Kentucky Route 163

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Kentucky Route 163

Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length29.823 mi[1] (47.995 km)
Major junctions
South end SR 51 at the Tennessee State Line south of Hestand
Major intersections KY 100 in Tompkinsville
KY 90 at Beaumont
North end US 68 / KY 80 / East Stockton Street in Edmonton
CountryUnited States
CountiesMonroe, Metcalfe
Highway system
KY 162 KY 164

Kentucky Route 163 (KY 163) is a 29.823-mile-long (47.995 km) state highway that traverses through two counties in south-central Kentucky. It runs from Tennessee State Route 51 at the Kentucky-Tennessee border south of Hestand to U.S. Route 68, Kentucky Route 80, and East Stockton Street in Edmonton via Tompkinsville.

Route description

The highway starts at the Tennessee state line in southern Monroe County on the road where going south, it continues as Tennessee State Route 51. KY 163 then heads southeast passing through Hestand before reaching the city of Tompkinsville, where it meets KY 100 and KY 63. KY 163 then enters Metcalfe County, and crosses KY 90 at Beaumont. KY 163 ends in the city of Edmonton at an intersection with U.S. Route 68 (US 68) and KY 80. Since the route of KY 163 was moved in 2020 to the 3.8 mile Tompkinsville Bypass,[2] KY 375 acts as a 3.3 mile alternate route of KY 163 in downtown Tompkinsville, as the north and south endpoints are at KY 163.[3]

Since 2002, the first 8.5 miles (13.7 km) of KY 163, along with the entire Tennessee Route 51 corridor, and several other routes, is part of the designated route of the annual Roller Coaster Yard Sale, an outdoor second-hand yard sale event that takes place in the first weekend of October.[4][5] The specified section of KY 163 is also part of the Cordell Hull Scenic Byway, one of Kentucky's Scenic Byway routes.


In addition to KY 163's current alignment through Monroe and southern Metcalfe Counties, KY 163 ran an additional 10 miles (16 km) to end at a junction with KY 70, another major state route, at Sulphur Well. KY 70 alone went northward to Greensburg (Green County) and Campbellsville (Taylor County) at that point. KY 163's northern terminus was relocated to its current location when US 68 was rerouted onto this route during the 1940s. Since then, KY 70 ran concurrent with US 68 all the way to Campbellsville.[6][7]

Major intersections

SR 51 south (Tompkinsville Highway)
Southern terminus at state line
KY 216 east (Vernon Road)
Western terminus of KY 216
KY 3144 west (Capp Harlan Road)
Eastern terminus of KY 144
KY 375 north (Celina Road)
Southern terminus of KY 375; southern end of Tompkinsville bypass route
KY 3144 east (Capp Harlan Road)
Western terminus of KY 3144
9.08814.626 KY 100 (Center Point Road)
10.02216.129 KY 1049 (Radio Station Road)
KY 375 south (Edmonton Road)
Northern terminus of KY 375; northern end of bypass route
KY 2768 west (Old Edmonton Road)
Eastern terminus of KY 2768
KY 1049 south (Radio Station Road)
Northern terminus of KY 1049
KY 678 west (Homer Bartley Road)
Eastern terminus of KY 678
KY 1520 south (Roy Lee Humes Road) / Roy Lee Humes Road
Northern terminus of KY 1520
21.51034.617 KY 90 (Summer Shade Road)
KY 496 south (East Hamilton Street) / West Hamilton Street
Northern terminus of KY 496
US 68 / KY 80 (West Stockton Street / North Main Street) to Cumberland Parkway / Stockton Street – Columbia, Glasgow
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Division of Planning. "HIS Official Rout Point Log Criteria". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved 16 Jun 2022.
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  3. ^ "HIS Official Milepoint Route Log Report".
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  5. ^ All articles with bare URLs for citations[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "H.B.'s Fun Facts About Kentucky Highways". Archived from the original Archived 2002-08-27 at the Wayback Machine August 27, 2002. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1939). Official Kentucky State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways. Retrieved June 16, 2016.