Ashland: A Proud Past and a Bright Future

Exterior of the Paramount Theater in Ashland, KYWinchester Avenue, the main street serving Ashland, Kentucky is home to many arts venues throughout the city including the historic Paramount Arts Center. The Paramount hosts the Kentucky Music Trail, a Youth Education Series, a Broadway Series and many other enriching cultural programs and concerts.

During the Thanksgiving season, the theatre is transformed into a holiday extravaganza for the “Festival of Trees and Trains,” which has been named one of the top 10 Kentucky winter events by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.

But outside of the Paramount, there are many other can’t-miss attractions as well!

A visit to Ashland would not be complete without stopping by the Jesse Stuart Foundation and Bookstore, which includes a wonderful gift shop showcasing Kentucky products. The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and Central Park are also must-sees during your visit.

Along the Riverfront

Pond at Central Park in Ashland, KYThe city has undergone a riverfront development in recent years that you will not want to miss.  In place are beautiful floodwall murals, including the first quilt block to be painted on a floodwall in the United States. Nearby Catlettsburg also features picturesque floodwall murals, a historic courthouse and many other beautiful buildings.

If you’re ready for some outdoor adventure, Rush Off-Road offers 100+ miles of ATV trails across 7,000 acres. Play a round of disc golf or hike the historic Iron Ore trails through pretty Armco Park.   

A variety of family festivals and other events offer fun all year long, including a Memorial Day celebration, Summer Motion, Poage Landing Days, Catlettsburg Labor Day Celebration, the Boyd County Fair, Great Bowls of Fire Chili Fest, Wolfpen Woods Pioneer Village Indian Summer Living History Event and the big Winter Wonderland of Lights

Ready for more? Come enjoy the Country Music Highway (US 23), where you’ll hear lots of great music while soaking up the area’s culture.

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