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Hidden River Cave, Kentucky Down Under & Farmwald’s Bakery in Horse Cave, Kentucky

Best things to do in Horse Cave Kentucky - Sandra Wilson - Horse Cave KOA Conestoga covered wagon

Horse Cave KOA Conestoga covered wagon.

I’m really excited to interview Sandra Wilson, Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism Executive Director, about Horse Cave, Kentucky. Sandra’s tips for the best things to do in Horse Cave are awesome because she grew up nearby and stayed here because it’s rural but not remote. She gets to meet visitors from all over the world while promoting the caves, attractions, and people of Hart County.

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Best things to do in Horse Cave Kentucky - Sandra Wilson - Mammoth Cave National Park sign

Lee and family at the Mammoth Cave National Park sign.

Horse Cave, Kentucky

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Hart County Tourism, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. Also, check out my list of the best things to do in Horse Cave and my review of Horse Cave KOA, where we stayed in a Conestoga covered wagon.


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Best things to do in Horse Cave Kentucky - Sandra Wilson - Dutch Country Safari Scarlett with baby goat

Scarlett with a baby goat at the Dutch Country Safari.

Getting around Horse Cave

Sandra says you can either fly into either Nashville International Airport (BNA) or Louisville International Airport (SDF), both of which are about an hour away from Horse Cave. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.


Sandra says that rideshares are not really an option and that renting a car is the best way to get around the area. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Horse Cave Kentucky - Sandra Wilson - Entrance to Hidden River Cave

Lee and kids at the entrance to Hidden River Cave. This cave is underneath the downtown area of Horse Cave, Kentucky.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Sandra Wilson about Horse Cave, Kentucky. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Horse Cave, Kentucky
  • Green dots = best things to do in Horse Cave, Kentucky
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Horse Cave, Kentucky

Who is Sandra Wilson?

Sandra T. Wilson is a Kentucky native who lives in the heart of the state’s outdoor tourism area. As Executive Director of Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism, she promotes the attractions, lodging,
restaurants, and shopping in her rural county which is midway between Louisville and Nashville. It’s a dream job for Sandra because she gets to help people have a wonderful adventure in a beautiful, exciting part of the world. Sandra also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Kentucky University.

She worked in the customer service field for more than two decades and is a former Main Street Manager and weekly newspaper editor. Sandra has served her community in many areas including more than two decades as a city council member and mayor of her small town. She has two daughters who live in nearby Bowling Green, and she enjoys reading, movies, and getting updates from her five grandchildren.

Best things to do in Horse Cave Kentucky - Sandra Wilson and family

Sandra and her family.

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You can connect with Sandra on her website and on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Best things to do in Horse Cave Kentucky - Sandra Wilson - Scarlett feeding kangaroo at Kentucky Down Under

Scarlett feeding kangaroo at Kentucky Down Under.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Wilmington NC - Pat Stoy his wife and daughter in wildflowers near the town center

Pat Stoy with his wife and daughter in wildflowers near the town center.

Listen to the next episode when Patrick Stoy of MC Mortgage Group shares the best things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina. In this episode, Patrick and I talk about touring the Battleship USS North Carolina, exploring the grounds at Airlie Gardens, and seeing the aquarium at Fort Fisher. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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