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.
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.

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.

State of Kentucky State of Illinois State of Tennessee State of Arkansas State of Missouri State of Louisiana State of Mississippi State of Iowa State of Wiscounsin State of Minnesota

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

Latest News & Postings

Hickman KY Pecan Festival ...

Hickman KY Pecan Festival

4 days ago

2014 HICKMAN PECAN FESTIVAL Sept 6-13, 2014, Events during the week, Main Vendor/performances are scheduled Saturday, September 13, 2014 Raffles - 2014 HICKMAN PECAN FESTIVAL  The Hickman Recreation and Tourist Commission selling RAFFLE TICKETS as a Pecan Festival fundraiser.  On Saturday, Se[...]

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region ...

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region

4 days 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[...]

Wickliffe Harvest Festival ...

Wickliffe Harvest Festival

5 days ago

September 11-13, 2014 Wickliffe Harvest Festival Amusement Rides, BBQ competition, 5K, live bands, poker run, vendors, and traditional events! More information call Wickliffe City Hall (270) 335.3557 or email wickliffe.city.clerk@gmail.com.   The tradition of the annual Wickliffe Harv[...]

Eat Like the Locals ...

Eat Like the Locals

2 weeks ago

RESTAURANTS Welcome to the KY Great River Road Restaurant Guide. Ballard County Barlow, Kentucky Betty's Restaurant, 362 Broadway, Barlow, KY, (270)334-3246 Kevil, Kentucky Burger Bar, 265 Kentucky Ave, Kevil, KY, (270)462-8839 Leigh's Barbecue, 9405 US Highway 60 West, Kevil, KY, ([...]

Music Performances ...

Music Performances

2 weeks 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, or performance, email KyGreatRiverRoad@gmail.com the details of the event.       July 19, 20[...]