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.

Popular Destinations in the Kentucky Wildlands

Bark Camp Creek Falls

Bark Camp Cascades. Just before emptying into the Cumberland River, Bark Camp Creek...

Breaks Interstate Park

Why is the park known as “the Breaks”? The Pine Mountain range is a ridge a part of...

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park

Top Five Things To Do 1. Experience the relaxing view of Buckhorn Lake from your...

Two Places Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List

Cumberland Falls

Deep in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Falls State Park is home to renowned Cumberland Falls, a stunning 125-foot wide waterfall cascading over a boulder-rich gorge, revered as the Niagara of the South, and...