The Jerusalem Ridge Festival

Jerusalem Ridge
An Outdoor Musical Adventure


Free Dry Camping on the Grounds with ticket purchase

Motel and Campground Info at bottom of this page

Jerusalem Ridge..."Where the Spirit Touches the Soul!"

Monroe SignThe Jerusalem Ridge festival is held on the very land where Bill Monroe was born and grew up. Drive through Rosine on Route 62, just outside of town and enter the gates of Jerusalem Ridge. As you make your way up the gravel and dirt road amidst all the tall trees, you pass Charlie Monroe's old home, which still needs to be restored, and immediately you begin to get a sense of the bluegrass history that this special place holds. Then the road takes many twists and turns and you can almost hear the strains of one of Bill's most memorable songs, "I'm on my way back to the old home, that road winds on up the hill..." The feeling is unmistakable, "You're in Monroe Country!"

The festival organizers have kept the charm and feel of the ridge intact while providing all the facilities needed to create an atmosphere that lets the fans enjoy the music in a setting that enhances and preserves its historical significance. It truly is a "magical" bluegrass experience!

Main StageWhen the BMF finished the restoration of the Monroe family cabin it turned it's efforts to designing a functional and fitting venue on which to hold future festivals and celebrations. Great care was taken to not only satisfy the needs and comfort of both fans and performers, but also to create such a space that would blend in as naturally as possible to the ridge and leave as much of the surrounding land as untouched and pristine as possible. And to their credit, they have done just that.

The main stage is located in the shaded valley about 400 feet from the back of the Monroe cabin. The seating area gently slopes from the main road down to the stage and affords a clear view for all and is sprinkled throughout with tall shade trees. This forms a natural, rustic 'amphitheater' like no other in the world. There is also an auxiliary stage up the hill, and across the road from the Monroe cabin where all the bands can jam which assures non-stop music throughout the day and night.

The festival grounds are wide open and provide abundant space for fans to stroll the main road and enjoy the many food and craft vendors and all they have to offer. There is also plenty of free parking and in-the rough camping available as well as sanitary facilities and even sanitary showers for a nominal charge.

Free guided tours of the Monroe cabin will also be available throughout the festival where you will be able to see the interior of the cabin along with many artifacts and heirlooms of Bill and the Monroe family.

For your comfort and enjoyment:

  • Bring Lawn Chairs and Blankets
  • Shuttles available to Antique District and Restaurants
  • If you stay in Owensboro, Be Sure to Visit the
    International Bluegrass Music Museum
    117 Daviess Street
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
    Phone: 270-926-7891
    Toll free: 888-MY BANJO

Nearby Lodging

For fans desiring more comfort, there are many motels and accommodations in Beaver Dam and surrounding areas. Below is a listing of local motels for your consideration:

Beaver Dam and Hartford (7-10 miles)

Beaver Dam Inn • 270-274-0851
Eagle Inn • 270-274-7121
Twin Islands Trails LLC• 270-836-7104
Cabin and Home
Don and Loneda Muller

Central City (25-29 miles)

Super 8 • 270-757-1700
Coronada Motel • 270-754-1320
Convention Inn • 270-338-9797
Days Inn • 800-325-2525
Best Western • 270-757-0222

Morgantown (25 miles)

Motel 6 270-526-9481
Green River Lodge • 270-526-6262

Leitchfield (22-25 miles)

Hatfield Inn • 270-259-0464
Countryside • 270-259-4021

Bowling Green, Kentucky (50-60 miles)

One hour north of Nashville

Great town to stay in if you are coming from down south and everything else is full! Average distance is 15 miles further than Owensboro . Bowling Green is halfway between Nashville and Rosine on I-65 and the Natcher parkway.

Baymont (270) 843-3200
Bryce Inn (270) 563-5141
Best Value Inn (270) 781-9594 or (877) 781-2407
Best Western (270) 782-3800 or (800) 343-2937
Candlewood Inn & Suites - (888) CANDLEWOODComfort Inn (270) 843-1163
Cardinal Motel (270) 842-0328
Continental Inn (270) 781-5200
Country Hearth (270) 783-4443 or (877) 294-6491
Courtyard by Marriott (270) 783-8569 or (800) 321-2211
Crossland Motel (270) 842-0351
Days Inn (270) 781-6470 or (800) DAYS INN
Drury Inn (270) 842-7100 or (800) DRURY INN
Econo Lodge (270) 842-6730
Economy Inn (270) 842-0321
Fairfield Inn (270) 782-6933 or (800) 228-2800
Hampton Inn (270) 842-4100 or (800) HAMPTON
Hilton Garden Inn - (800) HILTONS
Holiday Inn University Plaza (270) 745-0088
HomeTowne Suites (270) 846-3311
May Fair Motel (270) 782-3282
Microtel Inn (270) 745-9922 or (888) 771-7171
Motel 6 (270) 843-0140
News Inn (270) 781-3460 or (800) 443-3701
Quality Inn (270) 846-4588 or (800) 228-5151
Ramada Inn (270) 781-3000 or (800) 2 RAMADA
Red Roof Inn (270) 781-6550 or (800) 733-7663
Sleep Inn - Now Open! (270) 842-3800
Super 8 - Now Open! (270) 745-9986

Owensboro (30-36 miles)

Courtyard by Mariott • 1-800-321-2211
Hampton Inn • 270-926-2006
Fairfield Inn • 270-688-8887
Motel 6 • 270-686-8606
Days Inn • 270-684-9621
Sleep Inn • 270-691-6200
Comfort Suites • 270-926-7675
Super 8 Motel • 270-685-3388
Holiday Inn Express • 270-685-2433

Fall of Rough (25 miles
Rough River Lodge • 270-257-2311

Enjoy the beautiful drives between Rosine and these neighboring towns on our scenic, uncrowded parkways.



Jerusalem Ridge
Free Dry Camping on the Monroe ancestral farm 1/4 to 1/2 miles from stages.

Tent Camping FREE
RVs & Trailers Dry Camping FREE

-Water Available upon arrival to fill up.
-No individual hookups available.
-No electric hookups available.
-Truck available to empty holding tanks
on grounds daily. $15.00
-Standard factory RV, and Whisper generators only.
-Camping spots are first come first serve.

Ohio County Park, Hartford, KY (9 miles) •
270-298-4466 Hook Ups

Rough River State Park (25 miles)
270-257-2311 Full Hook Ups

West KY RV Park (25 miles)
270-757-0345 Full Hook Ups





Bowling Green Bed & Breakfasts
1869 Homestead B&B (270) 842-0510
Cave Spring Farm (270) 563-6941
Triple H Stables B&B (270) 779-2652 or (270) 529-3480 or (866) 935-2555
Victorian House B&B (270) 563-9403 or (800) 843-5210