Come and enjoy a relaxing historic town in a beautiful setting.
You’ll find lots of interesting places to visit in Kentucky. Count Greenville among them. It's tucked into the hilly western part of the state, just shy of 2 hours northwest of Nashville. With around 4,400 people, Greenville promises a relaxed, small-town pace and no crowds—except during the festivals it holds throughout the year. The centerpiece of its historic downtown square is a 100-year-old courthouse. Greenville is the Muhlenberg County seat, and since one of the most famous music duos of all time had family ties to this county, you might find yourself driving down Everly Brothers Boulevard.
Browse local shops and galleries downtown. You’ll find a listing at Tour Greenville.
Locals will point you to places like the Crossroads Café (located inside Poole’s Pharmacy Care) for sandwiches and salads, Papa Manzo’s II for Italian fare, J& H Tasty Bakery (don’t miss the donut holes), Hobby’s Classic Foods for home cooking, and Philly’s, which has a huge menu that includes burgers and other pub fare, as well as steak, seafood, chicken, and pasta.
The Muhlenberg County Rails to Trail is six miles long and handicapped accessible. It’s open to hikers, bikers, roller bladers, and horseback riders. Follow the trail from Greenville to Central City, Kentucky. It even includes a covered bridge. Less than 30 minutes from Greenville, Lake Malone State Park has a 788-acre reservoir surrounded by high sandstone bluffs, plus easy hiking trails and campsites.
For a small town, Greenville has its share of special events. Saturdays on the Square is a summer concert series featuring a variety of musical genres, and there’s an annual Twilight Antique Car Show held in conjunction with it. The Squash and Gobble Arts Bazaar & Fall Festival happens each September. Also on the event calendar is The Clodhopper Vintage Tractor Show. And while you’re in town enjoying the festivities, visit The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame & the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Weekend.
You’ll find chain lodging in the area, or you can check out hotels in much larger Bowling Green, which is about 45 minutes to an hour away. But if you really want to ramp up your options, spend a day exploring Greenville and then cruise on down to Music City for the night. (Aside: Two outstanding Nashville hotels, The Hermitage Hotel and the Inn at Fontanel, are part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. Not that we’re bragging or anything.)
So You Want to Move There
"I think people are drawn here for small town living in a very affordable community—our average sale price for a single-family dwelling was $119,000 last year," says Vickie Burke, a realtor with Lynelle S. Eaves Realty and Option Co. Inc. "We're accessible to places like Bowling Green and Nashville, and we have a strong music heritage. There's always something going on downtown. But it's not like you have to leave home an hour early to drive 10 miles to work."
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