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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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  • Sept. 5th - Tradewater Fitness Challenge
  • Sept. 5th - End of Summer Beach Blast
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| Meeting Rooms & Receptions | Hotels / Lodging | Recreation, Hunting & Fishing |

Trails     [Maps Available]

Click each link below for additional information.

Map  Horseback riding trails ~- 60 miles

Map  Mountain Biking Trails ~- 18 Miles

Map  Hiking Trails from easy to moderate

Map  Road Cycling Routes, hundreds of miles

Map  Pennyrile Nature Trail, hiking and biking ~- 13 miles

Map  Blue Way Trails – river & lakes

Trail Town Brochure

Take Our Adventure Survey

Click HERE to download the brochure



Dawson Springs Museum  <facebook>

Dawson Springs Library Story Hour &  Historic Murals

18 hole golf course – Pennyrile State Park

Scenic Mill Dam , Trade Water River, & Riverside Park, all wood stadium

Lake Beshear Skiing, Boating, Fishing

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park  <facebook >

Jones-Keeney Public Rifle Range

Hunt’s Friday Night Auction

Dawson Springs Flea Market

Dawson Springs Public Swimming Pool

Farmer’s Market Friday

Dawson Springs Raceway R/C cars

Circle T Ranch Horseback Rides

Antique Coca-Cola Window Display

McGregor’s Orchard

Rita’s Front Porch Singing

Josiah’s  Dancing

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Smoke Free Restaurants

Alcohol served by drink, some locations

Becky’s Home Cooking / Plate Lunches

Mi Pueblo, Mexican

Panther Pizzeria, Pizza

Food Giant Deli w/Fried Chicken

Subway, Ideal Market

Dairy Queen

O’Donnell’s  Pub and Grill

Pizza Hunt

Godfathers Pizza

Purdy’s Bros Food Market, sandwiches

Odeli’s,  hot and cold sandwiches

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Par,  menu / buffet  <facebook >

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Arts & Culture

Glema Mahr Fine Arts Center, Madisonville, KY.

Dawson Springs Area Museum

Historic Darby House

Adsmore House, Princeton, KY.

Amish Community, Crofton, KY.

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park indoor or outdoor wedding

Darby House small intimate weddings

Justice of the Peace / Magistrate

DJ—Kjs Sound & Light Show

Peach Tree Florist

White Dove Releases

Charlie Beshears Photography

Wayne Hall Photography

Mike Howton Photography

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Health & Fitness

City Park Fitness Walking Trail

City Park Public Swimming Pool

Baptist Health Fitness Center

Brushy Fork Health Spa & Gifts

Britt’s Chiropractic 

2 Tennis Courts

Outside Basketball Court

4 Baseball and Softball Fields

River & Lake Canoe & Kayaking

City Park Playground swings and slide

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Hotels / Lodging

Pennyrile State Resort Park, 24 lodge rooms,13 cabins, 68 campsites, RV parking

Pennyrile State Resort Park,  Equestrian Campsites, Primitive Camping allowed in the forest

Springs Inn

6 RV  Parking Sites, Primitive camping sites allowed at Riverside Park

Hopkins County area Hotels & Lodging

Hopkins County area Bed & Breakfast

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Laura’s Country Antiques

Darby House Gift Shop (Wi-Fi)

Rio Bravo Gift Shop & live bait

Peach Tree Florist & Gifts

Tobacco Shack

Arcadia Liquors

Computer Knights

Hayes Hardware

Brasher’s Hardware

Clark, Beshear & Clark Furniture Store

Dollar Store

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Meeting Rooms & Reception

Dawson Spring Library 100 Seats With Kitchen

Dawson Springs Community Center 2 rooms, 150 + 50 with Kitchen

Pennyrile State Resort Park - 2 meeting  rooms, dining room seating 200 +

West Kentucky 4-H Camp

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Recreation, Hunting & Fishing

Jones-Keeney Public Rifle Range

Map  Jones-Keeney Wildlife Management Area hunting and hiking

Tradewater Wildlife  Management Area

Pennyrile State Forest

Lake Beshear Boating, Fishing, Skiing

Map  Tradewater River,  Boat Ramps, Hwy 109 and Riverside Park

18 hole golf course Pennyrile State Park

Map  Rock Climbing & Rappelling at Jones-Keeney Wildlife Management

Boat Rental, fishing boats and canoes at Pennyrile State Resort Park

Redden’s Boat Ramp on Lake Beshear

Plan your fishing trip and improve your success with the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources fishing forecast. Click here to view. 

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