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

2:00 PM Hickman KY Homecoming Parade
Hickman KY Homecoming Parade
Aug 2 @ 2:00 PM – Aug 2 @ 10:00 PM
August 2, 2014, Hickman KY Homecoming Parade, Hickman, KY 42050
2:00 PM Columbus KY Homecoming Parade
Columbus KY Homecoming Parade
Aug 9 @ 2:00 PM – Aug 9 @ 10:00 PM
August 9, 2014, Columbus KY Homecoming Parade, 10:am Line Up, For Information Call 270-677-4152, Columbus , KY42031, 2nd Saturday August Annually (Vendors Onsite)
11:00 PM Dirt Races @ West Kentucky Raceway
Dirt Races @ West Kentucky Raceway
Aug 16 @ 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
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[...]

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Music Performances ...

Music Performances

4 days ago

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, performance, please email to KyGreatRiverRoad@gmail.com the details of the event. KyGreatRiverRoad.org/[...]

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region ...

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region

2 weeks ago

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[...]

Bandana Mud Park ...

Bandana Mud Park

2 weeks ago

Bandana Mud Park 270-331-2998 262 Allen Street, La Center, KY 42022 Actually located in Bandana, KY Lots of fun for atv's and 4-wheel drive trucks, 5 categories for racing different events at time fun for all ages, family event, a new circle mud track for ATV's side by side and mud bog pit. Follow [...]

Fireworks 2014 KyGreatRiverRoad Byway ...

Fireworks 2014 KyGreatRiverRoad Byway

3 weeks ago

Celebrate Independence and Freedom with Family and Friends  4th of July Fireworks Celebration at Hickman Harbor at the Port of Hickman, KY.  Lots of Vendors and concessions beginning 10:am. Music provided by “”Jay Black””, ””The Midnight Range””, and others. Fireworks at 9:pm 4th of July Firewo[...]

Wright's Area 252 Riding Park ...

Wright's Area 252 Riding Park

1 month ago

Wright's Area 252 Riding Park 97 County Road 1324, Arlington, KY 42021, Phone: (270)562-1293, (270)207-0038, (270)655-2200, FAX:(270)655-2114 Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:am until 30 minutes prior to dusk.  Update (June 13, 2014) Progress! Looking forward to completion of of Trailhead faci[...]