The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through ten states, from Minnesota to the Louisiana delta. Along the way, it moves through four Kentucky counties that make up the westernmost portion of the state: Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. In this portion of the road, travelers might see the Wickliffe Mounds, Ft. Jefferson, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dorena Hickman Ferry and other sites. Norma Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Great River Region Organization and joins Todd Hatton on Sounds Good to share how this marketing organization came to be and hopes for future tourism.
The Federal Highway Administration has granted $120,330 to improve signage along the Kentucky Great River Road that runs through four western Kentucky counties. Many of the new signs will alert drivers to the presence of bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders along the National Scenic Byway. The Kentucky Great River Road runs 63 miles along the Mississippi River through Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties. It’s part of a highway corridor that follows the Mississippi River from its source in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.