Morgantown (Kentucky)

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Morgantown, Kentucky [1], is a town in Kentucky’s Western Coal Fields, Although it is considered to be in the Western Coal Field region, it is actually part of the Caves and Lakes tourism region according to Kentucky’s tourism promotion efforts. As the county seat of Butler County, Kentucky, It bills itself as the Catfish Capital of Kentucky.

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By Car[edit]

Morgantown is located off of exit 28 (US 231/KY 79) and exit 29 (KY 70) on the William H. Natcher Parkway, almost halfway between Owensboro and Bowling Green. Morgantown can also be accessed from exit 94 off of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway and heading south on KY 79 from Caneyville, as well as from exit 36 off the Natcher Parkway and heading south on US 231 near Butler County’s northern boundary with Ohio County, where Beaver Dam is located.

By air[edit]

  • Nashville International Airport (IATA: BNA) [2]
  • Louisville International Airport (IATA: SDF) [3]

Get around[edit]

Morgantown is a relatively small town, so getting around should not be much of a problem. Car is the most popular mean of transportation in Morgantown, because there are no services in terms of public transportation.

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Attractions[edit]

A Civil War monument on the lawn at the Butler County Courthouse in downtown Morgantown is the only monument in Kentucky that honors both the Union and the Confederate armies.

Green River Museum and Butler County Park in Woodbury, which overlooks the Green River, features exhibits of photos of Butler County through the years, including exhibits from the era of the riverboats.

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General[edit]

Given the fact that Morgantown is located along the Green River, fishing and canoeing is a good activity to do in the area. Morgantown plays host to the Green River Catfish Festival, which is held in late June into early July. The festival includes a carnival, concerts, contests, and a few other events. In addition, due to the festival phase usually taking in the 4th of July holiday, the festival also includes a fireworks display on the night of July 4 of each year.

Here are a few points of interest in and around Morgantown and Butler County:

  • Charles Black City Park - Helm Lane off KY 70. It offers basketball and tennis courts, along with a baseball fields, a picnic area, as well as the Morgantown City Pool, which is open during the summer months. The pool has a minimal charge, but everything else is free.

Entertainment[edit]

  • Cedar Ridge Speedway [4]: 3895 Rochester Road - This racing venue offers racing events that any racer could enter.

Outdoors[edit]

  • Hidden Valley Golf Course - 530 Hidden Valley Road off KY 79 south of Morgantown.
  • Steamboat Landing Marina - 425 E. Roberts St. +1 270 526-5933. Steamboat Landing offers boat rentals, along with a full service boat dock with a marina store.

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  • The Corner Market, JCT KY Hwy 70 & 185, Roundhill. This roadside convenience store on the Butler/Edmonson County line offers a limited grocery line, unleaded fuel, kerosene, deli meats, and video rentals. It also offers county newspapers from both sides of the county line.


  • Lindsey's Market Inc., 5740 Caneyville Road, +1 270 526-4032. This little market has been family-owned since its 1942 opening. A country-style market providing perishable/frozen foods and dairy and deli products. This store also features a line of salvaged groceries at prices good enough to get you coming for more.  edit
  • Aberdeen Grocery Archery & Bait Shop, 40 Caneyville Road, Aberdeen, +1 270 526-3000. Aberdeen Grocery not only offers a line of groceries and Hunt Brothers Pizza, but it also offers fishing gear, handbags, and also, since August 2014, serves as the village post office for the community.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Pizza Zone, 618 West G.L. Smith Street, +1 270 526-3200. Morgantown’s premier home for pizza. Since moving to their present location in June 2013, it also offers burgers and ice cream. It previously offered an arcade at its previous location on KY 70 (Veterans Way)  edit
  • Hardee's of Morgantown, 127 Veterans Way (KY 70), +1 270 526-3880. Features american cuisine, including burgers, fries, and it now offers mexican cuisine as part of Hardee’s co-branding with Red Burrito.  edit
  • Mi Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, 101 Veterans Way, +1 270 662-0104.  edit
  • Farm Boy Restaurant, 607 West G.L. Smith Street, +1 270 526-0700.  edit
  • McDonald's, 731 South Main Street, +1 270 526-6333.  edit
  • Sonic Drive-In of Morgantown, 615 South Main Street (Natcher Parkway Exit 28), +1 270-526-4530.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

Butler County is a "dry" county, therefore no sales of alcoholic beverages are permitted. Bowling Green is the closest city with full liquor sales and service.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Green River Lodge, 461 South Tyler Street, +1 270 526-6262.  edit


Get out[edit]

To the east of Morgantown via State Highway 70 is Brownsville, Edmonson County, KY, and the Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the world’s longest known cave system, featuring tours of the cave, hiking trails, and a couple of ferries. Further east of the park are a few venues for family fun near Cave City.

Also east of Morgantown is the Nolin River Lake, just north of Mammoth Cave. It offers fishing, boating, and camping opportunities.

Within only a few miles from Butler County’s western boundary, Lake Malone State Park features the one of the most beautiful lakes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The state park offers two hiking trails, a picnic area, and features a natural rock bridge, similar to that of Natural Bridge State Park in eastern Kentucky. Located just west of Dunmor along State Highway 973 off US 431 north of Lewisburg, Kentucky. The lake can also be accessed via State Highways 1293 and 1785 in northwestern Logan County.

Owensboro, also known as the world’s barbecue capital, is located about 37 miles northwest of Morgantown up US 231 and the Natcher Parkway.

Not too far from Morgantown are two towns that gave birth to musicians. Central City, west of Morgantown (via KY 70 and US 431 in Muhlenberg County), is the birthplace of Phil and Don Everly (The Everly Brothers). Muhlenberg County is also the birthplace of Merle Travis. Rosine, which is north of Morgantown, is where Bill Monroe was given birth.

Bowling Green is home of the factory where the Corvette sports car is manufactured, the nearby National Corvette Museum, the Lost River Cave, and Beech Bend Park, 28 miles southeast on the Natcher Parkway.

Nashville, home to country and gospel music (Grand Ole Opry), is located about 85 miles south via the Natcher Parkway and Interstate 65 south of Bowling Green.

About 75 miles southwest of Morgantown is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, which annually draws multitudes of sportsman & vacationers from all around the country. The park that is situated between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake offers horseback riding trails, hiking trails, planetarium, and a lot more.



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