Venture to the forks of Troublesome Creek, and you will find Hindman, a charming hub of central Appalachian art and culture in a beautiful mountain setting.
Connoisseurs of handcrafted treasures will delight in Hindman’s art scene. The Appalachian Artisan Center, for example, offers shopping, demonstrations, tours and even a good meal. Here you can choose from an extensive collection of jury-selected art handcrafted with Appalachian pride, including pottery, jewelry, furniture and quilts. Watch artisans at work at the center’s studio. Savor specialty sandwiches and pastries in The Café, which showcases Kentucky products and local ingredients.
Heritage also takes center stage at the famed Hindman Settlement School, where visitors can tour the scenic campus and join events that celebrate the arts, such as folk dances. Founded in 1902 as the nation’s first rural social settlement school, its mission was to provide education, health care and social services. Still a beacon for progressive learning, community enrichment and cultural exploration, the school’s current innovative programs include the annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, dyslexia interventionists for K-12 students, classes in central Appalachia’s traditional arts and cultivation of local food networks.
Outdoor adventures also await in Hindman. The nearby Carr Creek State Park offers swimming and camping, as well as bass, crappie and walleye fishing. The full-service marina rents pontoon and fishing boats. Mine Made Adventure Park is a family-oriented campground with tent sites, RV sites and cabins. It features 60,000 acres of ATV, SxS, dirt-bike and horse trails.
Equestrians will be at home in Hindman. Thousands gather at the annual Knott County Trail Ride each spring and fall to ride, camp and enjoy music concerts at the multiple-day events. At the Appalachian Horse Project, free-roaming horses live on thousands of acres left by coal mining, and visitors can tour the area with a guide.