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

2015 Official Calendar of Festivals and Events ...

2015 Official Calendar of Festivals and Events

4 days ago

2015 Official Calendar of Events and Schedule of 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, Carlis[...]

Civil War Reenactment ...

Civil War Reenactment

1 month ago

  Civil War Days Re-enactment & Cannon Volleys Columbus-Belmont State Park 350 Park Road | Columbus, KY 42032 (270) 677-2327 | Questions Contact Park Manager: cindy.lynch@ky.gov ......................................................................................   &nb[...]

Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum - Wickliffe, KY ...

Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum - Wickliffe, KY

1 month ago

Kentucky Veteran & Patriot Museum 635 Phillips Drive | Wickliffe, KY 42087 | Museum Contact Sandy Hart, 270/335-3128 2015 KVPM Events May 2, 2015, 11th-Yr Anniversary WWII DC Trip/Thank a Veteran Day Celebration. Special Event in Wickliffe, KY, Saturday May 2, 2015 will be “Thank a Veter[...]

Eat Like the Locals, Restaurants and Eateries ...

Eat Like the Locals, Restaurants and Eateries

1 month ago

RESTAURANTS Welcome to the KY Great River Road Restaurant Guide. Ballard Kevil, Kentucky Leigh's Barbecue, 9405 US Highway 60 West, Kevil, KY, (270)488-3434 Burger Bar, 265 Kentucky Ave, Kevil, KY, (270)462-8839 RJ's Cafe, 848 KY Ave, Kevil, KY,  (270)462-8313 Kevil Kitchen, Hwy 60, K[...]

Scenic Scavenger Hunt ...

Scenic Scavenger Hunt

1 month ago

Scenic Scavenger Hunt Scenic Road Adventure bringing together the outdoors, down-to-earth people, and their Street legal vehicle traveling the Ky Great River Road Trails.  The Scenic Scavenger Hunt is a family oriented adventure through the 4-Kentucky counties along the Mississippi River.  St[...]