Take a step back in time into Kentucky’s past in Jackson, where you can visit an original one-room Little Red Schoolhouse, enjoy a home-cooked meal at Cozy’s Corner Café, pop into Kelsey’s on Main for a baked goodie, and find a little something for everybody at Thatcher’s Downtown. Explore the Breathitt County Museum’s prehistoric exhibits, peek into the Old Breathitt County Jail, view the Bloody Breathitt historical marker noting the area’s tumultuous “feudin’ n’ fightin’” past, and learn at the Breathitt County War Memorial how this was the only county in the U.S. to fully fill its WWI service quota solely with volunteers.
Then head out 16 scenic miles past historic schools, cemeteries and coal mines on your way to the South Fork Elk View (use of swinging bridge optional) and the mountaintop observation point to see the largest elk herd in Kentucky. Experience eastern Kentucky’s great outdoor traditions, including hiking deep into the Robinson Forest, fishing for crappie and bass on long Panbowl Lake, and horseback or ATV riding in the Breathitt County ATV Trail Park. Don’t miss the special Fourth of July Heritage Fair, Breathitt County Honey Festival and Downtown Christmas Parade events.