National Scenic Byways

Drive through breathtaking, unspoiled National Natural Landmark areas. View awe-inspiring roadside natural wonders. Visit one-of-a-kind Nationally Registered Historic Places. Discover and experience the rich culture, heart and soul of the Appalachian region.

Enjoy beautiful, expansive state resort parks. And explore picturesque mountain towns all on one of the incredible National Scenic Byways winding through The Kentucky Wildlands.

To be recognized as a National Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation, a road must possess one or more scenic, natural, cultural, historic, archeological and recreational qualities. The Kentucky Wildlands actually has three roads that have been designated National Scenic Byways because they meet those required characteristics and offer so much more, including breathtaking views, fun, adventure, discovery, thrills and unforgettable memories, to name a few. Take a drive on the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway, the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway Byway or the Country Music Highway Byway to experience some of the extraordinary hidden gems and treasures that can only be found in The Kentucky Wildlands.

Hidden Gems in the Kentucky Wildlands

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the region’s underwater friends, explore karst terrain, see...

Beattyville Boat Ramp

3 Mile River Trail Option: Launch from the concrete Sharp Rock Ramp located three...

Pleasant Valley Country Club

The 9-hole "Pleasant Valley" course at the Pleasant Valley Country Club & Restaurant...

Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List

Hazard

Draped in a majestic mountainous backdrop of The Kentucky Wildlands, the Kentucky Trail Town of Hazard offers slices of vintage Americana for everyone. Peruse Main Street and enjoy local dining at Big Blue Smokehouse or Jabo’s Coal...