Mayors whose towns are included in the Pennyrile Area Development District are joining forces with the Regional Health Departments in the Pennyrile to explore the area and find opportunities for their citizens to exercise close to home. As most of you are aware the rate of obesity, diabetes and smoking related diseases are extremely high in our region. Exercise is an essential part of prevention. These articles will describe outdoor activities in surrounding counties that are inexpensive for families and will provide specific directions for enjoying the adventures, giving the number of calories burned joining with a healthy recipe.
The first adventure began on a cool morning on the Tradewater River in Hopkins County at Dawson Springs. The boat ramp at the Riverside Ball Park is easy to find. It is a good “put-in” spot if you have your own boat or you can contact Hank Mills at Tradewater Canoes (270-871-9475) #1 and he will arrange to launch you up river and pick you up at the Park in a canoe or kayak. During the fall and winter months, reservations are only available on Saturdays. The Tradewater is a calm river bordered by cliffs and weeping springs. There is a point on the river where Hopkins, Christian and Caldwell Counties meet. Mayor Jenny Sewell gave a fascinating history of the river as we traveled. The scenery is beautiful and since paddling burns calories you can improve your health while relaxing in the cool serenity of the river.
Canoes and kayaks may also be rented April-September at the Nature Station between the lakes. They can recommend a Water Trail around Bob Cat Point. The phone number is 270-924-2299. In Livingston County, Green Turtle Bay rents kayaks and canoes. Arrangements may be made by calling 800-498-0428.
Awesome Granola and a bottle of water are perfect fuel for rowing the Tradewater River. It’s portable, nutritious and delicious. The river is calm and easily navigated for the novice and experienced rower alike. The 2.5 mile paddle from the Riverside Park to the Mill Dam exit takes 1.5 hours and burns approximately 262 calories. Mayors pictured above from left: David Jackson, Madisonville; Dan Kemp, Hopkinsville; Jenny Sewell, Dawson Springs; Mickey Alexander, Marion; and Gale Cherry, Princeton.
The tasty Country Ham and Hot browns notwithstanding, a delicious lunch can be had at the Clifty Creek Restaurant in the lodge of Pennyrile Forest State Park in Christian County. If you enjoy the extensive salad bar and homemade Beef Vegetable Soup your caloric intake is approximately 579 calories, and that includes Oyster Crackers! Above from left: Jackson, Kemp, Cherry, Alexander and Sewell.