A nature lover’s paradise! Five exceptional parks await you in Daniel Boone Country. This is a spot to live out your extreme adventure or surround yourself in the beauty of Kentucky. This region is named after the great Daniel Boone, an American pioneer, whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now the "Only One Kentucky," Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into the "Only One Kentucky." Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to the "Only One Kentucky" following the route marked by Boone. Isn’t it time for your family to take a true historic journey now “booming” with family fun attractions and adventure.
DAY 1 of your Family Fun Adventure
Just like Daniel Boone, all adventurers start their journey at Kentucky’s Only One Cumberland Gap National Park http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm or for reservations call (606) 248-2817.
Gap Cave Tours
Join park rangers on an exciting two-hour adventure exploring this majestic underground cathedral! The moderately strenuous, 1.5 mile tour explores four levels of the cave via 183 steps. The tour includes a 1 mile hike along the historic Wilderness Road. For the safety of all, no children under the age of five are permitted Tour has limited capacity and cost. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to one month in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.
The Pioneer Playhouse
Kids and kids at heart can experience the life of a pioneer at the pioneer playhouse in the visitor center. Don a tri-corn hat, a chamise, a hunting frock or linsey-woolsey breeches and pack your possible bag!
Explore the visitor center museum and learn about the park through hands on exhibits. See actual artifacts and lighted displays. Touch the skins of animals!
As you travel northwest be sure to look up for Chained Rock located at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville.
Estimated drive time between Cumberland Gap National Park and Kentucky Splash Water Park is 75 minutes.
Your next family fun destination is the Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center - Kentucky Splash Water Park in Williamsburg which includes a wave pool, drift river, kiddy pool, five water slides, go-kart track, miniature golf, arcade, batting cage and driving range. For seasonal dates/hours of operation and admission information, visit their website http://www.kentuckysplash.com or call (866) 812-1860.
Estimated drive time between Kentucky Splash Water Park and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is 40 minutes.
Make your lodging reservations at the hotel of your choice in the Corbin area http://www.corbinkytourism.com/lodging.htm or at Kentucky’s Only One Cumberland Falls State Resort Park http://www.kentuckytourism.com/things_to_do/cumberland-falls-state-resort-park/2705/ just awarded the Trip Advisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence.
Estimated drive time between Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Harlan Sander’s Museum and Café is 20 minutes.
After a most adventurous day, you’ll be ready for a hearty meal, so make plans to have dinner at the original home of Kentucky Fried Chicken at the Only One Harlan Sander’s Museum and Café located at 688 U.S. Highway 25 West in Corbin. Just in case there is any discussion in the car which came first the chicken or the Boone or did Daniel Boone cross the Wilderness Trail to get to the chicken surely you will find answers to all of your questions at the museum section of the restaurant. For dates/hours of operation, visit their website http://www.corbinkytourism.com/sandersKFC.htm or call (606) 528-2163.
DAY 2 of your Family Fun Adventure
Estimated drive time between Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 130 minutes.
If you are traveling with toddlers and tikes, you may want to make Natural Bridge State Resort Park your destination as you have numerous age appropriate outdoor activities to entertain your young family such as the new fenced wading pool with floor bubbles and fountain, pedal boat and kayak rentals, miniature golf or the free fishing gear loaner program to enjoy the lovely Mill Creek Lake. To truly enjoy the wonder of seeing Natural Bridge, the scenic Sky Lift is available for a fee and children younger than 4 must be accompanied by an adult. For lodging reservations, Sky Lift ticket and departure information, visit their website http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/natural-bridge/reservations.aspx or call (606) 663-2214.
Estimated drive time between Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Red River Gorge Zip Line is 14 minutes.
