Tourism

Historic Downtown Hanson

This mecca for antique and art lovers was once a bustling hub of commerce at the peak of the railroad era. Relish the charm of the turn-of-the-century buildings that today house various shops, galleries, and restaurants. Festivals scheduled regularly throughout the year.

Historical Society Museum of Hopkins County

Housed in the former Hopkins County Library, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features an original 1910 Buick Buggybout – one of only three left in the world! Other memorabilia dates back to the early 1800s and showcases the region’s coal industry, political history, lifestyles, and more.

Governor Ruby Laffoon Cabin

Tour the cabin where Kentucky’s 43rd governor - the man who initiated the state sales tax and made Harlan Sanders a Colonel -- was born. Originally constructed in the mid-1800s, this relocated and restored cabin is furnished with period pieces.

Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center

Exhibits highlight the town’s heydays in the early 1900s as a nationally-known health resort and grounds for major and minor league baseball spring training. Other displays include international art and memorabilia honoring city native and Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.

Anne P. Baker Gallery

Housed in the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, this gallery regularly features regional and national art exhibits of textiles, sculpture, photography, oil paintings, and more. Admission is free.

Western Kentucky Speedway

Fun in the fast lane! Cited by many as one of the best tracks in western Kentucky, the speedway offers UMP Modified, Street Stock, Pure Stock, and Cruisers nearly every weekend April –September.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts

Classical and popular music acts, award-winning plays, and top- name entertainers grace the stage of this 1,000+ seat, state-of- the-art theater every season.

Historic Riverside Park, Dawson Springs

An authentic reconstruction of the legendary Dawson Springs diamond where the Pittsburg Pirates held spring training in the early 1900s. Take in a Tradewater Pirates minor league game and enjoy cheese-smothered, deep-fried, and sugar-coated ballpark concessions at The Hardball Café.

Stanley’s Pumpkin Hollow

Celebrate Autumn with fun for the whole family at Stanley’s Pumpkin Hollow! From September through October, enjoy live music, arts and crafts, experience the corn maze and pick a pumpkin or two! Call ahead to book your private or corporate party, church or school group.

Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area

This WMA is primarily wetlands with some shoreline, perfect for waterfowl hunting, fur trapping, fishing, and bird watching on 858 acres located between Kentucky 502 and 109. Hunting and fishing allowed under state regulations. Primitive camping only and boat access from Utley Road. For more details call 270-273-3568/800-858-1549

Greasy Creek ATV Park

Ride these 400 acres of diverse property with hills, fields, mud and wooded trails. This park is open to ATV riders, UTV riders and motocross bikes. Primitive camping is available along with shelters, picnic areas and night trail riding for those with adventurous spirits. Pack a pole for fishing in one of the 9 lakes busting at the seams with bass, bluegill and other fish.

Joseph Fay Britt-White City Unit of Peabody Wildlife Management Area

Excellent birding, fishing, and hunting on 5,600 acres, located just off Pennyrile-Breathitt Parkway exit 37 near Morton’s Gap. Primitive camping only; horseback riding allowed on maintained roads. Considered one of the better areas for quail hunting in the state; also good deer, turkey, waterfowl, and small game hunting as well as excellent fishing and birding opportunities...

Loch Mary Recreational ATV Park

With 10 miles of trails and more being added, this nearly 600-acre ATV and dirt bike park will challenge beginners and enthusiasts alike. Passes required. One- or three-day passes available; camping permits available only to those who purchase ATV passes.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Surrounded by rolling hills, this 863-acre forest hideaway on the edge of Hopkins County features regularly scheduled, naturalist- led nature activities, as well as mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, swimming, golf, tennis, camping, and more. Pennyrile Forest offers 8 pull-through campsites specifically designed for horse owners. These sites feature...

Madisonville City Park

With more than 250 acres of trails, playgrounds, lakes, and golf courses, families can have hours of fun! The park’s amenities include a 9-hole golf course, an 18-hole disc golf course, two stocked lakes for fishing, a swimming pool, a 1.25-mile walking trail, volleyball and tennis courts, a clubhouse with meeting room, shaded picnic areas, and an amphitheater. Call 270-824-...
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