Kentucky Route 218

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Kentucky Route 218

KY 218 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Length31.113 mi[1] (50.072 km)
Major junctions
West endFlint Ridge Road / Mammoth Cave Park Road @ Davis Williams Road in Northtown
Major intersections I-65 near Horse Cave

US 31W in Horse Cave
US 31E at Wigwam
KY 677 near LeGrande

KY 314 near Shady Grove (Metcalfe County)
East end US 68 / KY 70 near Exie
CountryUnited States
CountiesHart, Metcalfe, Green
Highway system
KY 217 KY 219

Kentucky Route 218 (KY 218) is a 31.113-mile-long (50.072 km) west-east state highway that traverses three counties in south-central Kentucky. It is locally known as LeGrande Highway from Horse Cave to near Shady Grove.

Route description

Hart County

Kentucky Route 218 begins at the unincorporated Hart County community of Northtown west of Interstate 65 (I-65). It is the beginning of state maintenance as the main road west of Northtown is actually a locally-maintained road (Flint Ridge Road) that leads to the Mammoth Cave National Park, and would provide a direct route to the park's visitor center in Edmonson County.[2] The official road maps issued by the KYTC do not show this section of KY 218 as its western terminus is intersecting locally-maintained roads, which are not shown on any highway maps outside of city insets.

It crosses I-65 at its Exit 58 interchange, and enters the town of Horse Cave, which is part of a tourism hotbed in southern Kentucky due to its proximity to the national park. After running concurrently with Kentucky Route 335 for a couple of miles, it crosses U.S. Route 31W (Dixie Highway). About 5 miles (8.0 km) east of downtown Horse Cave, it crosses U.S. Route 31E (Jackson Highway), and then continues eastward to LeGrande, and enters the northernmost section of Metcalfe County a moment after the KY 677 junction.[3]

Metcalfe and Green Counties

KY 218 goes through a small sliver of the northernmost portion of Metcalfe County, and it intersects KY 314 while doing so. It enters Green County, crosses the Little Barren River, and reaches its end at Exie, where it meets the intersection with US 68 during that route's concurrency with Kentucky Route 70 from Sulphur Well all the way to Greensburg and Campbellsville.[4]


KY 218 between US 31W and US 31E was formerly a portion of US 68 until that U.S. Highway was rerouted to its current alignment in the 1940s.[5]

Points of interest along the route

Major intersections

HartNorthtown0.0000.000Davis Williams Road north / Mammoth Cave Park Road (Flint Ridge Road) westWestern terminus; continuation as Flint Ridge Road (Mammoth Cave Park Road)
Beginning of State Maintenance
Horse Cave5.2118.386
I-65 south – Nashville
Exit 58 off I-65 SB and on-ramp to I-65 SB
I-65 north – Louisville
Exit 58 off I-65 NB and on-ramp to I-65 NB

KY 335 north (L and N Turnpike Road) to US 31W north – Rowletts
Western end of KY 335 concurrency
KY 335 south (Old Dixie Highway) – Cave City
Eastern end of KY 335 concurrency
7.6412.30 US 31W (Dixie Street) – Munfordville, Cave City
8.43113.568 KY 1846 (Short Cut Road)
KY 1141 south (Bear Wallow Road)
Northern terminus of KY 1141
Wigwam11.52818.553 US 31E (Jackson Highway) – Hodgenville, Hardyville, Glasgow
KY 571 north (Lonoke Road)
Western end of KY 571 concurrency
KY 571 south (Seymour Park Road)
Eastern end of KY 571 concurrency
KY 572 west (Oil Field Road)
Western end of KY 572

KY 570 north (Rex Road) / KY 436 east (Hundred Acre Pond Road)
Southern terminus of KY 570; western terminus of KY 436

KY 677 south (Hiseville Park Road) to KY 740 – Hiseville
Western end of KY 677 concurrency
KY 677 north (Three Springs Road)
Eastern end of KY 677 concurrency
KY 1243 south (Atwell Road)
Northern terminus of KY 1243
KY 314 west (Center Peggyville Road) – Center
Eastern terminus of KY 314
KY 1048 west
Eastern terminus of KY 1048
KY 729 south (Little Barren Road)
Northern terminus of KY 729
KY 1464 north
Southern terminus of KY 1464
Exie31.11350.072 US 68 (Edmonton Road) / KY 70 – Greensburg, EdmontonEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Flint Ridge Road

Flint Ridge Road

LocationMammoth Cave Visitors Center to Horse Cave

Flint Ridge Road is an east–west local road that connects the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor's Center directly to Horse Cave. It traverses eastern segments of Mammoth Cave National Park, which is in eastern Edmonson County, along with southwestern Hart County. It begins at an intersection with the Mammoth Cave Parkway near the park's Visitor's Center and ends at the I-65 exit 58 interchange with KY 218. The final 5+14 miles (8.4 km) of the road is actually part of KY 218.[2][6]

Points of interest along Flint Ridge Road include the Good Spring Baptist Church and Cemetery, and the Dennison Ferry Day-use area.[7]

Flint Ridge Road between Mammoth Cave Parkway and Park Ridge Road is usually closed to traffic during winter months.


  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Official DMI Route Log". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). 1:150000. Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 65. § E7 and D7-D8. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  3. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). 1:150000. Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 65. § E8-E10. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  4. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). 1:150000. Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. p. 66. § E1-E3. ISBN 0-89933-340-0.
  5. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (September 15, 1939). Road Map of Kentucky (PDF) (Map). Kentucky Department of Highways.
  6. ^ Mammoth-Cave-National-Park-Visitor-Center-Area-Map.pdf
  7. ^ National Park Service. Mammoth-Cave-National-Park-Map-Web.pdf Retrieved November 24, 2014.

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