Your tour begins riding through rolling country-side to Franklin. The downtown historic district includes the Simpson County Archives & Museum in the old jail and jailer's residence, with wall drawings left by Civil War soldiers held prisoner here. A highlight of this tour is Mammoth Cave National Park. The park and surrounding area comprise the world's most extensive cave region. Mammoth Cave, with more than 345 miles of explored passageways, is the longest known cave system in the world! This World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve supports several species of rare animal life and many types of cave formations, with the formative process still active.
Above ground, there are 52,830 acres of scenic forest lands, including Kentucky's second largest tract of old-growth forest. A summertime cruise on the Miss Green River II is a great way to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
Cycle on to Brownsville and "The Floyd Collins Story"outdoor drama. Entering Sand Cave in 1925, Collins became trapped. The attempted rescue of the explorer was one of the most widely reported events of the decade.
Continue to Rough River Dam State Resort Park overlooking a 5,000-acre lake. On KY-110 is Old Falls of Rough with circa 1870 buildings. Near Caneyville is the Pine Knob Outdoor Theatre, where you can see one of four shows: "Dock Brown-Legend of an Outlaw" and "Down in the Hoodoo Holler" involve Dock Brown, an infamous local character of the 1850; "Lard" and "Daddy Took the T-Bird Away" recreate the 1950s.
The next town is Cloverport founded in 1808 on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Ohio. Four miles from town off KY-992 is Tar Springs, each with a different mineral water.
The tour ends in Hawesville, an old river town with a spectacular view of the Ohio River. The Hancock County Museum on River Street is housed at the 1901 railroad depot. The Pate House, 4 miles east on KY 334, is where 18 year-old Abraham Lincoln defended himself for operating a ferry without a license. Judge Pate was so impressed he encouraged Lincoln to study law.