Tompkinsville City Park offers an abundance of outdoor activity fun. Seasonal ball games in designated fields, fishing at City Park Lake is superb as there are no gas motors allowed, 2 large pavilions are available for rent through City Hall, an amphitheater for musical events, a playscape for the young ones and 5 primitive camping sites on the lake beside the Dogwood Pavilion available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Located south out of Tompkinsville off Hwy 63 (Celina Rd.) onto Mill Creek Rd.
"Rolley-Hole Marbles" A unique game of marbles, passed down for generations, is played in this area, mainly by adult men using handmade flint marbles. Local marble players have won national and international honors with their skills. Rolley-Hole Marble Tournaments are part of both the Watermelon Festival and the Monroe County Fair. Visit the Marble Super Dome any afternoon around 4:00 and meet these entertaining country gentlemen who play marbles for fun and competition. Located at the end of Armory Road off 163 North out of Tompkinsville.
This bit of ancient society is a (not-to-scale) replica of the English landmark created by a Munfordville resident who used native rocks. The estate is also divided into several other rock displays including: Earth Mysteries, the Garden of Gethsemane, Rock Gardens and Rock Park.
Grab a picnic lunch at a local restaurant and take it to Green River Park & Arboretum, along the Green River in downtown Munfordville where there are picnic shelters, hiking trails, a boat ramp, and a children's playground. Primitive camping is free, and if you have your pole and a license, fishing is free, too. Don't forget to take a photo with the buffalo there or walk the trail.
More than 50 buildings are listed as a National Register of Historic Places Commercial District in this lovely historic downtown with restored iron storefronts and colorful awnings. The Horse Cave Cultural District, one of the first in the state certified by the Kentucky Arts Council, is anchored by the Kentucky Repertory Theatre and the American Cave Museum. Hidden River Cave snakes under the streets and sidewalks, and the history of a town that developed on top of a cave is shared through stories on the award-winning Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour and website www.horsecavestories.com. Catch a professional production, tour the museum and cave, shop for a book or gift, and enjoy the free Thursday evening bluegrass jams at the historic Thomas House. On the award-winning streetscape, you can even trace the pathway of the cave that runs under your feet.
The museum is housed in the old Kentucky Pants Factory in downtown Glasgow. Come join us for a trip back in time at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center where we are dedicated to telling story of the people, places and events that make up the geographic area known as the "Barrens" - Metcalfe, Allen, Hart and Monroe Counties, as well as Barren County.
Occupied for the 5-year duration of the Civil War by forces of both the Confederacy and the Union, Munfordville has several buildings that are highlighted on this historic tour. Along the way, you will learn about two famous generals who were childhood friends and then foes in battle. Begin the tour at the Hart County Historical Museum in the historic Chapline building in downtown Munfordville.
Bring your instrument and join in with other local musicians at the historic Thomas House in Horse Cave's Cultural District. Look for the sign on Main Street. Jams start at 6:00 pm central time. It's free, and everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music.
Horse Cave is not your typical small town. Designated as a Kentucky Cultural District, it is has a National Register of Historic Places Commercial District with more than 50 buildings anchored by a world-class theatre and museum. Bust most remarkable of all, the region's largest natural cave entrance is in the middle of town, and the cave runs underneath your feet. Even the sidewalk are unique! The award-winning Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour introduces you to the remarkable citizen effort that created the Kentucky Repertory Theatre and provides a glimpse back to the days when the region was dominated by the Cave Wars, as the citizens tell the fascinating stories of their town that developed on top of a cave.