Southeast Kentucky attractions will meet the most discriminating tourist expectations. Visitors can tour a country music stars' home place, tour an 1800's recreated Appalachian settlement (working farm), historical homes and civil war sites, scenic driving trails, musical and theatrical entertainment venues, local artisan museum, horse shows, fishing and camping, whitewater rafting, golf courses, and much, much more. Here you will find a compiled list of attractions across our eight county region.
Local Tourism Resources
Cut-Thru Adventures rents canoes, paddle boats, tubes, bicycles, tennis rackets and basketballs. Located at the shelter on Bob Amos Drive you will find an arcade, picnic area and full service kitchen offering specialty hamburgers and hotdogs with homemade chili. We specialize in group activities and cookouts. Contact us for information for your youth groups, sports teams, scouting groups, reunions, etc. We will also be handling the Pikeville RV Park on the weekends.
126 Main Street, Pikeville
Excitement is always in the air at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Centre situated in the center of downtown Pikeville. This 126,000 square foot facility has an arena floor approximately 24,000 square feet and provides concert seating of 7,000.
The center is designed as a multi-purpose facility, complete with 5,000 square feet of ballroom space overlooking the arena floor adequate for banquet-style entertaining. This facility hosts a variety of events: concerts, athletics, car shows, rodeos, circuses - a list limited only by your imagination.
For ticket information call 606-444-5500 or visit www.eastkyexpo.com.
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Toll Free: 888-622-2787
In October 1996, the Mountain Arts Center hosted its grand opening and the music and cultural fabric of Eastern Kentucky hasn't been the same since. This beautiful facility, located within a stone's throw of Route 23 (aptly named 'Country Music Highway'), houses a 1,050 seat theater, several large meeting rooms, a commercial recording studio, art gallery and gift shop.
The Mountain Arts Center has already established a reputation throughout a five state area for presenting the best family entertainment this side of the Mississippi. In just over a year, the Center hosted performances by major country and bluegrass stars (Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Ty Herndon, Charlie Daniels, Aaron Tippin, Ralph Stanley, IIIrd Tyme Out, Merle Haggard), rock and roll groups (the Temptations, Exile, the Platters and Drifters, Doctor Hook), gospel greats (The Kingsmen, Bishops, John Hagee, Steve Green), family theater (Always Patsy Cline, Babes in Toyland), big bands (the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller orchestras, and many other nationally acclaimed artists. With its state-of-the-art theater, large meeting rooms, and professional and versatile staff, the Mountain Arts Center is more than an entertainment venue.
The Center has hosted conventions, large and small meetings, receptions, catered dinners, and is presently offering interactive video conferencing services to its many users. Its educational programs have been attended by over 100,000 school children from throughout the region during the six year period of operation.
Whatever your own perspective, if you're looking for a taste of Eastern Kentucky and the best in entertainment and hospitality, come see us at the Mountain Arts Center. We guarantee you'll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Family Entertainment with Pizzazz!
1 Bert Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
The East Kentucky Science Center located on the Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, has an exhibit hall, classroom, gift shop, and one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the country. Owned and operated by BSCTC, the EKSC is open to school groups and the public, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call for hours and information.
StoneCrest Golf Course
911 Clubhouse Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
StoneCrest Golf Course is municipally owned and was developed as part of a recreational/residential/industrial complex on a reclaimed surface coal mine. When completed, in addition to the golf course there will be an industrial park, 120 residential lots, along with soccer, softball, football, and baseball fields. The City of Prestonsburg obtained the property in various ways.
The Corps of Engineers granted some excees acreage adjacent to their Dewey Lake project. Some tracts were purchased. Some tracts were donated by individuals and companies. Most of the property was obtained by trading lots in the finished sub-divisions for raw acerage.
All in all, about 700 acres have been acquired for the project. The golf course is a championship caliber links style course designed by Chris Chrisman of Summit Engineering Inc. The course measures over 7000 yards with seven foot wide concrete cart paths that give easy access to the bent grass fairways, tees, and greens. More than 50 sand traps, some 50-75 yards long, make finding your way from the black, blue, white, or red tees to the large undulating greens a pure test of golf. Negotiating the five ponds can be a challenge in the ever present mountaintop breezes. You will be welcomed to the spacious and well appointed clubhouse and pro shop by the outstanding StoneCrest staff. Lessons are available by Rick Frye, the head professional.
