Morgantown, Kentucky , 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.