Hopkins County: Start here to Tour Western Kentucky
Hopkins County is Western Kentucky’s easiest weekend escape. Spend a couple of relaxing days with us exploring your adventurous side. Grab your gear, get out of town, and lose yourself. We’re just 49 miles south of Evansville, Ind., 104 miles northwest of Nashville, Tenn., and 153 miles southwest of Louisville.
Let us point you to the best trails, hunting spots, streams and views. Outdoor lovers will enjoy hiking the 13-mile Pennyrile Nature Trail, canoeing the Tradewater River, boating on Lake Beshear, horse back riding at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, cycling the trails at Grapevine Lake or taking on one of our ATV parks. Other outdoor recreation opportunities include a world class 18-hole disc golf course and four challenging traditional golf courses. Excellent hunting and fishing opportunities await you at one of our three wildlife management areas totaling more than 7,000 acres.
Time your visit just right and enjoy our many festivals and activities. Catch a performance by a world-renowned artist at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. Spend summer nights at historic Riverside Park in Dawson Springs watching the Tradewater Pirates baseball team. Shopping enthusiasts will find antique shops and unique boutiques in downtown Hanson, Kentucky’s smallest historic district, as well as mall shopping at Parkway Plaza Mall or Factory Stores of America.
While in Hopkins County, plan to stay a few nights. Standard hotel accommodations are plentiful and bed & breakfast options range from log cabins to a 70-acre estate near downtown Madisonville.
Outdoor Adventures in Hopkins County
- Lake Beshear
- Pennyrile Nature Trail
- Grapevine Lake
- Madisonville Golf and Country Club
- Lakeshore Country Club
- Madisonville City Park
- Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
- Loch Mary Recreational ATV Park
- Tradewater River Wildlife Management Area
- Joseph Fay Britt-White City Unit of Peabody Wildlife Management Area
- Greasy Creek ATV Park
- Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Brumfield Farm Market
- Hanson Berry Farms
- Stanley’s Pumpkin Hollow
- Hopkins County Farmer’s Market (2 locations)
- Historic Riverside Park, Dawson Springs
- Glema Mahr Center for the Arts
- Western Kentucky Speedway
- Anne P. Baker Gallery
Historical Sites & Museums
- Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center
- Governor Ruby Laffoon Cabin
- Historical Society Museum of Hopkins County
- Historic Downtown Hanson
Bed & Breakfast Inns
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