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Things to Do in Kentucky

Much of the Kentucky is rural except for Lexington with its thoroughbred horses, the state capital Frankfort and Louisville, home to attractions Churchill Downs and Louisville Slugger bats. Frontiersman Daniel Boone’s footprints are everywhere. Follow the Bourbon Trail to learn about the many distilleries. Visit Newport’s aquarium and walk along the Ohio River levee. Crafts are showcased at Berea, while Paducah is famous for its quilt show and downtown murals. Land Between the Lakes is a recreation paradise with plenty of things to do.  Discover Mammoth Cave and the National Corvette Museum. Restaurants range from five star dining to those serving spoonbread. Stay at hotels, inns, campgrounds and on houseboats.
Things To & Do

Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot

100 Henderson Street
Stearns, Kentucky
The Kentucky and Tennessee Railway operates a 16-mile excursion train through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area* and the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Depart from Stearns, traveling through the Appalachian Mountain wilderness before descending 600 feet into the Big South Fork Gorge and stopping at Blue Heron*, a former coal mining community. Once in Blue Heron explore the former company town, now operated by the National Park Service. It's even possible to ride in the...
Hours & Admission
April to October service is three to 3.5 hours in length, including time in Blue Heron, while November and December trips are 1.5 hours and do not allow time in Blue Heron.

NNational Park Service Stearns Depot Visitor Center of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area: May to October, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November to April, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

U.S. Highway 25E South
Middlesboro, Kentucky
Cumberland Gap, situated in the Appalachian Mountains, served as an important access route between East Kentucky and Tenneessee for early frontiersmen. The largest National Historical Park in the United States, it offers 20,000 acres with 70 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and bicycling - ranging from a one-quarter mile loop trail to the 21-mile Ridge Trail. Picnic areas are available as well as a 160-site campground with running water, bath facilities and numerous backcountry campsites....
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Free.
Information subject to change without notice.
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