Kentucky is a land of geological diversity and there is no denying the splendor of the Bluegrass or the Western Wetlands, but to me my home area with it's knobs and foothills is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Millions of years ago a vast body of water covered this part of North America and the proof is all around here. Fossils of many different types of sea creatures may be found in the streams and creeks that ramble their way down from the heights. Limestone and sandstone cap many of the hills, all that is left of the bed of that once great ocean.
Unlike the tremendous forces that thrust the mountains of the western United States into being, here the gentle yet irresistible force of water was the sculptor. As the sea receded, springs and creeks began to carve out the paths to their final destinations. In doing so, the rivers and their tributaries produced the beautiful knobs and foothills in existence today.
Differences in the rate of erosion have created natural bridges or arches that have become popular sites for locals as well as tourists. One of the most spectacular of these may be found in nearby Powell County at the Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Visitors to the area may elect to ascend the heights and walk across this huge sandstone structure where they will enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding country-side as well as an invigorating little hike. The trip may also be accomplished via a chair lift for those unable to make the climb on foot.
Other areas, although not as close to home, that deserve to be noted here are Cumberland Falls and Mammoth Cave.
Located in Whitley County, Cumberland Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the southeastern United States.
Millions of gallons of the Cumberland River plunge over massive ledges, carving a valley four hundred feet deep into the Cumberland Plateau. The top ledge of the falls, from which the river runs when at high stage in certain seasons, allows a drop of more than sixty -five feet at some points.
It is also one of the few places on the earth where one may occasionally observe a moon-bow, and has been a tourist attraction for more than a century.
About thirty miles northeast of Bowling Green, over a century of archeology reveals that mankind has utilized Mammoth Cave in one way or another for over four thousand years. Part of the world's largest known cave system, it attracts millions of visitors each year. It was even used for a hospital at one time. Read more about this fascinating place here
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my home. These are not all the sights worth seeing in Kentucky by a long shot, just some of my personal favorites.