The pro shop features the best equipment available and also offers full club repair. StoneCrest hospitality and service are famous in the golfing community. After practicing on the putting green and driving range, or playing a round of golf, relaxing in the shade on the 2500 square foot club house porch is a treat. Views of up to 50 miles in any direction from nearly every spot on the course and the clubhouse make StoneCrest a destination you will not want to miss!
8709 Lower John’s Creek Rd
Public Golf Course - 18 Holes, Club Rental, Fully Stocked Pro Shop, Snack Bar and Practice Green. Enjoy a challenging game in a picturesque mountain setting.
History / Culture
100 Stave Br
Toll Free: 800-844-4704
U.S. Highway 23 is a designated National Scenic Byway in honor of the unprecedented number of country music entertainers who were born or lived along U.S. Highway 23. Route 23 is a major north/south route which stretches from Michigan to Florida, and is home to more than a dozen successful country musicians who call the green mountains of eastern Kentucky home.
The U.S. Highway 23 Country Music Museum opened in April 2005 and is located beside the Paintsville Information Center, exit state routes 40 and 460, from US Highway 23. Country music fans will be interested and intrigued by country music star memorabilia and displays supplied by the artists. Exhibits include Johnson County's own Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown. Other exhibits include Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Judds, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, and Rebecca Lynn Howard.
A unique gift shop features cookbooks by Loretta Lynn, Naomi Judd, and other area authors in addition to CDs, books, and videos by your favorite entertainers. The gift shop also features Appalachian crafts reflecting the artistry and culture of U.S. Highway 23. There is something for everyone at the Country Music Highway Museum Gift Shop.
Loretta Lynn Homeplace & Webb's General Store
Van Lear, KY
Tours are offered daily to Loretta Lynn's Homeplace. Just stop in at Herman Webb's grocery for the tour.
16 West Main Street
P. O. Box 833
Hindman, KY 41822
Toll Free: 606-785-9003
The Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center is dedicated to building and strengthening an artisan-based economic section through marketing, education, and support services for Artisans in 49 counties in Eastern Kentucky which includes musicians, storytellers, writers, craft makers and others who carry on the cultural traditions of the Appalachian region. The Center features the work of Artisans that are juried with the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. The Artisan Center is operated by the Knott County Arts and Crafts Foundations, Inc. in partnership with Kentucky School of Craft (KCTCS) and the Community Development Initiative.
The Big Sandy Heritage Center is located in a Historic Railroad Station in downtown Pikeville. Here you will find dozens of exhibits that portray the rich history and culture of eastern Kentucky. The center showcases the people, places and events that have made our region so unique. Antebellum-era, African American History, Civil War, moving mountains, coal, floods, Native American and the Hatfield & McCoy Feud are only a few of the exhibits you will see.
Civil War Sites
Pike County is rich in civil war history. In the Pikeville City Park, Colonel James A. Garfield was commissioned Brigadier General in the Union Army. The man who later became president was sworn in as General by Squire Charles of Pike County, January 1862. Civil War History and Artifacts at the Big Sandy Heritage Museum.
Daniel Boone’s First Steps into Kentucky
Daniel Boone is credited with discovering Elkhorn City and Potter Flats in 1767 while exploring routes to the Midwest. Boone made his way through the “breaks” of the Pine Mountain on his first attempt to find passage to Central Kentucky. He eventually discovered passage south through the Cumberland Gap.
Elkhorn City Cemetery
Elkhorn City’s oldest cemetery contains graves dating back to 1814. The cemetery is located on Highway 197 South near the center of the City of Elkhorn and is part of the city park. The Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council has an ongoing project to identify gravesites and restore the cemetery in an effort to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Elkhorn City River Walk
Located in Elkhorn City on the banks of the Russell Fork River this tranquil area offers river access for paddlers, picnic area, venues for outdoor events and is part of the Ducks Unlimited-Duck Sanctuary.
Elkhorn City Fishpond
The Fish Pond, near Elkhorn City, was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1936. This historic property served as a state owned fish hatchery and wildlife rehabilitation center for the area. The Game Warden lived in one of the buildings on the grounds and oversaw the daily operations and enforcement of conservation and environmental policy of that time. Today, there are live bluegrass festivals and the grounds are managed by the Russell Fork Fish and Game Club.
