Hardin, located in the southern part of Marshall County, Kentucky, is set in a rural area with sprawling countryside and farmland to the west and Kentucky Lake’s beautiful Jonathan Creek to the east. The town of Hardin is situated on Hwy. 641 between Benton and Murray making it very accessible to Calloway and Graves Counties, as well. This is convenient for the households who have family members going in different directions for school and work.
While Hardin is set in a peaceful part of the county, it also offers lake life adventures! The gently rolling hills in the area make for a beautiful drive over to Aurora, a lakeside community near Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes (LBL). Aurora is home to the locally famous Belew’s Dairy Bar that’s been serving up delicious burgers and ice cream since 1951! The drive-in style eatery is one of the only kinds in the area, where the car hops take your order and serve you right at your car. If you need to stretch your legs, there’s a large pavilion with long picnic tables to dine in the shade. Locals will tell you that it’s the perfect place to eat on a beautiful day! On Thursday evenings in the summer, The Aurora Hitching Post has an old fashioned soda tasting on a selection of their variety of bottled sodas. After browsing the antiques in the gift shop, you can sample a tasting of numerous new and old fashioned sodas, some you’ve probably never heard of! What a great way to find some drinks to fill your cooler with! Living near Kentucky Lake makes it easy to bring the pleasures of the weekend into the week, like sharing a picnic and watching the boats at the KenLake Marina, or boating to one of several small beaches for a bonfire under the stars. Don’t forget LBL’s Planetarium located at Golden Pond Visitor’s Center or the Elk and Bison Prairie down the road. There are countless hiking trails and walking paths at Land Between the Lakes, and one of the local’s favorites is Hematite Lake. There you’ll find a rustic trail circling the tucked-away lake the whole family can enjoy and several picnic tables. The newly built Eggner’s Ferry bridge, located on Hwy. 68, has a great walking path that goes over the lake. With a expansive view like that, it’s easy to see why the bridge has quickly become a favorite place for a morning or evening stroll when the weather is nice. There’s so much around the lakes to see, and the activities are endless!
The town of Hardin may be small, but it’s not lacking. To satisfy your hunger, head over to Four Seasons Restaurant, a mainstay to the town of Hardin, for a satisfying breakfast! While they’re known for their Friday night “Rib Night” and catfish platters, their breakfast is also popular as they have a crowd every Saturday morning. It’s a good place to see the locals, and to hear where the fish are biting. Just down the road is the Hardin Library, a branch of the Marshall County Library. This nice library gives the Hardin locals easy access to a quiet place to read or study. Along with a large selection of books to check out, every week it offers an impressive selection of clubs, workshops and activities for people of all ages. On the education front, Hardin is truly set apart for a small community with it’s private school, New Covenant Christian Academy, in addition to the county’s public school. Again, this makes Hardin a neighborhood that’s accessible to anything you would need, and not far from anything you want.
Hardin is a lovely community to reside! It’s lake area is wonderful, because there’s both the tranquility of nature along with all the recreation it brings, at your back door. It lends itself to a peaceful way of life where one can slow down enough to start that dream of a hobby farm or throw the fishing line in the lake after work. Just because it’s rural, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have something special to offer — it’s a hidden gem!