Bardstown, KY

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Bardstown is located about 50 miles south/southeast of Louisville and about 62 miles southwest of Lexington.  Bardstown is the self proclaimed Bourbon Capital since there are a substantial number of distilleries surrounding it, including:  Makers Mark, Heaven Hill, Four Roses, Jim Beam and Barton 1792.  We took the opportunity to visit Makers Mark while we were here.

Churchill Downs

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Cub Run, KY

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Cub Run is near Nolin River Lake.  We parked at the Wax Recreation Area campground near Cub Run at a nice lake front RV site.

Wax Campground

My brother Hew lives near Cub Run.  He has a lake front home there that is nestled among the trees in a very tranquil setting.  We visited with him and took a drive together around to some of the other lake parks and campgrounds:  Nolin Lake State Park, Dog Creek Campground and the Nolin Lake Dam.

Since we were so close, we took the opportunity to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.  This year marks the 200th year since public tours began at Mammoth Cave.  We were here in 2014 when we took the New Entrance tour.  This time we took the Cleveland Avenue tour and did a little hiking.  We can add this to our 2016 caves and caverns visits.  Of course, Mammoth Cave rules all others with its 435 miles of mapped passages.

Next stop:  Bardstown, KY

Barkley Lake Bridge

Barkley Lake bridge

Barkley Lake bridge

On our way to Kenlake Resort, we had to first cross the Barkley Lake Bridge.  It is an old, narrow bridge.  As you can see from the photo, they have begun work on a new, much wider bridge.  The bridge crossing Kentucky Lake, called the Eggners Ferry Bridge has already been replaced with a new bridge which opened only in April 2016.

Naturally, when we crossed Barkley Lake Bridge we met a big truck right in the middle section.  Fortunately, this went without incident. Continue reading