Surrounded by several of Kentucky’s most beautiful state parks, the historic town of Grayson, known as “The Heart of the Parks,” offers numerous opportunities for exploring the great Appalachian outdoors.
Begin your adventure hiking the nature and waterfall trails among the sheer sandstone canyons at Grayson Lake State Park, where you’ll also find exceptional bass and bluegill fishing, boating, canoeing, camping, and golf (the No. 4 rated Gold Course by Golf Digest, 2005). Take a guided cave tour through more than 20 twisting caverns and see the 30-foot underground waterfall, try your hand at gem mining, or fish on Kentucky’s original bass record-setting lake at nearby Carter Caves State Park. Experience more record-setting bass fishing, 33 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding and year-round mini golf at Greenbo Lake State Park.
In Grayson, peruse downtown’s locally owned shops and boutiques, such as The Homespun Sisters, for rare finds and timeless gifts. Visit Rupert’s Department Store for unique, trend-setting styles and search for one-of-a-kind treasures at Antiques on Main. Then try one of the many dining options by treating yourself to some authentic Appalachian BBQ at The Hogs Trough or Italian classics at Melini Cucina Italian Restaurant.
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