Eco Friendly Itinerary

The first thing visitors notice about rural Kentucky is how green it is. (It might be called bluegrass, but it’s just another shade of green!) We’re trees and fields and farms and countryside and caves and rivers. Even though most of our county’s rivers are underground, we have the state’s longest above-ground river, Green River.

And we have 5 of the state’s largest springs along that river. Wildlife above ground, below ground, and in the river abound. If you’re looking to plan a trip to enjoy the beauty of nature, we suggest these options:


Hidden River Cave options

  • Explore the history of the caves in the region and the impact of the world above ground on the life below ground at the American Cave Museum.
  • Study one of the world’s top 10 underground ecosystems on Hidden River Cave’s off-trail Wild Cave Tour. (Advance reservations required for this 2-hour or 3-hour tour.)
  • Learn about the colorful history of what has been called the world’s most remarkable cave restoration on a walking tour along the banks of the rushing underground river.
  • Soar on a zip line across Hidden River Cave’s sinkhole entrance, the area’s largest natural cave entrance.
  • Rappel down the limestone face of Hidden River Cave.


Green River, the state’s longest river

  • Discover the beauty of Green River on a canoe or kayak trip on one of the world’s most biologically diverse rivers. Big Buffalo Crossing Canoe & Kayak trips range from 3 hours to 2 days.
  • Hike the 4-mile Jenny Byrd Wilson Trail along the Green River or stroll the 1-mile walking trail around Green River Park & Arboretum.


Rural stops

  • Take a scenic country drive along the Hart County Barn Quilt Trail that features large hand-painted quilt squares on rural buildings scattered around the rural areas of the county.
  • Stop by Dennison’s Roadside Market, a Kentucky Proud market on scenic US 31E that features seasonal flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, Amish baskets, locally made crafts, Chaney’s Ice Cream, Penn’s Country Hams. Pick your own berries and pumpkins in season. Autumn activities.
  • You won’t be sorry you went a little off the beaten path to find Cub Run Cave. The breathtaking formations are certainly worth the drive. (Open Wednesday through Sunday.)
  • Overnight at Country Girl at Heart Farm Bed & Breakfast on a green working farm where you can give a hand with chores like gathering eggs or feeding chickens, or you can just put your feet up and relax.


Local food



  • Find the perfect used or new book at The Bookstore in historic downtown Horse Cave. It’s just around the corner from Hidden River Cave. You can also sit in on a free bluegrass jam at the locally-owned bookstore every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm.
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