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Fishing & Boating

Lake Beshear is a 760 acre reservoir located in Caldwell and Christian counties in Kentucky.  Impounded in 1962, the majority of Lake Beshear is domiciled in the beautiful Pennyrile State Forest.

Horse Back Riding

The Friends of Pennyrile is a group of people just like you, interested in promoting the natural resources of Pennyrile State Resort Park.  Our group is responsible for developing over 50 miles of horse trails located in the beautiful Pennyrile State Forest.

Mountain Bike Riding

Dawson Springs makes an excellent base for road cycling in the Pennyrile region.  Hundreds of miles of good pavement on sparsely traveled roads provide everything from a short leisurely jaunt to a challenging century ride in the hills.  Ride our roads!


Dawson Spring, Kentucky offers several opportunities for canoeing and Kayaking.  Paddle down Tradewater river one of the 8 Largest Rivers in Kentucky.

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Dawson Springs

Dawson Springs, Kentucky is a "Very Special Place" - boasting a rich heritage as the "health resort of the upper south" in former days and offering a treasure trove of heritage tourism and recreation today.  Located in the heart of the Pennyrile Region at the gateway of the Western Water land Region of Kentucky, the city is bordered to the south by one of the largest state forests in Kentucky, the Pennyrile State Forest, a 15,000 acre forest ready to offer a vast opportunity for adventure tourism from watching birds and wildlife to hunting, fishing, miles of equestrian, mountain bike riding and hiking trails and the newly developed Pennyrile Horse Camping Development.  Also Lake Beshear features one of the best bass fishing lakes in Kentucky.  Whether you seek adventure, respite, appreciation of nature's beauty, or glimpses of history, Dawson Springs has something very special in store for you.

Mayor Jenny Sewell

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