Off The Beaten Path

If you are bored and looking for something different to experience, look no further.  Four Rivers Explorer presents “Off The Beaten Path” – featuring places that aren’t typically the first thing to come to mind when looking for a destination or a quick boredom fix.




Devil's Pulpit

When people first hear about Devil's Pulpit, they might assume it is a place of fright and horror. A cold, dreaded place filled with fear and uncertainty. But what if I told you Devil's Pulpit, found in southeastern Calloway County, Kentucky near New Concord, was a serene and peaceful place, filled with natural beauty and wonder?

Devil's Pulpit
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Long Creek National Recreation Trail

The Long Creek National Recreation Trail, located very near and in between Honker and Hematite Lakes, is paved and handicapped-accessible. This trail is ideal for individuals who use wheelchairs or have a tough time getting around.

The trail is very scenic. It has a printed guide at the trailhead so users can spot and distinguish different types of habitat along the way. At only two-tenths of a mile and completely flat, anyone can enjoy a taste of this environment.

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Cerulean Springs

It took a little while to find the location of the spring.

We recently visited the site of Cerulean Springs in Trigg County, Kentucky.  The natural phenomena of the spring's color and the history surrounding it are quite interesting.

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Shanklin Creek

Discoveries While Exploring The Shorelines of Lake Barkley

Lake Barkley recently turned 50.  The US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) built Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers in the early 1960s.  The dam birthed Lake Barkley - a shallow sister of Kentucky Lake, just a few miles east of its sibling.

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LBL Camping

My Favorite Campsite in LBL May Be Haunted

Many years ago my wife and I along with some friends of ours had a favorite spot to camp in Land Between The Lakes (LBL).  It was one of those spots that you didn’t want to tell people about because it was that good.

We had visited this spot a few times for a nice evening by the fire or to spend the night in a tent.   Beautiful scenery, isolation and the gentle lapping of Lake Barkley all provided the ingredients for a perfect outdoor getaway.

However, our secluded spot became a place of uncertainty and fright.

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Asbury Cemetery in Calloway County

Asbury Cemetery: Unusual Sights & Ghostly Tales

Asbury Cemetery in Calloway County, Kentucky is one of the most prominent “haunted” graveyards in the region.  Ask any long-time resident of Murray or Calloway County and they will have a story about the cemetery, either personal experiences or one they heard.

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Ferguson Spring

Ferguson Spring in Land Between The Lakes

Ferguson Spring
The spring, located between the road and the hill.

Land Between The Lakes (LBL) has many well-kept secrets and hidden gems.  We all know about the main attractions at LBL. However, some places aren’t well-known.  One of those is Ferguson Spring, a beautiful and peaceful location that was once the former site of a farming community.

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Patsy Cline Memorial in Camden, Tenn.

Patsy Cline Memorial
The Patsy Cline Memorial near Camden, Tenn.

You've probably heard the old 1960's song "Crazy" sung by a woman whose voice was unmistakably gifted.  Or you may have heard that same voice bellow out the words of "I Fall To Pieces", or perhaps you might be familiar with the fun and poppy song "Walkin' After Midnight".

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