The museum is a treat for train lovers of all ages. This is a guaranteed good time with colorful stories and lots of memorabilia including: two cabooses, velocipedes, motor cars, antique uniforms and equipment. More than 1,000 pieces of railroad memorabilia are on display.
The first rumbling of the world’s most famous feud began in the mid 1800’s along the Tug River in eastern Pike County. There have been many speculations as to the cause of the feud and according to author Otis K. Rice, “there seems to have been no single point of origin…it developed from an accumulation of honest grievances and imagined wrongs.” The Hatfield-McCoy Feud audio driving tour guides visitors to sites where actual events took place. The CD is available for purchase, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800 844-7453 or 606 432-5063.
Historic Dils Cemetery
Dils Cemetery is the final resting place of famed Hatfield-McCoy Feud chieftain Randolph McCoy, wife Sara and daughter Roseanna, son Sam and daughter-in-law Martha. ??Graves of soldiers from the Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I may be found there. Named for Colonel John Dils, this was the first integrated cemetery in eastern Kentucky. The cemetery has a walking trail and overlook and is one of the sites on the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Driving Tour.
Historic Downtown Pikeville Walking Tour
Pikeville features five districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As you take a stroll downtown you can see 53 historic buildings and homes with a history of each property on the tour including the Pikeville Collegiate Institute.
Artisan Alliance of Pikeville / Pike Co.
224 Second Street, Pikeville
Telephone: 606 433-0193.
Where Community Meets Creativity. Cotton Patch Hollow Pottery: Pottery Studio, unique designs. A collection of artwork from Pike County Artists. Look for Events and Art Classes.
An engineering project second only to the Panama Canal as the most extensive land moving project in the Western Hemisphere. The cut itself is over 1300 feet long and 523 feet deep. The New York Times called it the “eighth wonder of the world.”
A gazebo and overlook have been built for your enjoyment. You will find tennis courts, walking track, hiking trails and picnic areas at nearby Bob Amos Park.
Persons of the Methodist faith were meeting on Johns Creek in Pike County prior to 1832. On April 11, 1853, land for a church was conveyed by deed of Martin and Sarah Leslie to trustees of the church. The chapel was named for Rev. W. J. Snivley, the circuit rider serving the church when it was built.
Jenny Wiley Theatre
121 Theatre Court
PO Box 22
Prestonsburg, Ky 4165
Telephone: (606) 886-9274
Toll Free: 1-877-225-5598
Nestled in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Appalachian Mountains with the boundaries of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Jenny Wiley Theatre brings quality theatre to the mountains of eastern Kentucky.
ACT is an Appalachian-based theatre company committed to quality productions and educational programming through the collaboration of artists; including ensemble members, volunteers, guest artists, arts organizations and community. ACT offers year-round theatre programming including; dramas, comedies, musicals and ACT1 theatre of young people.
There is talent and interest in these mountains as well as the desire and work ethic to fulfill this community dream. Located on Patty Loveless Drive in Elkhorn City, ACT just opened its new 5,000 sq. ft., 120 seat black box theatre. “ACT…As Rich as Life'.
“Grand Canyon of the South”?The Breaks Interstate Park, located on the Kentucky/Virginia border, is one of only two Interstate Parks in the United States. ??The 250 million year old canyon encompasses 4,500 acres of lush, green, woodlands and mountain scenery including more than 13 miles of hiking trails. The name “Breaks” is derived from the break in Pine Mountain, created by the rushing waters of the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River, as it carved a 1,000 foot gorge making its way to the Ohio River. The park sports a campground, lodge, restaurant, gift shop, museum, guided tours, and grist-mill as well as many outdoor adventures.
Developed by the Army Corp of Engineers, Fishtrap Lake is contained by the highest dam in eastern Kentucky. During the summer recreation season the lake is 16.5 miles long and has a surface area of 1,131 acres. Visitors may enjoy the beautiful scenery, boating, skiing, hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. State regulated hunting is also permitted.
701 KY Rt. 3
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Thunder Ridge Racing and Entertainment Complex offers horse racing at its best. Home of 'Thunder Ridge 100', harness racing. Intertrack wagering is available year round. Thunder Ridge Clubhouse seats 350 with a full service bar and restaurant, outdoor lounge, on site catering, outdoor grilling and campground facilities. Barn facilities are equipped to handle rodeos, horse shows and dog shows. All facilities can be available for private use. Thunder Ridge is designed with a family atmosphere in mind.