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.

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