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Take A Scenic Drive To Valley View Ferry - KY 169 - Tates Creek Rd - Kentucky

 The most fun way to drive to Lexington KY from Richmond KY is to take KY 169 (Tates Creek Rd) to Valley View and ride the famous ferry across the Kentucky River.

Every creek in Kentucky has a road beside it. Well... not all, but most of them do.

Kentucky is second behind Alaska for the state with the most waterways. How did the roads develop? I have to wonder if they first had Indians and settlers walking along them to get to the next settlement.

The paths became wider over time with wagons and carriages. Later were paved in asphalt to become our modern day roads.

One of my favorite ones is Tates Creek Road between Richmond and Lexington.

The trees are a green tunnel that has a leafy ceiling in the spring and summer. Later in the fall turns into a multi-color petals that swirl around your car as you drive through.

Valley View Ferry Richmond KY

What is wonderful about Tates Creek Road is that it stops at the Kentucky River at a little place called Valley View. To get across the river you will need to drive your car aboard a ferry that holds 3 cars.

The Valley View Ferrywas established in 1792 and now owned by the state. It is the oldest continuous business in Kentucky. It's free of charge to use. 


Valley View Ferry Richmond KY

Valley View Ferry Richmond KY

Last Christmas, I surprised the captain with a pretty wrapped box of chocolate truffles. I'm sure he will remember me the next time I drive across. He probably thinks I was the only paying customer last year!

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I'm always amazed how beautiful it is here in Madison County.I feel a sense of pride in showing out-of-towners around before they purchase property. Just sharing a bit of paradise is fun! 


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* Take A Scenic Drive To Valley View Ferry - KY 169 - Tates Creek Rd - Kentucky*

Comment balloon 4 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • August 20 2010 10:32PM


I never knew that Kentucky had so many waterways. We have lots of lakes and the Great Lakes but one day soon I am going to venture through Kentucky

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) about 9 years ago

All that water Lizette, makes it so restful and scenic.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Lizette - It is so beautiful. I like the idea of the ferry. I have never been on a ferry. It is a nice gesture that you give at the end of the year to the ferry pilot. It is nice to see pics around the nation thru AR.

Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Love the pics.  I especially like the stone wall.  I am sure your ferry pilot appreciates the truffles and a smile.

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) about 9 years ago

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