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Daniel Boone Country

With its dramatic scenery and unbridled adventure, frontiersman Daniel Boone may have had this ruggedly beautiful region in mind when he said "Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place."

The drama of nature’s untamed splendor wows visitors today just as it did Daniel Boone when he first explored this region of Kentucky in the late 1700s. This is one of Kentucky’s most magnificent frontiers, from the climbing mecca of Red River Gorge to the “Niagara of the South,” Cumberland Falls. With stunning views and unexpected adventures around every mountain bend, whether you want to get your adrenaline racing or kick back on a relaxing retreat, Daniel Boone Country is where you can truly get away from it all.

Daniel Boone Country Region Map

Boy zip lining with guide in Harlan County, Kentucky


More Things to Do in Daniel Boone Country

The abundance of lakes and rivers in Daniel Boone Country creates endless opportunities for water recreation. Paddle the Cumberland River, or spend the day boating (or houseboating) on beautiful Laurel River Lake. For anglers, these waterways are some of the best in the state for bass, crappie, walleye and muskie, as well as stream fishing. More wild adventures await in the form of backcountry camping, zipline rides, elk viewing and off-roading on hundreds of miles of high-elevation ATV trails.

The misty mountains of Daniel Boone Country are teeming with history and heritage. Trace Daniel Boone’s footsteps through America's First Frontier at Cumberland Gap National Park and along Boone Trace. Learn about Kentucky’s role in the Civil War at places like Historic Barboursville, Hazard and Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield. Enjoy a variety of shows in Kentucky’s Country Music Capital at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center; next door at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum, hear about the stars who gave the Bluegrass State its signature sounds.

Daniel Boone Country

Regional Cuisine

Traditional foods of Kentucky's Daniel Boone Country

Visit the original Kentucky Fried Chicken, and fill your plate with down-home delicacies like mountain stream fish, native game and apple stack cake. You’ll quickly learn why Appalachian life centers around the kitchen table. 

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