Sporting Life in Paducah
PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young
On land or in the water, as a spectator or a participant, the great outdoors offers abundant recreational opportunities in the Paducah area.
Noble Park is the largest of the city’s parks and a perfect spot to stroll around the lake, take the kids to the playground, have a picnic or take a swing with your baseball bat. Noble Park also has outdoor tennis courts, an amphitheater, basketball courts, nature trails and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool.
At the Port of Paducah, the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen steamboats all come to call on the river. South of Paducah is the 170-acre Land Between the Lakes recreational area which has hundreds of miles of shoreline and trails.
The majestic Metropolis Lake State Nature Preserve covers 123 acres in McCracken County, including the 50-acre Metropolis Lake. The preserve, dedicated in 1984, is located off of Kentucky 996.
The preserve is the perfect getaway for nature lovers, hikers and bird-watchers and the lake is surrounded by bald cypress and swamp tupelo. Metropolis Lake is also a habitat for five species of fish, two species of plants and a crayfish that are not common in Kentucky.
A faster pace of recreation is available at Bluegrass Downs Live Harness Racing on U.S. Highway 60 or Paducah International Raceway. PIR as it is known, was built in 1972 and is a 3/8-mile clay oval track. UMP Super Late Models, CARS Crate Late Models, UMP Open Wheel Modified, UMP Pure Streets, Warrior and Mini Sprints race at the course.
For those who enjoy hitting the golf ball, Rolling Hills Country Club and the Country Club of Paducah are private courses. Paxton Park Golf Course is a municipal course that recently underwent renovations and is open year round.