Kentucky January 19, 2022
Take This Hidden Gems Road Trip When You Want To See Some Little-Known Places In Kentucky
Kentucky is one big treasure of a state. From unique museums and
massive roadside monoliths, world-famous attractions and entire hidden underworlds, you’ll find all sorts of hidden gems in Kentucky. We’re put together the following Hidden Gems Road Trip to explore some of the most unique and little-known places in Kentucky. Check it out and get ready to embark on a big Bluegrass adventure!
Our Hidden Gems Road Trip in Kentucky spans 320 miles through the south-central region of the state. It's a little over six hours, start to finish, but we've designed it to be taken over the course of two days, stopping for the night at an iconic hidden gem in Cave City!
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The first stop on our road trip brings us to a place that sort of doesn't exist at all.
Blue Heron Mining Community, Blue Heron Rd, Stearns, KY 42647, USA
Blue Heron Mine is Kentucky's very own ghost town.
Blue Heron, also known as Mine 18
, is an abandoned coal mining town and was a part of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company's historic operation. The Blue Heron mines ran from 1937 until 1962, when operations ceased being profitable. Today, this mining ghost town is run by the National Park Service, and they offer guided tours along its abandoned railroad.
We've visited a ghost town, so it's only fitting that the next destination on our road trip is also
International Paranormal Museum and Research Center, 107 N Main St, Somerset, KY 42501, USA
How do you top a ghost town *and* a paranormal museum? Dinosaurs!
Dinosaur World, 711 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127, USA
If you’re a fan of dinosaurs in Kentucky, look no further:
Dinosaur World is the place for you
. The park is mostly located outdoors (so dress accordingly!), making it a great opportunity to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. This real-life Jurassic Park has hundreds of life-sized dinosaurs on display, sure to please dino lovers young and old!
It's time to break for the night, and we're super excited about these accommodations!
Historic Wigwam Village No. 2, 601 N Dixie Hwy, Cave City, KY 42127, USA
There are lots of unique places where you can spend the night in Kentucky, but there’s nothing quite like this attraction in Cave City. Wigwam Village No. 2 isn’t just the only wigwam village in Kentucky, it’s also one of only three remaining wigwam villages in the entire country. And, as you’ll learn when you visit,
it’s actually not a wigwam village at all
New day, new adventures! Pop quiz: Did you know Duncan Hines was an actual person? And that he was from Kentucky? Or that, at the
Kentucky Museum, "Recommended by Duncan Hines" is an eight-section exhibit celebrating the life and work of the boxed cake king?!
Kentucky Museum, 1444 Kentucky St, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA
The exhibit is a look into Hines's own Kentucky kitchen, complete with retro appliances, mid-century decor, and a rather uncanny wax figure of Mr. Hines himself.
Next we're visiting one of the most wondrous waterfalls in Kentucky... and it might be one you've never heard of.
Seventy Six Falls, Kentucky 42602, USA
Lake Cumberland's most surprising treasures
, 76 Falls is a lesser-known spot that makes for a great swimming hole in the summer, a relaxing oasis to admire in the winter, and an epic place for fall leaf peeping. A stunning natural spectacle, this cascade's moniker refers to its 76-foot stature, and it really is one of the state's most glorious hidden gem waterfalls.
Next, we're going to visit one of the most beautiful overlooks in the state: Buzzard Rock.
Buzzard Rock, Kentucky 40033, USA
The Buzzard Rock Trail is a straightforward, 1.3 mile out-and-back trek that's super scenic and also accessible for all levels. While the
is the main attraction, the trail itself is also quite lovely.
As our adventure winds down, it's time to fuel up and reminiscence about our journey.
198 Main St, Whitley City, KY 42653, USA
Located right on Whitley City's Main Street, a stone's throw from Buzzard Rock,
is 1950s style diner known for its nostalgic vibes, delicious burgers, and classic, hand-dipped shakes. It's a fun little detour that is quite literally a cherry on top of this epic road trip adventure!
So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to see the Bluegrass State like never before? Let’s go!
Address: Blue Heron Mining Community, Blue Heron Rd, Stearns, KY 42647, USA Address: International Paranormal Museum and Research Center, 107 N Main St, Somerset, KY 42501, USA Address: Historic Wigwam Village No. 2, 601 N Dixie Hwy, Cave City, KY 42127, USA Address: Dinosaur World, 711 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127, USA Address: Kentucky Museum, 1444 Kentucky St, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA Address: Seventy Six Falls, Kentucky 42602, USA Address: Buzzard Rock, Kentucky 40033, USA Address: 198 Main St, Whitley City, KY 42653, USA