Cumberland Parkway

The Cumberland Parkway is part of a corridor designed to speed traffic across the southern tier of Kentucky counties. Picking up US 68 / KY 80 traffic via I-65 at Bowling Green, the parkway parallels KY 80 to Somerset, where KY 80 again picks up the route to London and I-75. From there, the Daniel Boone Parkway runs to Hazard, and KY 80 picks up the route and runs to the Big Sandy River area of extreme eastern Kentucky. Interchanges serve each town along the Cumberland Parkway's route. The Cumberland Parkway was built in the mid 1970s, but was the brainchild of Gov. Louie B. Nunn, who served from 1967 to 1971. A Republican from Glasgow (one of the towns served by the route), Gov. Nunn is one of the few GOP members ever elected governor in Kentucky. He envisioned a modern highway to serve several counties in south-central Kentucky suffering from chronic economic woes, due in part to the lack of attention given those counties because a majority of the voters there are Republicans and thus never favored by the Democratic administrations of the past. Tolls are still charged on this route, one of the four Kentucky parkways for which the bonds have not yet been paid off.

I-65 North

Exit 1A

Louisville

Mammoth Cave National Park

I-65 South

Exit 1B

Bowling Green

I-65 is a major north-south interstate route, both in Kentucky and in the central part of the United States. Running from Mobile to Chicago, it serves Birmingham, Nashville, Louisville and Indianapolis. In Kentucky, it connects Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Louisville. Taking I-65 north leads through Kentucky's cave country and passes through E-town before entering Indiana at Louisville. South I-65 leads to Bowling Green (the intended destination of the Cumberland Parkway) and then to Nashville.

Milepoint 3

PAY TOLL

Milepoint 3

Thru cars 30 cents. For a complete toll schedule, click here. This is the Bon Ayr toll plaza.

Exit 11

US 31E

US 31E

Exit 11

Glasgow
Scottsville

Scottsville
Glasgow

Barren River Lake
State Resort Park

Barren River Lake
State Resort Park

US 31E offers a leisurely, scenic alternative route to I-65 and US 31W from Nashville to Louisville. Northbound US 31E cuts through central Kentucky farm country on its way to Hodgenville, Elizabethtown and Mt. Washington. South US 31E leads to Scottsville, where it joins US 231 and continues south into Tennessee.

Exit 14

KY 90

KY 90

Exit 14

Glasgow
Burkesville

Glasgow

KY 90 carries a significant amount of east-west traffic across Kentucky's southernmost counties. West of Glasgow, KY 90 is a fast route to Cave City, I-65, and Kentucky's cave region. This exit also provides access to KY 163, which leads south to Tompkinsville. Eastbound KY 90 leads to Burkesville, where it becomes an improved road and an Appalachian Regional Commission corridor, then on to Albany (US 127) and Monticello, where it turns back toward Burnside (US 27) and Somerset.

Exit 27

US 68 / KY 80

US 68 / KY 80

Exit 27

Edmonton

Edmonton

At Edmonton, US 68 leaves (or joins, depending on your direction of travel) its long-running multiplex with KY 80. This exit is west of town. At Edmonton, KY 63, which leads to Tompkinsville, intersects the route. US 68 east leads on to Greensburg, Campbellsville, Lebanon, and on to the northeast. Much of this route has been recently reconstructed, offering speedy access to Springfield, the Blue Grass Parkway, Danville, Lexington, and other points to the northeast.

Exit 27

PAY TOLL

Exit 27

Thru cars 80 cents. For a complete toll schedule, click here. This is the Edmonton toll plaza.

Exit 49

KY 55

KY 55

Exit 49

Columbia

Columbia

Lake Cumberland
State Resort Park


Green River Lake
State Park

Green River Lake
State Park

Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College

Campbellsville

Campbellsville University
Campbellsville

Campbellsville University

KY 55 is a major north-south, nearly border-to-border highway through the central part of Kentucky. Here, it gives access to Lake Cumberland and Albany (via US 127) to the south, and Campbellsville, Lebanon and Springfield to the north. In Columbia, the route also offers access to KY 61, which leads to Burkesville to the south and Greensburg to the north. KY 55 intersects major routes such as US 68, US 150, the Blue Grass Parkway and I-64 on its trek northward.

Exit 62

US 127

US 127

Exit 62

Jamestown
Russell Springs

Russell Springs
Jamestown

Lake Cumberland
State Resort Park

Lake Cumberland
State Resort Park

US 127 is another major north-south highway, and is in the process of being improved all the way from I-71 in the north to the Tennessee state line in the south. Here, taking the southbound exit leads to Jamestown and Albany, before the route disappears into the Volunteer State. Right at the state line, at Static, TN 11 (an Appalachian Regional Commission highway corridor) gives a modern highway link to I-40 at Cookeville. Northbound US 127 serves Russell Springs, Liberty, Danville, Harrodsburg, Lawrenceburg and Frankfort. It also links the Cumberland Parkway with the Blue Grass Parkway, I-64 and I-71. Those portions of US 127 which are not under improvement construction right now are scheduled for widening.

Exit 62

PAY TOLL

Exit 62

Thru cars 90 cents. For a complete toll schedule, click here. This is the Russell Springs toll plaza.

Exit 78

KY 80

KY 80

Exit 78

Nancy

Nancy

Re-entry 20 cents

20 Cents Cars 20 Cents
Do Not Exit Without Exact Coins
No Change Made

This exit provides access for residents of western Pulaski County, and makes the trip to Somerset a little faster and safer. The tradeoff is the toll charge for entering the parkway toward Somerset, or leaving the parkway heading away from Somerset. The toll booths are unmanned and exact change is required on the toll ramps. There is no charge if you leave the parkway heading eastbound, or if you enter the parkway westbound, but you will be subject to the toll booth at Russell Springs. For a complete toll schedule, click here. This is the Nancy toll plaza.

Milepoint 87

Jct KY 80
Jct KY 1225

Jct KY 80
Jct KY 1225

Milepoint 87

This at-grade intersection marks the end of the limited-access portion of the parkway. It allows Bypass KY 80 to join the route, since Bypass KY 80 continues on eastbound after the parkway ends. KY 1225 is not marked at this intersection.

Milepoint 88

KY 3263

KY 3263

Milepoint 88

A traffic light at this intersection regulates traffic. The route number is not signed at this intersection.

Milepoint 88

Jct US 27
Parkway Ends

Stanford
Burnside

Center for Rural Development
Somerset Community College

US 27 is yet another major north-south route, and is improved for much of its length. Taking the highway south leads to Burnside (KY 90), Whitley City and the Big South Fork National River Recreation Area, and then on into Tennessee. Northbound US 27 serves Stanford (US 150), Lancaster, Nicholasville and Lexington. The through route eastbound is KY 80. It provides access to I-75 north (via KY 461 through Mt. Vernon) and intersects I-75 and the Daniel Boone Parkway at London. There, the Daniel Boone Parkway serves Manchester and Hazard, where KY 80 again picks up the through route to serve Hindman before intersecting US 23 south of Prestonsburg. The Cumberland-Daniel Boone-KY 80 corridor offers a link from the Bowling Green area, and points west, to the mountains of southeastern Kentucky.

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