Madisonville, Dawson Springs, Earlington, Hanson, Mortons Gap, Nortonville, Nebo, St. Charles, White Plains
Whether traveling here on business, visiting with family and friends or just taking a break from the hustle and bustle of your busy life, start your tour of Western Kentucky in Madisonville – Hopkins County, a great place to be. Located in the heart of Western Kentucky, Hopkins County is located 49 miles south of Evansville, Indiana, 104 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, and 153 miles southwest of Louisville, Kentucky. This community is a progressive one with diverse industry and technology seasoned with southern hospitality, making the area a wonderful place to work, raise a family and visit. Residents are always eager to elaborate that we have the best of both worlds, the quaintness of a small southern town with all the amenities of a larger city.
If you time your visit just right, you might find yourself in the middle of one of the many festivals or activities including the Hanson Village Arts Fair, the Antique Tractor and Mule Days Festival, Dawson Springs Bar-B-Q Fest, Morton's Gap Coalfield Festival, Friday Night Live in Downtown Madisonville, Madisonville Kidapalooza, or "Return to Bethlehem," a Christmas enactment hosted by First Baptist Church. Madisonville is home to the State's Largest Veteran's Parade usually held the Sunday before Veteran's Day. Summer nights can be spent at historic Riverside Park in Dawson Springs watching the Tradewater Pirates collegiate baseball team play ball.
Popular attractions include the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts with entertainers this season such as Josh Turner, Rich Little, Grand Funk Railroad and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Anne P. Baker Gallery, Western Kentucky Speedway, and the historic log cabin documenting the life of former Governor Ruby Laffoon. Shopping enthusiasts will find numerous antique shops and unique boutiques in historic downtown Hanson, Kentucky's smallest historic district, as well as mall shopping at Parkway Plaza Mall. If enjoying the wonders of nature is what you love, then you must visit the Pennyrile Nature Trail, a 13-mile hiking trail that stretches from the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park to the edge of Dawson Springs. Canoeing the Tradewater River and boating on Lake Beshear are also on the "must do" list. Cycling enthusiasts will find the trail at Grapevine Lake an enjoyable, yet challenging ride. Other outdoor recreation opportunities include a world class 18 hole disc golf course located at the Madisonville City Park and a 3-1/2 mile Healthway Trail that winds through downtown Madisonville connecting the campus of Trover Health System to the Madisonville City Park.
While in Hopkins County, we highly recommend that you plan to stay a few nights. If a bed & breakfast is what you had in mind, then you have definitely come to the right place. From 2 log cabins set in the woods to a 70 acre plus estate located in the middle of downtown Madisonville, each B & B offers a unique experience. If you are the traveler who prefers the standard hotel accommodations, you will not be disappointed in what we have to offer.