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Big Springs Cave in Princeton

Downtown Princeton, Kentucky is home to a small park featuring a beautiful cave with spring waters coming out of the ground.  The downtown area is situated on top of the cave and the spring, known as Big Springs Cave.

Before Princeton came into existence, the first community was known as Eddy Grove.  The name came from the spring’s swirling waters, or “eddies”, which is the source of today’s Eddy Creek.

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Port Royal, Tennessee

The community of Port Royal, Tennessee can trace its roots back before Tennessee was even a state.  When this area was known at Tennessee County and a part of North Carolina, settlers began to make their home along the banks of the Red River in 1784.

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Mantle Rock Nature Preserve

Mantle Rock is, without a doubt, one of the best-kept secrets in western Kentucky.  This natural wonder is hidden away on publicly accessible land just off Highway 133 near the community of Joy.

Located in Livingston County, 34 miles north of Grand Rivers, Mantle Rock is an incredible sight, considering most of land in this part of Kentucky is relatively flat.  But not here.  Mantle Rock is the largest freestanding arch east of the Mississippi River, spanning 188 feet in length and rising 30 feet from the ground. 

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