Berea on I-75 is a little bit hilly and a little bit
Bluegrass. It is famous for its handmade crafts. Look for pottery, quilts and many other traditional Kentucky items. Down
the road is the Renfro Valley entertainment complex with its music barn and some lovely views.
If you have time while
driving along the I-75 corridor, drop by Cumberland Falls, famous for its moonbow. Prestonsburg (near the Mountain Parkway
in Eastern Kentucky) has (1) live outdoor theater at Jenny Wiley State Park, (2) a Mountain Arts center with celebrity and
local talent, and (3)harness horse racing. Between Prestonsburg and Paintsville you will find the homeplace of country
singer Loretta Lynn.
There are several lively festivals in nearby counties including an apple festival, a sorghum festival
and celebrations of pioneer life. If you are in extreme southeastern Kentucky, you might enjoy a trip through the tunnel
at the Cumberland Gap area. Cumberland Gap is the site where many early pioneers, including Boone, traveled through
in route to Kentucky.
Mountain Arts Center
Jenny Wiley Theatre
Two Cities You Might Enjoy Visiting - Morehead and Ashland
Morehead, the home of Morehead State University, is
within a few miles of the Daniel Boone National Forest and Cave Run Lake. Cave Run Lake has excellent fishing (muskie, etc.),
craft shops, camping and hiking. Stop by the National Forest Visitor Center for interesting displays on the plants and animals
of the area as well as maps and guides. Cave Run Lake is host to a Cave Run Storytelling Festival in the fall which
draws performers from many areas. Morehead has several local art or craft galleries including the Folk Art Museum, a project
of Morehead State University. The city is a short drive away from Carter Caves State Park.
Plans for a traditional music center are being
made, and should provide a wonderful experience for visitors.
Ashland is the home of the Paramount Arts Center
which presents a series of musical programs ranging from the Everly Brothers to the Russian Kyiv Symphony Orchestra. Bill
Ray Cyrus fans may remember it as the site of the Achy-Breaky Heart video. The City Park is beautiful and well worth visiting.
State parks in the eastern area of the state include Carter Caves (606) 286-4411, Greenbo (606) 473-7324, and Jenny Wiley
State Parks in the Eastern Kentucky area
Kentucky Folk Art Center
Pine Grove Art Gallery
Cave Run Lake area
Paramount Arts Center