For other places with the same name, see Paducah (disambiguation).

Paducah is a small city on the Ohio River about halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee. The county seat of McCracken County and the largest city in the Jackson Purchase area of western Kentucky, Paducah has a booming riverfront restaurant trade and arts scene in part driven by the city's Artist relocation program which offers interest free housing loans, and other subsidies for established artists willing to relocate from New York, San Francisco, or elsewhere. Paducah is the hometown of humorist Irvin Cobb and former Vice President Alben Barkley (with President Harry S. Truman).

Restaurants and shops line both sides of the old Market House in downtown Paducah

Get in

By car

Most visitors will arrive by car: Interstate Highway 24 describes a semi-circle around Paducah from the northwest where it crosses the Ohio River into Southern Illinois to the southeast where it meets Interstate 69 at the Purchase Parkway (which will itself become part of Interstate 69 in the near future) at Gilbertsville, near Kentucky Lake. You could also reach Paducah from the east or the west using U.S. Highway 60. Travelers coming from the south or southwest on the Purchase Parkway should take Exit 25 (U.S. Highway 45) on the north side of Mayfield and turn left (north on 45); from there, Paducah is about a half-hour drive along a four-lane highway.

By plane

There are a few commercial flights per day from the Barkley Regional Airport (PAH) 4 miles west of town to and from Memphis, Tennessee, via Delta Air Lines. Most locals however prefer to fly out of Nashville International Airport (BNA).

By bus

Greyhound offers plenty of bus services, there are daily departures from Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis.   Greyhound Bus Station is on 2719 Irvin Cobb Dr, south of the city.

By boat

Where the Tennessee River meets the Ohio River, just upstream from where the Ohio meets the Mississippi. River boats, like the Delta Queen(no longer in service), often stopped at the riverfront in Paducah.

Get around

Paducah is served by a limited network of buses, Paducah Area Transit System has three lines with departures every hour during daytime.







(NOTE: on the Second Saturday of every month, most lowertown galleries remain open until 8PM.)


(NOTE: Downtown After Dinner program runs Saturday nights April–October, and most businesses remain open late. Broadway is usually blocked off from the riverfront to 7th Street (cross streets remain open) to allow a street-fair like atmosphere complete with live musical performances. Antique cars are often displayed on Broadway between the riverfront and 2nd Street, and along 2nd Street.)


Other Shopping


Award Winning BBQ! Ribs, Pork, Custom Cooking & Catering, Chicken & More, Weddings, Special Occasions, Family Reunions, Company Picnics, Award Winning BBQ, Backwoods has it all. First, the pulled pork is prepared just right, not drowned in sauce to mask the flavor. It is slightly smokey, very tender, and juicy. The ribs are to die for. The meat literally falls off the bone, I would recommend ordering these if this is your first trip. They have a special dry rub that they use with the ribs and the flavor is just exceptional. One last thing I would recommend is to try the hashbrown casserole (side item), it's REALLY good!




By phone

Most telephone numbers in Paducah, as well as the Purchase area, consist of +1 270 plus a seven-digit number, but the entire region is now served by an overlay complex of two area codes, with +1 364 being the second. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 270 before these if no area code is indicated.

Go next

Routes through Paducah

Pulleys Mill Metropolis  W  E  Calvert City Nashville
Champaign Metropolis  N  S  Splits into and JacksonTupelo
Sikeston Cairo  W  E  Henderson Evansville via
Sikeston Cairo  W  E  Calvert City Elizabethtown
END  W  E  Aurora Bowling Green

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