The outdoors are calling! Relax and unwind or explore your adventurous side. Madisonville offers the largest variety of outdoor recreation & adventure in Kentucky. Pack your gear and see for yourself what awaits you in Madisonville and Hopkins County in 2024!
Geocaching is a real-world, treasure-hunting game. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Don’t own a kayak? No worries! Tradewater Kayaking offers rentals and a shuttle service to bring you back to your vehicle! Click here for a list of additional places to kayak & canoe in Hopkins County!
Grapevine Lake is known for legendary mountain bike trails for all skill levels! 188 acres features over 8 miles of trails, including a youth trail. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park also offers mountain biking trails!
The Madisonville City Park offers adventure for all ages! Their 18-hole mini-golf course is a great way to get the whole family outside!
Hit the greens in Hopkins County! Lakeshore Country Club, Madisonville City Parks, Madisonville Country Club, and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park all offer great courses!
Public fishing ponds, lakes, and rivers can be found throughout Hopkins County. Our vast wildlife management areas, City Parks and State Park offer ample opportunity to reel in a big one!
Earlington Loch Mary ATV Park is the place to go to hit the trails! The West Kentucky ATV Trails in Dawson Springs is also rebuilding!
Kentucky’s first certified Trail Town is located right here in Hopkins County! Dawson Springs and Pennyrile Forest offer some of the best hiking trails in the area, no matter your level of experience!
14. Nature Play Area
Explore Mahr Park’s one-of-a-kind Nature Play Area! The Nature Play Area fosters imaginative play and encourages children to interact with their environment while participating in developmental play.
Hop in a swimming pool during the heat of the summer, or swim year-round at the Hopkins County Family YMCA, which offers a bubble dome over the pool so you can swim in comfort no matter what the weather!
Take your pick of scenic areas across the county, but we love the pavillions at Mahr Park Arboretum. With several different areas and access to restrooms, you can’t go wrong with a picnic at the park!
17. Find a Waterfall
The Pennyrile region offers stunning waterfalls! Take a short 1-mile walk on the Saltpeter Cave and Falls Trail and discover a cascade that is nearly 70 feet tall!
Our camping facilities range from totally “roughing it” to serene sites with full utility hookups. Pack your gear, hitch up your RV, and come enjoy Hopkins County’s beautiful outdoor scenery.
Whether you prefer to wake up early and catch the sunrise or find the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset, it’s a must when exploring the outdoors!
Show off your skills or learn something new! The Madisonville Skatepark is a 3,000-square-foot outdoor facility on the corner of Sugg Street and Railroad Street in downtown Madisonville.
23. Disc Golf
Home to the Kentucky State Disc Golf Championship, Madisonville boasts 3 disc golf courses, including a Championship course at Mahr Park Arboretum!