Flooding in Eastern Kentucky has impacted our friends and neighbors in many areas of The Kentucky Wildlands. Some locations were affected, but not all. We are still welcoming visitors and encourage you to check with specific destinations and attractions to ensure that they are open and if they have any change in offerings or hours.

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Manchester Kentucky

In the heart of the beautiful Appalachian highlands, surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest, lies the Trail Town of Manchester. This charming mountain village offers easy access to unspoiled natural wonders and outdoor adventure with more than 600 miles of hiking and off-road exploration and more than 30 miles of varying whitewater rafting and canoeing, as well as riverside trail hiking, swinging bridges, best-in-state musky fishing and a downtown filled with locally owned shops and diners.

Connect with the 600-plus mile hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, as well as the 100-plus mile Redbird Crest off-road vehicle-tailored trail system within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Enjoy more than 30 miles of light and increasing rapids down the Goose Creek River, or paddle and float down the breezy South Fork. Cross the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge to discover the natural beauty of Manchester’s River Walk Trail (first paved by buffalo and later used by Daniel Boone). Then venture out to find more than a dozen other swinging bridges throughout the county. Play a round of golf surrounded by lush, forested mountains at Big Hickory Golf Course, one of the most scenic courses in the country. 

Explore Manchester on the Square, the downtown filled with unique dining and shopping, such as local favorites The Axis Coffee Shop and Gathering Place and Liberty Thredz. Numerous festivals and events celebrating nature, regional arts and crafts, music, and seasonal holidays are held in Manchester throughout the year.

City of Manchester

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