Heritage & Culture

The powerful spirit of adventure and resilience found in The Kentucky Wildlands can be traced to the area’s early Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh immigrants and roots. The coal-mining explosion of the early 1900s that brought people from around the world to the mountains of eastern Kentucky played an important role in America’s growth and industrialization and contributed to today’s Appalachian traditions, heritage and culture. Colorful characters span centuries of history, including Daniel Boone; the Hatfields and McCoys, creators of the original family feud; and Colonel Harland Sanders, creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Year-round festivals, live performances, historic sites and tours highlight the lives, stories and events that shape this unique and often overlooked part of our country.

Hidden Gems in the Kentucky Wildlands

Liberty Park Veteran's Wall

The Veteran’s Wall is a memorial dedicated to all U.S. Service Members from Liberty...

Asher Hunting Access Area

This area is open to hunting for statewide regulations and rules and regulations in...

Zilpo Road National Forest Scenic Byway

The Zilpo Scenic Byway is a gently curving eleven mile road with a travel time of...

Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List