|When I was a child my family would travel
Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn.
And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
The trip began at the boat ramp below "Dismal Rock" on the Nolin River. There is only 8 miles of the Nolin River left, the upper 70 miles of it have been dammed up to create Nolin Lake. The 8 miles below the dam to the conjucture with the Green River is very pretty, as 7 miles of it are inside the national park and have been allowed to go wild again...
So, we unloaded the canoe, stocked everything on board, told my BIL goodbye and that I'll call when I got to where ever I was going, and he could come pick me up....maybe
Taking a coffee break inside the cliff cuddy at "Cuddy Cove"....also my favorite camping spot...
Morning after the first nights camp on the banks of the Green River...
The Green, Nolin and Big Barren rivers used to be heavily commercialized, with a slack water navigation system of locks and dams that went into service 4 months before George Armstrong Custer was born, and stayed in service until 1967. Only the lower two locks still operate. The rest of the system has been left to decay, and the deserted ghosts of the rivers past are slowly being swallowed up by mother nature....