Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest is 707,000 acres of rugged landscape that covers 16 counties, entrances to the park are only 10 minutes from Burnside, Kentucky. Over 5 million travelers visit the Daniel Boone National Forest each year, making it one of the most popular recreational forests in the southern United States. The forest covers a multitude of attractions and activities, including three lakes; Lake Cumberland, Cave Run Lake, and Laurel River Lake, an abundance of hiking trail, and 2 wilderness areas. Some additional activities include, fishing, rock climbing, swimming, biking, boating, and horseback riding.
Cumberland Falls Resort Park
Within the Daniel Boone National Forest is the “Niagara of the South,” a massive 125 foot wide waterfall that drops 7 stories, sending plums of mist across the gorge. On certain nights, when the skies are clear, and the moon is full, one might see the rare occurrence of a “moonbow.” Along the banks of the Cumberland River is the Moon Bow trial. The Moonbow Trail is 10 miles of the some of the most scenic trails in the London District, starting at the parking area of the Cumberland Falls State park and ending mouth of the Laurel Boat ramp. Make sure you bring your map.
Nestled within the hills of the Cumberland Mountains is Rockland County, home of the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, the country music capital of Kentucky. Twelve times a week you can enjoy liver performances at the Old Barn Theatre. Also worth mentioning is the country music hall of fame, Kentucky’s very own tribute to the country music artists that have made significant contributions to the music world. Whether it’s the quiet, small town atmosphere or the warm, southern hospitality, travels return to Rockland County again and again.
Big South Fork Scenic Railway
The Big South Fork Scenic Railway, or the Kentucky & Tennessee Rail Road, is a historic short line railroad that was established on May 22, 1902 after Justus S. Sterns purchased over two hundred square miles of McCreary County, Kentucky. Originally, the rail road built to transport coal and lumber from Sterns to Bartell. Today the railroad remains in operation as a tourist attraction. Along 16 mile tour there is an abundance of beauty; mountain streams, vibrant vegetation, and rich historic landmarks. This enclave of Kentucky is an event that can be shared by travelers of all ages.