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21 Wonders of Eastern Kentucky

21 Wonders of Eastern Kentucky

It will take longer than a weekend to explore all the hills and hollers of eastern Kentucky, where steep ridges and thick forests have long hidden its natural wonders and inspired its rich art and music heritage.

The solution: Follow one of three suggested loops below to meander through the backwoods and highlands of East Kentucky to experience the region’s breathtaking natural wonders, hear the toe-tapping music of the stars born along the Country Music Highway and soak in a bit of history as told by the native coal miners and railroaders you are sure to bump into along the way.

 

Hatfields, McCoys and Confederates

Hatfields, McCoys and Confederates

Pike County, Kentucky

Friday: Cultural Offerings. Learn all about the Big Sandy Valley at the Big Sandy Heritage Center – "exhibits include Native American, pioneers, coal mining, Civil War, a tool collection and political corner,” says curator Everett...

Middlesboro: Kentucky Weekend Getaway

Middlesboro: Kentucky Weekend Getaway

In my haste to leave for a hike in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, I found I’d neglected to pack any food. I drove to Middlesboro; coming out of the grocery store, noticed the mountains had become covered in clouds. It was still a sunny day ...

It's a Long Way to Berea

It's a Long Way to Berea
This little Kentucky town at the edge of the Blue Ridge is home to weavers, potters, bark birdhouse builders and furniture makers. Berea College is at the heart of it all, and through its unique history art has grown and thrived.

Belle Jackson was in ...

An East Kentucky Tour: Pine Mountain State Resort Park

An East Kentucky Tour: Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Pine Mountain State Resort Park is named for the single mountain mass more than 25 miles wide and 125 miles long on the southeastern edge of Kentucky. Geologists call this mountain mass an “overthrust block,” pushed upward over centuries and overridi...

Featured Blue Ridge Videos

Hannah Harvey: Telling Tales of Coalminers, Gaelic Fairies and More. (Click to Read More.)

Riding The Wind at Lookout Mountain. (Click to Read More.)