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recreation that’s unique to our region

Friendly residents are quick to wave as you pass along our scenic roads here in the garden spot of Western Kentucky. Vast croplands span both counties, with our farmers ranking among the largest producers of grain in the state. Our cities and towns boast beautiful historic homes.  Our geography, climate, and history inspire exploration and promote a healthy, more relaxed, and peaceful lifestyle.  Our outdoor spaces are especially beautiful in all four seasons! 


Try down-home country cooking and great BBQ at local restaurants, go hunting and fishing, and enjoy a relaxed pace of life. You’ll notice our most beloved destinations and traditions give a respectful nod to our place in history. Here are just a few:

Columbus-Belmont State Park

Columbus-Belmont State Park interprets our region’s critical role in river transportation during the Civil War. The park has a museum, hiking trails, a casual snack bar, and campsites overlooking the parks’ towering bluffs along the Mississippi River.

The Annual Banana Festival

The Annual Banana Festival in Fulton has been going on through six decades and often begs the question, “Why bananas?” We don’t grow them, but at one point, over 70% of bananas consumed in the U.S. stopped here on their way to market because we had the only ice house located along the rail route between New Orleans and Chicago. You can read the whole banana festival history here. The modern-day festival highlight? A 1-ton banana pudding travels the parade route before being distributed to festival attendees.

The Clinton-Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival

The Clinton-Hickman County Spring Chicken Festival, held in late April each year, harkens back to simpler times and promises attendees “A Feather Rufflin’ Good Time” with events such as 5K, 10K, and Kids Fun Run races, a cornhole tournament, a Wild Wing Cookoff, a petting zoo, carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts – and of course contests for chicken clucking and chicken dancing.


Fulton and Hickman county residents enjoy proximity to several excellent attractions throughout the region for exploring history, culture, nature, and outdoor recreation. Click the links below to learn more.