The Central Heartlands tour begins near the Tennessee border at Dale Hollow Lake, a beautiful resort lake nestled in the Cumberland foothills. The fishing is great here! You can also enjoy boating and scuba diving.
South of Campbellsville, Green River Lake boasts superb muskie fishing. Campgrounds and marinas are scattered around the lake. The Atkinson-Griffin Log House at the visitor center served as a Confederate hospital after a nearby Civil War battle.
Near Loretto, Maker's Mark Distillery is the only operating National Historic Landmark in the country. The Loretto Motherhouse was founded in 1812 as one of the first American women's religious communities.
South of Bardstown in New Haven, where the Kentucky Railway Museum has a great collection of vintage coaches and other train memorabilia.
In Bardstown, stop to see Federal Hill, immortalized in song by Stephen Foster as My Old Kentucky Home. If you're on a summer cycling trip, save time while you're at the park to see "The Stephen Foster Story." This exciting outdoor musical includes more than 50 Foster melodies.
The Bardstown visitor center has information on the many different things to see and do in the area. Since you're in the "bourbon capital of the world", a tour of Heaven Hill Distilleries is a must.
Near Taylorsville, the picnic area at Taylorsville Lake State Park offers a great spot for relaxing. You'll want to take time in Shelbyville to explore Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, with its fabulous collection of English and European antiques. For a delicious meal break, next door is the historic Science Hill Inn Dining Room.
The National Register historic district of the charming river city of Carrollton covers 25 blocks with 350 buildings! General Butler State Resort Park is nearby- several mountain bike festivals are held here each year. You'll finish up the tour along the Ohio River near Warsaw, where you can watch river traffic pass through Markland Locks & Dam.