Kentucky Route 185

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Kentucky Route 185

KY 185 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length33.200 mi[1] (53.430 km)
Major junctions
South endUS 68.svgElongated circle 80.svg US 68/KY 80 in Bowling Green
Major intersectionsElongated circle 70.svgKY 70 at Roundhill
North endUS 62.svgElongated circle 79.svg US 62/KY 79 in Caneyville
CountryUnited States
CountiesButler, Edmonson, Grayson, Warren
Highway system
KY 184 KY 186

Kentucky Route 185 is a north–south state highway traversing four counties in west-central Kentucky.

Route description

  mi[2] km
Warren 11.913 19.172
Butler/Edmonson 12.942 20.828
Grayson 8.345 13.430
Total 33.200 53.430

KY 185 begins on Gordon Avenue at a junction with the concurrently running US 68/KY 80 just north of downtown Bowling Green. After crossing the Barren River, it continues north to intersect KY 526 and KY 263 just southeast of Richardsville before passing through Anna.[3]

Immediately after its junction with KY 1749, KY 185 bridges the Green River upon entry into the easternmost portion of Butler County near Reedyville. Just before entering the northwestern portion of Edmonson County, KY 185 crosses KY 70 at an all-way intersection in the community of Roundhill.[4]

After this junction, KY 185 continues north, crossing the Butler–Edmonson County line three times on its way to the Big Reedy community. It then passes into Grayson County, where it traverses the Western Kentucky Parkway via an overpass, shortly before reaching its northern terminus in the city of Caneyville at a junction with US 62 and KY 79.[5]


KY 185 originally crossed the Green River by way of Honaker's Ferry near Glenmore[6] until 1962, when KY 185 was rerouted onto the then-newly-built Elmer White Bridge.[7]

KY 185's run within Warren County was originally Kentucky Route 67 from the 1930s until the discontinuation of the Bear Creek Ferry around 1967/68.[8] KY 185's original south end was just west of Glenmore. The original KY 67 ran KY 185's present routing in Warren County, and then it turned northeast to meet the ferry and enters Edmonson County near Segal and ended at a junction with KY 70 in Windyville. The ferry provided a more direct route from Bowling Green to western Edmonson County. In the early 1950s, KY 185 was extended to follow a path from the Glenmore area to a junction with U.S. Route 31W at Bristow, near the present-day location of Warren East High School. After the decommissioning of the Bear Creek Ferry and KY 67 around 1969/70, KY 185 in Warren County was rerouted to its current routing.[9][10][11] In 2002, the current Kentucky Route 67 was redesignated to the Industrial Parkway in Boyd and Greenup Counties in northeastern Kentucky just west of Ashland.

From 1967/68 until around 2010, KY 185's southern terminus was at US 68's junction with Kentucky Route 234 near the L&N Depot in Bowling Green. KY 185 was truncated to its current south terminus when US 68/KY 80 was rerouted onto the Vietnam Veterans Blvd (originally KY 880), and the other US 68 alignment was re-designated as US 68 Business.

Major intersections

WarrenBowling Green0.0000.000 US 68 (Veterans Memorial Lane) / KY 80 – Bowling Green, GlasgowSouthern terminus
KY 526 east – Bristow
Western terminus of KY 526
KY 263 north – Richardsville
Southern terminus of KY 263
KY 1320 east – Girkin, Boiling Springs
Western terminus of KY 1320
KY 1749 east – Wingfield, Shanty Hollow Lake
Western terminus of KY 1749
ButlerRoundhill18.49929.771 KY 70 – Morgantown, BrownsvilleServes Mammoth Cave National Park and Nolin Lake
EdmonsonNo major intersections
ButlerNo major intersections
EdmonsonBig Reedy21.33034.327
KY 238 east (Big Reedy Road)
Serves Big Reedy Lake
KY 238 west (Big Reedy Road)
Serves Big Reedy Lake
KY 238 east (Sunfish School Road) – Sunfish
KY 1075 east (Sunny Point Road) – Leitchfield
GraysonReady29.14046.896 KY 411 – Jetson, ShrewsburySecond junction of KY 411 at mile marker 29.155
KY 1655 east (Wilson Church Road)
KY 2766 east (Quisenberry School-Caney Creek Road)

KY 79 (Morgantown Street) to US 62 / Western Kentucky Parkway – Beaver Dam, Rosine, Leitchfield, Falls of Rough, Hardinsburg
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Points of interest along the route

  • WBKO/WBGS-LD/WKYU-TV transmission facilities and tower
  • Shanty Hollow Lake near Anna (Ky. Dept. Of Fish & Wildlife)
  • Big Reedy Christian Camp, Reedyville
  • The Corner Market at Roundhill[12]


  2. ^ Division of Planning (June 13, 2007). "Official Milepoint Route Log Extract". Highway Information System. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Archived from the original on April 30, 2007.
  3. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). 1:150000. Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 64. § H3, G3 and F3. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  4. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). 1:150000. Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 64. § E3 and D3. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  5. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). 1:150000. Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 64. § D3, C3, B2-B3 and A2. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  6. ^ Thomas, Bill (September ??, 1956). "Ferries Now Rare Sight on Barren, Green Rivers". Park City Daily News. Pages 14 & 16.
  7. ^ "Remembering Ferryboats". SOKY Happenings. August 3, 2021. Archived from the original September 17, 2022. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Kentucky Department of State Highways (September 15, 1939). Road Map of Kentucky (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of State Highways. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1967). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways.
  11. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1968). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways.
  12. ^ Lindsey, Don (May 20, 2020). "Markets north of the Green River coming through pandemic". BeechTree News. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

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