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.

Read More

Whitesburg Kentucky

Discover one of the “Most Stunning Mountain Towns in America” (Readers Digest, 2020) and enjoy unique local cafés and diners, authentic Appalachian crafts and gift shops, secret traditional moonshine recipes at Kentucky Mist Distillery, a family-run distillery, easy access to scenic hiking, fishing, mountaintop horseback riding, dedicated ATV paths and more in The Kentucky Wildlands town of Whitesburg.

Enjoy the gorgeous mountain backdrop of this historic downtown with its buildings of beautiful 1930’s Italian stonemasonry. Peruse one-of-a-kind locally owned boutiques and gift shops, such as Southern Bliss, Cozy Corner Books and Roundabout Music Company, an eclectic record store filled with rare vinyl and cuts alongside indigenous Appalachian instruments, such as dulcimers, banjos and fiddles. Known as a progressive arts and culture hub in the region, Whitesburg is home to Appalshop, a local media and arts center, housing a radio station, theater and production studio hosting regular movie nights and live music shows featuring artists from genres ranging from country and bluegrass to punk.

Savor the genuine regional flavors found at local food and drink haunt, Heritage Kitchen, known for its traditional stacked sandwiches and banquet platters, or the BBQ Bacon Jack Burgers at the Streetside Grill & Bar on Main. Toast the legendary Kentucky distilling traditions at family-run Kentucky Mist Distillery as you sample one of their specialty moonshines. Take a stroll down the scenic Tanglewood Trail, beginning in downtown, and soak in the tree-covered pathways and public artwork as you walk alongside the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

Head out for more incredible outdoor adventures, such as mountaintop horseback riding across the breathtaking Pioneer Horse Trail, or fishing in the still, bountiful water of Fishpond Lake. And an adjacent 22 miles of expansive ATV riding pathways are available for even more unique and exciting experiences during your visit to Whitesburg.

Discover Letcher County

Hidden Gems in the Kentucky Wildlands

Bear Wallow Farm

Create memories and traditions with some down-home fun on the farm. Visit a 1900...

Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area

This 7,000 acre Black Mountain Offroad Adventure area is every outdoor enthusiasts...

Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country...

Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List


Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the historic downtown walking trail, a scenic bike ride on the Cave Run Loop (both bicycle and motorcycle), a rugged hike on 1,400-foot Limestone Knob, rock climbing one of 60 routes on the crag at...