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Kentucky's Appalachians


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The portion of the Appalachian Mountains that stretches through northern and eastern Kentucky is easily one of the most scenic spots in the United States. With these stunning mountain ranges as a backdrop, you’ll find grand adventure and a friendly welcome always waiting for you in the Kentucky Appalachian region.

Enjoy your stay or drop by for the day at one of our scenic mountain and mountain/lake state parks including Carter Caves State Resort Park. Fish, boat, hike, take an RV ride or follow some of the finest horse trails in Kentucky through lush forests. Tour a cave or enjoy world-class golf on one of the remarkably scenic mountaintop courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Experience Broke Leg Falls, a 60- foot natural water fall, and the wonder of the renowned Red River Gorge.

Appalachian arts, history, crafts, music and culture are celebrated and honored in our festivals, museums, arts centers and historic sites including the Highland Museum and Discovery Center, national Kentucky Folk Arts Center, Coal Miners Museum, Mountain HomePlace, an actual Civil war era working farm as it was from 1850-1875.

Enjoy live performances at the historic Paramount Arts Center. Explore Appalachia’s contribution to the music of America at the US 23 Country Music Highway museum, enjoy our local cuisine and shop for unique gifts and Appalachian arts from local Kentucky artists.

For a memory-making, affordable vacation in the heart of the U.S.A, make plans to visit the friendly and welcoming Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky.


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