Destination Discovery: Grand Rivers, KY
Kentucky may be best known for Bourbon, Bluegrass, and horses, but head west and you will be amazed to discover a Kentucky region of vast lakes and unspoiled natural vistas. Travel with us to Grand Rivers and discover why this tiny village is a must-see destination for outdoor aficionados.
Sparkling waters and quiet green forests make the best playgrounds. Grand Rivers sits between the shores of Kentucky Lake to the west and Lake Barkley to the east. The two lakes come within one mile of each other here and then extend south with a combined 3,000 miles of shoreline to explore.
Grand Rivers is also the north entrance to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. A look at the numbers reveal Land Between the Lakes boasts 1,400 campsites, 444 miles of scenic roads, 260 miles of hiking trails, 200 wildlife watering holes, 190 acres of wildlife refuges, 106 miles of horse trails, 100 miles of off-road vehicle trails, 70 miles of mountain bike trails, 26 boat ramps, and 5 environmental educational facilities.
WATER-WAY OF LIFE
With resort marinas on both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Grand Rivers offers unlimited water recreation. The marinas of Green Turtle Bay and Lighthouse Landing serve as gateways to the lakes for thousands of visitors seeking to enjoy boating and watersports.
Both resorts offer waterfront lodging. If your family enjoys a variety of amenities, consider Green Turtle Bay on Barkley Lake. They offer 80 vacation rental condos with one to four bedrooms, three restaurants, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and full spa, beach, pontoon boat rentals and more.
Located on Kentucky Lake, Lighthouse Landing Resort and Marina is a place to refresh your mind and spirit. They feature awe-inspiring lake views, one to three-bedroom vacation rental cottages, a beach area, 200 open boat slips, and an American Sailing Associated Sailing School.
Accommodations in Grand Rivers also include the budget-friendly Grand Rivers Inn found in the center of town, and the Rose of the Lake Bed and Breakfast with a peek-a-boo lake view.
THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE
Connecting the two lakes you will find the heart of Grand Rivers, an old-fashion Main Street area like one that you remember from another time. What you will not find here; homogeneous big box stores, relentless traffic, stop lights, franchised restaurants, or fast-food and lodging chains.
What you will find here; a walkable blend of old Rivertown wood buildings with front porches and benches for the husbands, unique retail therapy inside for the wives, kids in line for ice cream cones, and a walking trail leading to gorgeous lake views and spectacular sunsets.
The village center is made complete with the award-winning Patti’s 1880s Settlement and Restaurant and the Badgett Playhouse Theater. Take one look at their glowing online reviews and both will quickly go on your must-visit list.
A CHRISTMAS VILLAGE TOO
Each summer Grand Rivers comes into its own, so you may be surprised to learn that Christmastime is also a popular time of year to visit. Imagine a magical small-town Christmas with over 750,000 festive lights and displays, Badgett Playhouse Musical Christmas productions, a visit with Santa, memorable family meals at Patti’s Restaurant, and cozy lodging beside the lakes. The Festival of Lights event dates are the first Friday in November through the first week of January.
No matter when you choose to visit, the tiny village of Grand Rivers will make you feel welcome in a big way. Visit their website to make your Grand Rivers plans; www.grandrivers.org .