Shopping Takes Center Stage In Downtown Horse Cave, Kentucky

Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism Creates Shopping Map to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Downtown Horse Cave’s Designation as a National-Register-of-Historic-Places Commercial District

JULY 2021 – Horse Cave/Hart County, Ky. – Boutiques, books, antiques, art, food and even a cave! The many offerings to be found in Downtown Horse Cave, Ky. are highlighted in the new Shop Horse Cave map. The charming town of Horse Cave is 10 miles from Mammoth Cave National Park and conveniently located off Interstate 65 (exit 58). The Shop Horse Cave map celebrates the 20th anniversary of Downtown Horse Cave’s designation as a National Register of Historic Places Commercial District and was created by Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism.

The map features a dozen small businesses that are clustered on Water Street and along the quaint Main Street that runs past and on top of Hidden River Cave, the centerpiece of the district. Businesses include the largest independently owned bookstore in south-central Ky., two antique shops, a home décor store, art studio/shop, two boutiques, a shoe store, museum and three restaurants. “We’re so excited about the new maps,” says Gena Riley, owner of GeeGa’s Home Décor. “They will make it so easy to help people move from one shop to another.”

The front of the Shop Horse Cave map features a whimsical outline of the historic district with twelve of the shops marked; the back has a brief overview of Hidden River Cave and the shops. Available in tear-off or brochure-folded styles, the maps are being distributed at the downtown shops, the I-65 Hart County Tourist Info. Ctrs., Mammoth Cave National Park Traveler Info. Ctr., and the Cave City Chamber brochure racks in the Cave Area and Bowling Green.

“Shopping is an important part of a visitor’s trip,” says Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism Executive Director Sandra T. Wilson. “In fact, travel industry research shows shopping is the No. 1 activity for tourists, with small-town shops being especially attractive.” Terry Smith, Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism staff member, adds, “Since the new Shop Horse Cave billboards were installed a few months ago, we are getting more requests for information about the downtown shops.”

About Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism – Hart County, located in south-central Kentucky, is dotted with gently rolling hillsides and steep “knobs” in the county’s rural countryside, as well as caves, sinkholes and underground streams. A dream for water adventure lovers, Nolin River forms the western boundary of the county, and the Green River winds through the center, flowing east to west in a series of loops and bends. Hart County contains five of Kentucky’s ten largest springs, including Gorin Mill Spring, the largest in the state. To learn more about Horse Cave / Hart County, please call 270.218.0386 or visit and YouTube.

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