It is not obvious upon entering Warren County on Highway 68 that one is arriving in the second most populous county along the route. Farmland, tobacco barns, scattered residences, and livestock greet eastbound travelers on this historic highway, followed by the quaint community of Rockfield. As one approaches the Natcher Parkway overpass, however, the edge of Bowling Green, Kentucky’s fourth largest city, comes into view.
Heading into town, Highway 68 runs alongside the campus of Western Kentucky University, passing athletic facilities and the Kentucky Library and Museum. The Museum houses several exhibits including “Recommended by Duncan Hines,” (left) a tribute to the Bowling Green native and cake-mix icon, whose former home and office is also located a bit farther along this historic highway.
Also on this portion of campus is the Felts Cabin, an interpretive example of pioneer life in rural Kentucky.
As one continues downtown, signs of revitalization and restoration are all around as 68 goes directly past the site of the future Minor League Baseball Park. Next, it is a little taste of transportation heritage with the Historic Railpark and Train Museum, housed in the restored L&N Depot built in 1925. Visitors enjoy touring the vintage railcars out on the tracks, including the Duncan Hines Diner, a 1949 Pullman Standard Dining Car.
Short detours off this stretch of Highway 68 deliver visitors to Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon, the National Corvette Museum, Riverview at Hobson Grove and the GM Assembly Plant.
The Civil War Discovery Trail through Warren County also includes a few spots found along Highway 68. Winding down the trip is a jaunt through Oakland, a beautiful rural community that was once a booming railroad town.
Other points of interest along Hwy 68-80 in Warren Country include historic downtown Bowling Green, Riverwalk pedestrian bridge and the future home of the Mitch McConnell Whitewater Park, Woodsmen of the World headquarters, the Kentucky Transpark, Old Rockfield School and Smith’s General Store.