Country Music Highway Byway

Enjoy the beautiful Country Music Highway Byway along the 150-mile National Scenic Byway stretch of U.S. 23. This road traverses a part of Eastern Kentucky that has produced more million-unit selling artists per capita than any other region in the world. Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Judds, Chris Stapleton, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam and many other celebrated country music artists have proudly once called this area of The Kentucky Wildlands home.

Take a road trip down this legendary way and find the birthplace of The Judd’s and Billy Ray Cyrus. Visit the “Cabin on a Hill in Butcher Holler” made world-famous in song by Loretta Lynn. Stop off at museums telling local stories and lore from music to coal mining, including the Coal Miners’ Museum in Van Lear and the official U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum in Staffordsville. The U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum features extensive exhibits, rare memorabilia and live weekly front porch pickin’ shows, as well as unique gift shops filled with one-of-a-kind traditional Appalachian music and crafts souvenirs.

Explore Kentucky’s breathtaking state parks along the route, such as pristine Yatesville Lake State Park and the expansive Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offering boating, skiing, jet-skiing, tubing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, lodging, exclusive dining, and even Broadway Shows in a wooded outdoor amphitheater, one of the longest running outdoor theatres in the country. Experience the genuine Appalachian hospitality and local charm of beautiful mountain towns along the way, such as historic downtown Paintsville lined with local shops, bakeries and cafes. Ashland’s lush Central Park and beloved art deco Paramount Arts Center & Theatre is a must see. And don’t forget to grab an RC Cola and Moonpie from local-favorite Webb’s Grocery, owned and curated by Loretta Lynn’s brother, as you cruise this historic scenic route.

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