Culture

There aren’t many places left in the world today that time seems to have forgotten. Yet, rich in beauty, folklore, human endeavor, dignity and grit, this part of Kentucky feels like another time and place. 

A cultural melting pot, The Kentucky Wildlands is home to a distinct blend and brand of history and people, rooted in centuries of strong family ties, pride and tradition. Here, the Appalachians’ past, folklore and legends are passed from generation to generation through the local crafts, food and stories of master artisans, musicians, chefs and writers. From the high lonesome sounds of mountain songs to intricate handcrafted quilts, from art deco theaters to Appalachian classics, such as apple stack cake and moonshine, many of these sounds, tastes and experiences can only be found here.

Hidden Gems in the Kentucky Wildlands

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the region’s underwater friends, explore karst terrain, see...

Beattyville Boat Ramp

3 Mile River Trail Option: Launch from the concrete Sharp Rock Ramp located three...

Pleasant Valley Country Club

The 9-hole "Pleasant Valley" course at the Pleasant Valley Country Club & Restaurant...

Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List

Hazard

Draped in a majestic mountainous backdrop of The Kentucky Wildlands, the Kentucky Trail Town of Hazard offers slices of vintage Americana for everyone. Peruse Main Street and enjoy local dining at Big Blue Smokehouse or Jabo’s Coal...