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Cruising Kentucky

It's summertime, and the livin' is especially easy if you happen to be aboard a boat in Kentucky.

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Mommoth Cave in Kentucky
Mammoth Cave.


This region is home to exceptional natural beauty, as demonstrated in its rolling hills, winding rivers, pristine lakes and intriguing cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the latter, as well as the scenic valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers. To the southeast, the 10,000-acre Barren River Lake affords endless recreational activities along its 140 miles of shoreline and at Barren River State Resort Park.

YOU CAN’T MISS a tour of the above-mentioned Mammoth Cave, the largest cave in the world, or a drive to Bowling Green for a look at the 68,000-square-foot National Corvette Museum (I-65 exit 28), which features more than 70 Corvettes displayed in periodic settings, prototype designs, rare collectibles and memorabilia.

TIE UP AT the full-service Barren River Lake State Park Marina, which includes 300 covered and uncovered slips. It’s tucked inside a cove adjacent to the Barren River State Resort Park complex, which covers more than 2,100 acres comprised of lodging, cottages, camping and dining facilities.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for fishing! The Big Bass Classic benefits the American Heart Association on July 27, and the Barren Bass Masters Fall Classic takes place on September 21. You can also support the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park at its annual Poker Run on August 3. This is a fund-raising event for the lake’s July fireworks and clean-up projects.

VISIT NEARBY Tompkinsville, 44 miles southeast of Barren River, where you can explore the Old Mulkey Meeting House State Historic Site. It’s the oldest log meeting house in Kentucky, constructed in 1804, and is now part of a 20-acre park with a picnic area, playground and gift shop.

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