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 River Express. Browse boutiques, such as Moose Creek Quilts and Smith’s Woods and Water. Settle in at the new ArtStation for poetry readings and outdoor mountain jam sessions or meander down to the Mother Goose House (a private home built to resemble the structure of a goose). Check out the Perry County Farmer’s Market for seasonally fresh produce and unique local art, then unwind at the Perry County Park, featuring putt-putt golf, a skate park, an RC racing track, dog park, horse arena, and public tennis and basketball courts.

For more outdoor adventure, connect with the trail system at the nearby North Fork of the Kentucky River for hiking, fishing and kayaking. Take a quick drive from downtown to the Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park in the Appalachian foothills for seasonal pontoon and fishing boat rentals, jet-skiing, waterskiing, fishing, hunting and non-commercial trapping (rabbit, squirrel, turkey, and deer), archery, camping, and hiking, including the interpretive Moonshine Trail around 1,200-acre Buckhorn Lake.

Lottery-based elk hunting is available in the adjacent Robinson Forest. Then rev it up at the ATV off-road Mine Made Adventure Park trail system. Find your way back home for local-favorite events, such Black Gold Music Festival in the fall and Christmas in a Small Town every December, complete with an ice rink, chili cook-off and horse-drawn wagon parade.

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