Kentucky Route 185

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Kentucky Route 185 marker

Kentucky Route 185
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
 Elongated circle 70.svgKY 70 at Roundhill
North endUS 62.svgElongated circle 79.svg US 62/KY 79 in Caneyville
CountiesButler, Edmonson, Grayson, Warren
Highway system
KY 184KY 186

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

Route description[edit]

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

Route 185 begins at a junction with the cojoined US 68/KY 80 just north of downtown Bowling Green.

It continues on past the community of Richardsville before passing into eastern Butler County.

KY 185 bridges the Green River before passing into Butler County. Just before entering the northwestern side of Edmonson County, KY 185 junctions with KY 70, in the community of Roundhill.

After this junction, KY 185 continues north until it passes into Grayson County. The route 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.


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.[3] KY 185's original south end was at Glenmore. The original KY 67 ran KY 185's present routing in Warren County, goes northeast to meet the ferry and enters Edmonson County near Segal and ended at Windyville, Kentucky at a junction with KY 70. 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. After the decommissioning of the ferry and KY 67, KY 185 in Warren County was rerouted to its current routing.[4][5][6] The current Kentucky Route 67 is now designated to follow 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 ends at 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 Route 68 Business.

Major intersections[edit]

WarrenBowling Green0.0000.000 US 68 (Veterans Memorial Lane) / KY 80 – Bowling Green, GlasgowSouthern terminus
5.0298.093 KY 526 – BristowWestern terminus of KY 526
Richardsville6.25110.060 KY 263 – RichardsvilleSouthern terminus of KY 263
Anna8.50713.691 KY 1320 – Girkin, Boiling SpringsWestern terminus of KY 1320
Glenmore11.81219.010 KY 1749 – Wingfield, Shanty Hollow LakeWestern terminus of KY 1749
ButlerRoundhill18.49929.771 KY 70 – Morgantown, BrownsvilleServes Mammoth Cave National Park and Nolin Lake
No major junctions
No major junctions
EdmonsonBig Reedy21.33034.327 KY 238 (Big Reedy Road)Serves Big Reedy Lake
23.44337.728 KY 238 west (Big Reedy Road)Serves Big Reedy Lake
23.64338.050 KY 238 east (Sunfish School Road) – Sunfish
24.73839.812 KY 1075 east (Sunny Point Road) – Leitchfield
GraysonReady29.14046.896 KY 411 – Jetson, ShrewsburySecond junction of KY 411 at mile marker 29.155
29.14546.904 KY 1655 (Wilson Church Road)
Caneyville31.35850.466 KY 2766 (Quisenberry School-Caney Creek Road)
33.50953.928 KY 79 (Morgantown Street) to US 62 / Western Kentucky Parkway – Beaver Dam, Rosine, Leitchfield, Falls of Rough, HardinsburgNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Points of interest along route[edit]

  • Shanty Hollow Lake near Anna (Ky. Dept. Of Fish & Wildlife)
  • The Corner Market at Roundhill


  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. ^ "H.B.'s Fun Facts About Kentucky Highways". Archived from the original August 27, 2002. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1967). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways.
  6. ^ Kentucky Department of Highways (1968). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:760,320. Frankfort: Kentucky Department of Highways.

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