dive site in the southwest Kentucky city of Hopkinsville is a 22-acre former
limestone quarry shut down in 1986 after workers struck two springs. In
1989, Kris Tapp began looking for a quarry he could open as a dive site, and
in 1994 the Hopkinsville location became available. Tapp and his father,
Dennis Tapp, purchased the site and opened a dive center there in 1995.
Because Pennyroyal is in the city limit of Hopkinsville, lodging and
restaurants are close by. Some motels provide discounts to divers.
Depths to: 130
feet (39 m)
80-plus feet (24-plus m)
temperature: 37 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) in February, 87 F (31
C) in the summer.
Catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and koi. Underwater attractions
include a UH-1 helicopter, 1941 Dodge fire truck, motorcycles, four-wheeler
frames that serve as an "iron reef" for fish, a school bus, seven
runabout boats, two cabin cruisers and a navigational course.
Fees: $15 per
amenities: Rental gear, concessions, restrooms, "primitive"
camping facilities, picnic tables, changing room, one submerged platform at
23 feet (7 m), two floating docks, four open-water training platforms and
two advanced training platforms.
Open: 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. weekends during the spring season, which begins the second weekend in
April, and from Wednesday to Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Winter
and night diving can be arranged but require reservations.
From Nashville, take Interstate 24 north to Exit 86. Then take 41-A north to
Hopkinsville. Look for Pennyrile Parkway, which is about 11 miles (17.6 km)
from I-24. Take Pennyrile Parkway north to Exit 9 at highways 68 and 80.
Turn right. The entrance is the first road on the right.