Kentucky March 27, 2017
These 8 Trails in Kentucky Will Lead You To Extraordinary Ancient Ruins
Kentucky’s past is nothing short of intriguing and there are many ways to experience it. Thankfully, several historic sites have been preserved and some are simply a part of the state’s beautiful landscape. But all of them are accessible, some easier than others, and all are worth a visit to understand Kentucky’s diverse past.
1. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site - 94 Green St. Wickliffe, KY 42087
From the years A.D. 1100 to 1350, a Native American village made up the area that is now a state historic site, museum and park. When walking around the grounds, you'll see several mounds and be inspired to imagine what life was once like in this beautiful spot. Wickliffe Mounds also has abundant wildlife, an archaeological site and several activities year-round.
2. Goddard White Bridge - KY Hwy. 32 Flemingsburg, KY 41041
Although it's unknown exactly when this bridge was built, the Goddard White Bridge is an amazing display of unique architecture. The bridge is the only lasting example of "Ithiel Town Lattice Design," and it is still drivable today, thanks to renovation and reconstruction. The bridge is in a picturesque part of the state and is definitely worth a visit for covered bridge enthusiasts.
3. Mammoth Cave - 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
Mammoth Cave is perhaps the most mysterious and intriguing destination on the list. Recognized as a national park and an international treasure, Mammoth Cave is a hiker's dream with several tours offered - some basic and others quite grueling and terrifying. Several remains have been found over the years in this massive cave system, so you never know what may turn up.
4. Hensley Settlement - 91 Bartlett Park Road Middlesboro, KY 40965
The historic Hensley Settlement in the Cumberland Gap region was established in 1903 by Sherman Hensley, and was occupied until 1951. The original buildings remain and while taking the mile-long walking tour, you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time.
5. USS Sachem - Lawrenceburg Ferry Road Petersburg, KY
The USS Sachem (also known by many other names) lived quite the life since first setting sail in 1902. This legendary yacht reportedly carried Thomas Edison during World War I, trained soldiers in Key West and even carried tourists around New York City's harbor. The vessel was eventually purchased by a resident of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky and unfortunately left to rust away in a creek off of the Ohio River. It's unknown who owns the ship, and the land to reach it, so be cautious when taking on this short hike.
6. The Jack Jouett House - 255 Craig's Creek Road Versailles, KY 40383
Jack Jouette, known as the "Paul Revere of the South," and his family, settled land in central Kentucky in the 1780's. The homestead has been preserved and you can take a walking tour of the property, viewing buildings that were used by the Jouett family over 200 years ago.
7. Perryville Battlefield - 1825 Battlefield Road Perryville, KY 40468
In 1862, Kentucky suffered its greatest battle of the Civil War in rural Perrysville. Today, you can visit this historic site and literally see the same views the soldiers saw that horrible day. A walking tour will take you through the events of that day and there is also a museum to learn the complete history.
8. Dinsmore Homestead Cemetery - 5656 Burlington Pike Burlington, KY 41005
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The Dinsmore Homestead, settled in 1839, is a living museum where you can go back in time to see how the family lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also located on the property is the family's final resting place. Behind the main house, you'll find a trail that leads up a hill and into the woods. At the top of the hill is the cemetery, created so the family would rest in a peaceful, picturesque spot.
What other adventures have you taken to reach an ancient Kentucky destination? Have you seen all of these? Let us know in the comments below! And for more more info on other ruins that have been discovered in Kentucky, check