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Adair County - 6/4/2022


sunny 80 °F


Hello new friends! My name is Megan, and I'm originally from Michigan (Go Blue!!). I relocated to Louisville, KY in 2017, and I'm on a mission to get to know my new home by visiting all of Kentucky's 120 counties. I'm hoping to get off the beaten path and find some hidden gems - come along with me!

Adair County

Established: 1802
Population: 18,932
County Seat: Columbia
Fun Fact: Adair County has an unincorporated community named Weed

Happy Cow Cafe
Betty's Country Cooking

Hill and Valley Trail
Green River Lake Trail

Janice Holt Giles

Sick house boat at a Marina

The Big Day

Adair County is alphabetically up first. I'm not going to lie, Adair County is not quite a tourism hub, and I did struggle a bit to find interesting things to do to make the 2 hour drive from Louisville worthwhile. The mission was off to a rocky start! However, after doing a bit of digging on Google Maps, I was able to find some interesting hikes and restaurants.

We were running late as usual and got on the road around 10am. Of course we had to stop for Starbucks (as is hiking tradition), and I needed to get cash because I wanted to try Betty’s OK Country Cooking and I was convinced they were a cash only establishment. After a pleasant hour and forty-five minute drive south from Louisville, passing by numerous “Unnamed Cemeteries” along the way, we arrived at the Holmes Bend Recreation Area and found our trailhead with relative ease. Apparently, we had crossed into the Central time zone, so technically, we arrived right on time! An All Trails review suggested that the Hill and Valley trail had a bit of a tick problem, so we coated ourselves in Off Backwoods before we hit the trail. Not even a tenth of a mile in and my day was made. Nick found a box turtle crossing the trail! We said hello, took some pictures and left the little guy to continue on with his big turtle day. Aside from squirrels and the occasional bird, that was the extent of nature we saw as we meandered along the peninsula. In the winter, this trail probably provides a great view of Green River Lake. Unfortunately, we only got glimpses due to the lush summer foliage. On the bright side, the path was shaded the whole time and we got a lovely breeze off of the lake to keep the temperature down.
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Four miles later and I was ready for some country cooking! We left the parking lot and took a quick detour to Holmes Bend Marina, so we could finally see the lake we had been walking alongside for the last couple hours. The place was packed! The Marina has a lodge, cabins, a small beach, and HOUSE BOATS WITH WATERSLIDES! As badly as I wanted to hang out longer, my growling stomach had other plans. Betty’s was a quick 15 minute drive further south on the way into the town of Columbia. When we arrived, the parking lot was packed and the remaining tables inside filled up quickly. Our waitress, Little Bit, promptly took our drink orders, and like a true Southerner, I got a sweet tea. Due to COVID still spreading and my inability to make decisions under pressure, we opted to order off the menu instead of trying the buffet. I got outside of my comfort zone and chose the catfish which was accompanied by a side of fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw while Nick had the $6 patty melt. The food was exactly what I needed after hiking all morning! I wanted to try dessert but we were STUFFED, so we got a slice of the Sand Pie to go. All in all, lunch for two with drinks, dessert and after tip came out to under $30. Safe to say, we were impressed.

As badly as I wanted to see Columbia and explore a bit more, the hiking and the food coma had me beat, so back to Louisville we went. I dug into the Sand Pie shortly after getting home. It was so good that I was ready to hop in the car and drive back for another slice! We’ll definitely be back to see more of Adair County - see you next time!

Posted by megantravel 23:30 Archived in USA Tagged hiking lake country rural kentucky roadtrip buffet catfish adair

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