Kentucky August 02, 2018
The Weekend Road Trip Through Eastern Kentucky Everyone Should Take
Kentucky is a state that is perfectly set up for a road trip. Each region of the Bluegrass has its own appeal, charm, and unique factors that it makes it easy to want to visit an area that’s unfamiliar. If you’ve never explored the eastern half of our state, then you are missing out on incredible natural beauty, a rich history, wonderful state parks, and delicious food. If you need help planning a trip to the east, simply follow these guidelines to see some of the best this region has to offer. If you want to make any adjustments to the map, all you have to do is click
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1. Carter Caves State Resort Park
Begin your tour of Eastern Kentucky at Carter Caves State Resort Park. This unique destination has so much natural beauty both below and above ground, so make plans to experience both. Book a cave tour and plan a hike to see the natural arches and lush surroundings. You may even decide to spend the night here and continue your adventure the next morning.
Learn more about this incredible park in our previous article
2. Grayson Lake State Park
While you're in the area, you simply must stop by Grayson Lake State Park. Here you'll find plenty of adventures, but time spent on the lake is unlike any other experience in the state. Connect with SUP Kentucky for a unique way to get out on the water and you can learn more about that opportunity and this amazing park in our previous article
3. Loretta Lynn's Home Place & Webb's Grocery
Near Pikeville in the hills of Eastern Kentucky is your next stop, which is definitely a must for country music fans. Loretta Lynn's home place, Butch Holler, is a unique destination where you can get a glimpse of this icon's early life. After the tour, you'll also want to visit Webb's Grocery, which will take you back in time and is a perfect spot to pick up a nostalgic snack and a souvenir from your getaway.
For more information on this destination, visit its website
4. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Your last stop for the day is the relaxing Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. Hopefully, you make it in time to catch a gorgeous sunset over the lake! The resort offers a number of accommodations and is beautifully situated in the mountains. Wake up the next morning, enjoy breakfast, and take some time exploring the park.
For more information on this park, visit its website
5. Lunch at The Blue Raven
After exploring Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, head to lunch at The Blue Raven in Pikeville. Order from their eclectic, seasonal menu or try some of their delicious pizza. This eatery is a true hidden gem in Eastern Kentucky.
Learn more about this amazing restaurant from our previous article
6. Portal 31 Mine Exhibit & The Kentucky Coal Museum
You can't visit Eastern Kentucky without learning about its history with the coal industry. Go straight to the source in the town of Benham and the Kentucky Coal Museum. Before or after visiting the museum, be sure to take a tour of Portal Mine 31, which used to be an active mine and will show you the extreme conditions and fascinating history of Kentucky's coal mining.
Find out more information about the tour and the museum in our previous article
7. The Overlooks on Pine Mountain
Wrap up your tour of Eastern Kentucky with some time in the mountains. There are a series of brand new overlooks throughout the Pine Mountain area and they allow for views that are unmatched, even in scenic Kentucky. You'll experience sweeping views of this incredibly beautiful region of Kentucky, which is the perfect way to end your weekend road trip through the Eastern part of our state.
Learn more and find out how to find these overlooks in our previous article
Eastern Kentucky has caves, mountains, scenic drives, history, and so much more. Are you from a different part of the state and are now ready to head east? If you’re from Eastern Kentucky, what else should we add to our must-see list? Share with us in the comments!