The small city of Hopkinsville in southwestern Kentucky lies just north of Fort Campbell Military Reservation and is surrounded by outdoor recreation opportunities. The town has several unique chapters in its past. It was here that 13,000 Cherokee camped on the Trail of Tears. Edgar Cayce, an internationally known clairvoyant was born near here?so was Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.
Explore the Fort Campbell connection south of town at Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum and see the history of the "Screaming Eagles" 101st Airborne Division Air Assault team. Not far away is Fort Campbell Public Wildlife Area with its variety of forest wildlife, farm habitat, trout streams and lakes for fishing.
Pennyroyal Area Museum includes a popular Edgar Cayce exhibit and displays about the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, located on a portion of the campground used by Cherokees during the forced removal, includes statues of Cherokee chiefs and a heritage center. A monument marks Jefferson Davis' birth site, at nearby Fairview.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, a back to nature hidden treasure. Spend the night in a rustic lodge or cottage beside the lake then enjoy golfing, hiking, canoeing or swimming.
Dining options in Hopkinsville include Ferrell's Snappy Service, a local landmark serving a classic burger and fries.
Hopkinsville is located about 170 miles southwest of Louisville, KY. Take KY 1020 S to I-65S to US 68.