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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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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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Upcoming Community Events

Apr
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Fri
2014
7:00 PM Jay Black Concert, April 18, 2014
Jay Black Concert, April 18, 2014
Apr 18 @ 7:00 PM
Jay Black Concert, April 18, 2014
Join and Celebrate with Jay Black Country Music Entertainment, Album Release Concert April 18, 2014, 7:pm! More details soon.
Apr
19
Sat
2014
9:00 AM Civil War Trust Park Clean Up Day
Civil War Trust Park Clean Up Day
Apr 19 @ 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
April 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Civil War Trust Park Clean Up Day, Columbus-Belmont State Park, 350 Park Road, Columbus, KY 42032, History Buffs and preservationists [...]
10:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt on ATV Trails
Easter Egg Hunt on ATV Trails
Apr 19 @ 10:00 AM
Easter Egg Hunt on ATV Trails @ Wright's Area 252 Riding Park, LLC | Arlington | KY | United States
Apr. 19, 2014, Hiding 252 eggs along trails in Wright’s Area 252 Riding Park, LLC, Burkley, KY Great River Road Byway. Some will contain [...]
6:00 PM Dirt Races @ West Kentucky Raceway
Dirt Races @ West Kentucky Raceway
Apr 19 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
April 19, 2014, West Kentucky Raceway, LLC, US Highway 62, Gates Open at 4:pm, Races start at 6:pm, http://www.westkentuckyraceway.com, Cunningham, KY42035, 3rd Saturday Monthly
7:30 PM “Glow in the Dark” Easter Egg Hunt in La Center, KY
“Glow in the Dark” Easter Egg Hu…
Apr 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
April 19, 2014, 7:30 pm, “Glow in the Dark” Easter Egg Hunt at the La Center City Park. Prizes will be awarded for the golden [...]
Apr
23
Wed
2014
all-day Administrative Professional Day – Thank your assistant!
Administrative Professional Day …
Apr 23 all-day
April 23, 2014 – Administrative Professional Day – Thank your assistant!
Apr
25
Fri
2014
8:00 AM Columbus-Belmont State Park, Camper Appreciation Weekend
Columbus-Belmont State Park, Cam…
Apr 25 @ 8:00 AM – Apr 27 @ 5:00 PM
Columbus-Belmont State Park, Camper Appreciation Weekend @ Columbus-Belmont State Park | Columbus | KY | United States
April 25-27, 2014, Camper Appreciation Weekend, Columbus-Belmont State Park, 350 Park Road, Columbus, KY 42032, Not only will you enjoy the scenic beauty and [...]
12:00 PM Camper Appreciation Weekend @Columbus-Belmont State Park
Camper Appreciation Weekend @Col…
Apr 25 @ 12:00 PM – Apr 27 @ 1:00 PM
April 25-27, 2014, Camper Appreciation Weekend, Columbus-Belmont State Park, 350 Park Road, Columbus, KY 42032, Not only will you enjoy the scenic beauty and serenity [...]
4:30 PM Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival
Hickman County Spring Chicken Fe…
Apr 25 @ 4:30 PM – Apr 26 @ 9:00 PM
April 25-26, 2014, Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival, http://www.clintonhickmancountychamber.com Downtown Courtsquare, 110 Clay Street, Clinton, KY42031, Featuring many activities, like: 5K-10K-Kids Race, Singing, Idol Contest, [...]
5:00 PM Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival
Hickman County Spring Chicken Fe…
Apr 25 @ 5:00 PM – Apr 26 @ 8:00 PM
Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival
April 25-26, 2014, Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival, http://www.clintonhickmancountychamber.com Downtown Courtsquare, 110 Clay Street, Clinton, KY42031, Featuring many activities, like: 5K-10K-Kids Race, Singing, Idol [...]

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Latest News & Postings

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region ...

2014 Calendar Events KY Great River Road Region

6 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[...]

Grow Tourism KyGreatRiverRoad.org ...

Grow Tourism KyGreatRiverRoad.org

2 weeks ago

  Seeking more Information, Call your County Judge-Executive bordering Ky's portion of the Mississippi River or email KyGreatRiverRoad@gmail.com                             [...]

2014 New Year's Resolutions Ky Great River Road ...

2014 New Year's Resolutions Ky Great River Road

2 weeks ago

2014 New Year's Resolutions and Cheers to New Possibilities   We reflect on the past accomplishments and begin to look ahead with optimism toward fresh opportunities.  We are thinking about possibilities, because a New Year means new possibilities, a fresh start and goals for us to meet.  The[...]

Get Active ...

Get Active

2 weeks ago

Get Active Walk-Run-Ride, 5K-10K's Marathons Ky Great River Road Region  April 12-16, 2014  “Riverboat Series” Run/Walk Through KY-TN-AR-MS-LA  - USA Track & Field Sanctioned Event starting at Columbus-Belmont State Park, 5 Days - 5 States - Marathons/Half-Marathons. Start Times: 7 am every d[...]

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 Trailhead Facility under construction on-site. Concessions usually available on-site [...]