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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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

Civil War Reenactment, Living History and Encampment ...

Civil War Reenactment, Living History and Encampment

2 weeks ago

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

The Peppermint Owl ...

The Peppermint Owl

3 weeks ago

The Peppermint Owl | 270-816-6318 6201 Woodville Rd | Bandana, KY 42022                  [...]

Music Performances ...

Music Performances

1 month 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.     2015 Monday, Sept [...]

Maps ...


1 month ago

Kentucky Great River Road National Scenic Byway Ballard County   Carlisle County   Hickman County Fulton County                       &[...]

Hickman KY Pecan Festival ...

Hickman KY Pecan Festival

1 month ago

2015 HICKMAN PECAN FESTIVAL | Sept 7-12, 2015 Friday and Saturday Located at the Jeff Green Memorial Park | Bernal Street, Hickman, KY 42050 Itinerary At a Glance: Monday Veteran Prayer Ceremony Tuesday night: Supper and Bingo at the Catholic Church Wednesday night: Worship service on the [...]