Distilleries & Moonshine of The Kentucky Wildlands

The traditional charcoal filtered distilling methods, processes and authentic recipes that have been passed down over time and generations are alive and well in the rich Appalachian distilling culture of The Kentucky Wildlands today.

Trace historic scenic routes once scouted and used by original moonshiners and bootleggers in The Kentucky Wildlands at the Moonshiner’s Hollow Interpretive Trail (featuring 18 learning stations describing abundant indigenous plants and wildlife) in pristine Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.

Discover the trade secrets and recipes created during Prohibition at one of our local distilleries:

  • Kentucky Mist Moonshine is a craft distillery located in the mountain town of Whitesburg, where you can taste the 100-year-old legacy of the Holbrook family in their flavored moonshines and vodkas.
  • In Pikeville, sample moonshine at Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery, where cultural mountain influences, such as bluegrass music, are woven into stories of their distilling heritage.
  • Raise a glass of Fuel of the Feud Moonshine made from the same spring water used by the legendary McCoys of the Hatfield/McCoy Feud fame at the Pauley Hollow Distillery along the Kate Camp Branch stream which draws its water from the original McCoy well.

Celebrate Kentucky’s rich moonshine heritage and cultural traditions at events and festivals, such as the 4-day Moonshiners Ball held annually in the Daniel Boone National Forest, featuring all genres of music, multiple local food vendors and on-site distilling workshops held by Kentucky’s finest distillers.

From moonshines, whiskeys and bourbons to brandy and vodkas in a wide range of flavors and proofs, you’ll find plenty to savor along with some unforgettable experiences at the unique distilleries of The Kentucky Wildlands.

Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List

London

With more than 300 miles of bike routes, the Kentucky Trail Town of London resting on the outskirts of the Daniel Boone National Forest is considered the Cycling Capital of Kentucky.