If you are traveling with tweens and teens, you will need to make reservations for Kentucky’s Only One Red River Gorge Zip Line in Campton. This Canopy Tour has 5 Zip lines anywhere from 330 feet to 1900 feet. The tour is between 2 to 3 hours. The last two lines are Dual Racing Zips that allow you to race at speeds up to 50 MPH soaring 250 ft. over the Gorge. Both you and your family will want to take advantage of this truly unique adventure as you travel at impressive heights and speed above one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations. For the safety of guests and guides, all zip line participants must weigh between 70 - 250 lbs. Participants will be weighed if needed and those outside of the weight range will not be allowed to participate and no refunds will be issued. All participants need to be relatively physically fit as there is some hiking, stair climbing and descending. The course has a weight restrictions and an age recommendation. For dates/hours of operation, mandatory reservations and related safety information visit their website http://www.redrivergorgezipline.com/ or call (888) 605-2209.
Estimated drive time between the Red River Gorge Zip Line and the Red River Gorge is 20 minutes.
If you are traveling with Tweens and Teens, you will want to make lodging reservations at a facility of your choice at Kentucky’s Only One Red River Gorge. View the amazing landscapes and natural bridges of this geologic wonderland and enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping and much more while visiting the Gorge. It has been designated a National Natural Landmark. This intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges. There are more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The multitude of sandstone and cliff-lines has helped this area become one of the world's top rock climbing destinations. For additional information regarding lodging, rock climbing, hiking, etc., visit their website http://www.redrivergorge.com or call (606) 768-9000.
DAY 3 of your Family Fun Adventure
Estimated drive time between Red River Gorge and Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield is 100 minutes.
In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, start your day off with a visit to Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield in London where you can walk the battlefield, including three trails, interpretive signage, and a pavilion. Guided tours of the battlefield are available by appointment only by calling (800) 348-0095. To learn more about the battle and its role in the American Civil War and special events such as reenactments, visit their website http://wildcatbattlefield.org/visit.html.
Estimated drive time between Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield and Cumberland Falls Rainbow Mist Ride is 35 minutes.
There is no greater way to end this three-day and two-night family fun adventure then by making reservations for the Cumberland Falls Rainbow Mist Ride located at Kentucky’s Only One Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Corbin where you can see the one and only Cumberland Falls from the bottom. Cumberland Falls is often referred to as the Niagara of the South and this relaxing journey will not only make this family vacation more memorable but, it will provide great photo opportunities. Reservations are recommended by calling (800)541-7238 or you can sign up at the gazebo near the welcome center/gift shop and based upon demand the ride operates. http://www.ky-rafting.com/short.htm#rainbow
If your family has the opportunity to extend your family fun adventure, here is a recommendation for Day 4.
Estimated drive time between the Cumberland Falls Rainbow Mist Ride and Godbey Appalachian Cultural and Fine Arts Center is two hours.
Your start the day with a scenic drive through the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky to a destination that celebrates its rich culture, arts and heritage the Godbey Appalachian Cultural & Fine Arts Center in Cumberland. This is a great opportunity to locate some travel souvenirs/treasures from your family vacation exploring Daniel Boone Country. For dates/hours of operation, visit their website http://www.harlancountytrails.com/godbeyappalachiancenter.php or call (606)589-2145.
Your next destination is Kentucky’s Only One Portal 31 Exhibition Mine Tour in Lynch. Portal No. 31 Underground Mine Tour offers visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car. Visitors wear the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour. Reservations are required by calling (606) 848-1530. The ride is open to all ages however, persons under 18 must have waiver signed by an adult. http://www.harlancountytrails.com/portal31.php
If you are traveling with tweens and teens, who are longing for one more adventurous experiences then cap off your travel experience at Black Mountain Thunder Zipline in Evarts. Kentucky’s newest, fastest and highest zipline with 11 lines, 1.5 miles and up to 40 foot high averaging 60 miles per hour providing two hours of excitement. For dates/hours of operation, minimal age, weight and related requirements, visit their website http://www.harlancountytrails.com/blackmountainthunder.php. Reservations are required by calling (606) 837-3205.