Those who retire in Campbellsville, Kentucky will find a vibrant small town with plenty of southern hospitality. If you drive about 75 miles southwest of Lexington, you will be right in the center of the state and right in the middle of bluegrass country, and there is plenty to explore and plenty to do.
One of the main attractions is the Green River State Park with over 8,000 acres of water, woods, campgrounds, and a community of floating cabins. This is fishing heaven with Walleye, crappie, white bass, channel catfish, muskie and bluegill. There is over 40 miles of horseback riding trails and all manner of recreational opportunities.
This is also part of the Kentucky Quilt Trail, a thriving tradition throughout America. The originator decided to honor her mother, a lifelong Ohio quilter, by painting a quilt square on her barn. She shared her idea and soon other communities were joining in. Now you can find the big squares on barns, buildings, dams, and craft shops. There are about a dozen quilt squares in this area and quilters come from all over to take photos and follow the trail.
The Tebbs Bend Battlefield tour is really informative. There are 11 stops on the road with wayside panels describing the Civil War battle fought here, and you can see the 25th Michigan Campsite, the Union Hospital, the main battle site and the Confederate artillery site.
The Campbellsville Historic Commercial District includes several blocks of restored or well preserved buildings including a large clock tower. The downtown area is known regionally for its 4th of July parade and festival. You will find plenty of down home cookin’ and southern hospitality in the restaurants and shops.
We found 5 horse stables that offer lessons and rides through the gorgeous countryside.
But what would it be like to retire in Campbellsville? There are almost 11,000 people in this little town and 16.5% are over the age of 65.
The good news? The average selling price of a home is $154,000! Rentals run in the $600-900 range.
The violent crime rate is well below the national average at 2.8 per 1,000 versus 3.9 in the U.S. but the property crime rate is slightly higher at 34.10 with a national average of 28.6.
Campbellsville University, a private college, has over 3,000 students which adds to the youthful flair of the town. Named in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges”, there are 63 fields of study in the undergraduate level, 17 master’s degrees, and 5 postgraduate areas. The School of Music often holds concerts for the public. The football team plays at Finley Stadium. Most of the students live on campus.
The Taylor Regional Hospital is right in town and is a level III Trauma Center and with over 50 physicians on staff. This is a state of the art facility that continues to grow with the community.
If you are looking for someplace to work while snowbirding, Campbellsville is home to an Amazon Distribution Center that hires temporary workers for the holiday season. Just a thought!
Photo Courtesy of Chamber of Commerce