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Blue Hole on the Green River in Kentucky

by Kelly A. McCauley on May 26, 2013

We were paddling the Green River, near Munfordville Kentucky, for our annual Memorial Day paddling trip. We took a break at a gravel bar and ate lunch. On the far side of the river, there was a feeder creek that looked paddle-able. While the kids were playing in the water and the other adults were talking, I hopped into my canoe and paddled up the creek.

As I paddled, I felt a cool breeze coming from upstream. The current wasn’t very strong yet it wouldn’t let you sit still. The water was cold and clear and had plants growing in it.

Image of plants growing under water.
Photograph by Kelly McCauley.
Image of plants growing under water.
Photograph by Kelly McCauley.

The creek didn’t go very far before it turned to the left. I rounded the very short bend and then it stopped.

Image of the blue hole.
Photograph by Kelly McCauley.

The water was coming from underground. In the picture above, the blue hole is on the far side, just past the little mud island with the plants growing out of it. With a little paddle poling I was able to get to it. The “hole” was fairly small in diameter and deeper that my paddle could reach.

I quietly sat for a while and enjoyed the few minutes of solitude.

I’m not sure on the exact location, but this is my best guess: