Our Attractions


Wouldn’t you rather VACATION in the CENTER of it all?
Lake Barkley is host to many attractions like our 22-acre water park, Mineral Mound State Park 18 hole Golf Course and the Rose Hill Museum. Lake Barkley’s convenient location, in the middle of western Kentucky, makes getting anywhere quick and easy. We’re loaded with fun and entertainment for the entire family and close to everything!



Adsmore House & Gardens

Built in 1857. Visitors step back in time to the turn-of-the-century to relive the legacy and lifestyle of a prominent western Kentucky family. Decorations change during the year. Open Tues-Sun.

Barkley Dam /Visitor's Center

Barkley Dam is 157 feet high and 10,180 feet wide. Commercial barges can be seen entering and departing Lake Barkley through the huge 1,200 foot locks. The visitor’s center theme is “Steam boatingon the Cumberland.” Discover what life was like 100 years ago. Open weekdays.

Cave-In Rock Ferry

The free riverboat ferry crosses the Ohio River at Cave-In Rock. The cave was a headquarters for river pirates. Scenic views - unusual mode of transportation. Free. Open daily 6 AM -9:30 PM, weather permitting.

Clement Mineral Museum

The largest and most spectacular display of fluorite crystal in the world. Other minerals, photographs, records, letters and mining equipment on display. Open Saturday or call for appointment.

Floodwall Murals

Paducah’s rich history is captured in life-sized paintings on the river city’s floodwall. These panoramic portraits overlook the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.

Eddy Grove Vineyard & Timberdoodle Restaurant

Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-5 – Tasting Room & Timberdoodle Lunches: Wednesday – Friday 11 -4, Saturday 12 -4 Dinner by reservation only: Friday & Saturday 5-8pm

Kentucky Opry Show

This country music & comedy show presents some of the finest talent in Kentucky. It's wholesome entertainment for the entire family. Talent contest from January through May. Open every Saturday. Also, open Friday in June - August & in December.

Kentucky State Penitentiary

Standing high above Lake Barkley, the KY State Penitentiary looks more like a medieval castle than it does a prison, which prompted the nickname "The Castle on the Cumberland." The Castle is the only maximum security prison in KY and houses all death row inmates. Although tours are not permitted, the prison is worth the trip to see the facility. Rose Hill Museum is across the street and houses artifacts and history of the prison.

Kuttawa Nature Trail

The Trail starts on Lake Barkley Drive in old Kuttawa. Vacationers will find a peaceful setting with over 3 miles of hiking and biking trails. Located across from the new Kuttawa public boat ramp.

Land Between The Lakes

Learn about wildlife in this 700-acre Elk & Bison Prairie or participate in hands-on nature programs at Woodlands Nature Station. Experience history up-close when you visit The Homeplace living history farm and see how people utilized the environment in the 1800’s or see the bigger picture at the Golden Pond Planetarium by viewing spectacular shows of space and the night sky on a 40-foot diameter dome. Open daily April - Oct. Call for other dates

Mineral Mound State Park Golf Course

Enjoy our challenging 18-hole, par 72 golf course! The front 9 holes are situated in a wooded area. The back 9 offer beautiful lake views with several holes flanked by water. The No.11 plays over a beautiful lake inlet. The park also has a picnic area, a fishing pier and a boat ramp. The facility has a magnificent new pro shop that boasts scenic views from atop a hill overlooking Lake Barkley and offers rental carts, clubs, and merchandise.

Rose Hill Museum

Enjoy guided tours and unique decor. You’ll see a working model of an iron furnace. Home is on National Register of Historic Places. Open Wednesday -Sunday, May 15 - October 15.

Venture River Water Park

Your little ones can safely slide, splash and play at the Pleasure Island kiddie area. For family fun, nothing beats floating along Old Man River or riding the waves in the Hurricane Bay Wave Pool. 10 exciting slides, kiddie pool with slide and more. Open most days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. New for 2009, the FUMBI family thrill slide!

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