Welcome to the Kentucky Great River Road!

Welcome to the website of Kentucky Great River Road. Here you will find all the exciting events and happenings in the four KY counties bordering the Mississippi River (counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton) and so much more.

Please feel free to browse around and make sure to check our social news profiles to keep updated about the wonderful new ways to visit and enjoy our KY Great River Road National Scenic Byway. We encourage you to explore the natural beauty and historic land marks of our four great counties.

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Slide backgroundA Big River and don't know what to do?Relax! We got your rudder!Discover the Western KY Mississippi Region here!
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Civil War Days at Columbus Belmont State Park in Hickman County.

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Annual Corvette Ride

The Mississippi River is one of the world’s premier natural attractions. It is the largest river in North America and with it’s major tributaries – the Missouri and the Ohio rivers – it boasts an immense watershed spreading south of the Great Lakes from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the Appalachians in the east, covering nearly one-third of the continent and most of the interior of the United States.
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This is the land that the Founding Fathers thought would become a great inland empire with the Mississippi River as its supporting spine. This is the land that determines the boundaries of our nation. This is the critical confluence that had to be held if the Northwest Territories were to become part of the United States. The National Route of the Great River Road provides a continuous roadway parallel to the river from the river’s headwaters in Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the delta in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The road follows the river through ten states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. National designation allowed the Commonwealth of Kentucky to join the other nine Mississippi River states in developing a single continuous route with a common strategy for marketing and management.

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By jointly developing the corridor’s intrinsic resources and coordinating the experiences of tourists, Kentucky can leverage the federal government’s investment in the Great River Road to the advantage of a region in need of economic growth, community development, and environmental conservation.

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Points of Interest Map


We created an interactive directory of points of interest in our 4 river region. Click on the button below to be taken to the directory directly. The directory will open in a new tab/window.

POI Directory Map

Upcoming Community Events

all-day Camper Appreciation, Columbus-Be...
Camper Appreciation, Columbus-Be...
Aug 22 – Aug 24 all-day
August 22-24, 2014, Columbus-Belmont State Park, Camper Appreciation, Columbus-Belmont State Park, 350 Park Road, Columbus, KY 42032, www.parks.ky.gov/stateparks/cb, Contact: Park Manager, 270-677-2327, 4th Weekend August Annually
1:00 PM Blandville Trade Day & Homecoming
Blandville Trade Day & Homecoming
Aug 30 @ 1:00 PM
Blandville Trade Day & Homecoming @ Blandville Rural
August 30, 2914 Annual Blandville Rural Fire Department Trade Day and Homecoming Located at 5422 Bethleham Church Road, Wickliffe, KY 42087.
all-day Hickman Pecan Festival
Hickman Pecan Festival
Sep 6 – Sep 13 all-day
September 6-13, 2014, Hickman Pecan Festival -, www.hickmankytourism.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Hickman-Recreation-and-Tourist-Commission/125857140796162, Hickman, KY 42050, Contact: Charles Choate, (270) 236-9335, Annually (Vendors Onsite)
all-day Fulton Banana Festival
Fulton Banana Festival
Sep 12 – Sep 20 all-day
September 12-20, 2014, Fulton Banana Festival, www.thebananafestival.com/ Fulton, KY 42041, Annually (Vendors Onsite)
8:00 PM Wickliffe Harvest Festival
Wickliffe Harvest Festival
Sep 12 @ 8:00 PM – Sep 14 @ 7:00 PM
September 12-14, 2014/ Wickliffe Harvest Festival, Wickliffe City Park, Wickliffe, KY 42087, Amusement Park Rides starting Thursday, September 12th and end Saturday, September 14th. Sunday, September 15 will feature gospel singing and church-related activities. Vendors[...]
11:00 PM Fulton Banana Festival Grand Ball
Fulton Banana Festival Grand Ball
Sep 12 @ 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
September 12, 2014, Grand Banana Ball at Buck’s Celebration Center with the band, Buck’s Celebration Center 209 W. Stateline, S. Fulton, TN
all-day Arlington Apple Festival
Arlington Apple Festival
Sep 20 – Sep 20 all-day
September 20, 2014, Arlington Apple Festival, https://www.facebook.com/events/424259700953818/; 9:am to 9:pm, Arlington, KY, Contact: Michael Toon, John Lemons and Jada Holder Burgess; The Festival consist of a 5k poker run, apple bake off, beauty contest, Arlington[...]
Sep 20 – Sep 20 all-day
September 20, 2014, BARLOW DAYS, Barlow City Park, Barlow, KY 42024
11:00 PM Dirt Races @ West Kentucky Raceway
Dirt Races @ West Kentucky Raceway
Sep 20 @ 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM
June 21, 2014, West Kentucky Raceway, LLC, US Highway 62, Cunningham, KY 42035, Gates Open at 4:pm, Races start at 6:pm, http://www.westkentuckyraceway.com, 3rd Saturday Monthly

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2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region ...

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region

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2014 Official Calendar of Events and Festivals KY Great River Road Region - Visit KyGreatRiverRoad.org See the listing of activities, events, & festivals located along Kentucky’s western-most border in the only 4-KY counties bordering the Mississippi River: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, and[...]

Music Performances ...

Music Performances

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Schedule of concerts and performances in the KyGreatRiverRoad National Scenic Byway. The Byway includes the four counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, and Fulton. To add a group, band, or performance, email KyGreatRiverRoad@gmail.com the details of the event.       July 19, 20[...]

Carnegie Library Museum Visitor Center of KY ...

Carnegie Library Museum Visitor Center of KY

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Carnegie Library Museum & Visitor Center 808 Moscow Ave, Hickman, KY 42050 (270) 236-2902 A restored 1906 Carnegie Library Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on the bluffs at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Bayou de Chien providing a spectacular[...]

Banana Festival, Kentucky Fulton Twin Cities ...

Banana Festival, Kentucky Fulton Twin Cities

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2014 BANANA FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER 13-20   Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014: 10am – 5pm – Drop off Pictures at Brooks Chapel –410 Lake Street 7:00 p.m. - Banana Ball/Top Banana Recognition, Buck’s Celebration Center - $100/couple or $75/person- Sponsored by various individuals an[...]

Sisters and Friends ...

Sisters and Friends

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Sisters and Friends Collectibles and Gifts (270) 519-1011 | 6236 Paducah Road | La Center, KY 42056 .................................................................     Sisters and Friends uniquely displays antiques, collectibles, vintage items, reworked art, all kinds of unique one-of-a-kinds.  C[...]