We often joke in Kentucky that locals will go out of their way to take the back roads, but in a beautiful state like ours, why would you not? Summer is a great time to hop in your car and take the scenic route around the Bluegrass State, checking out hole-in-the-wall stops and the picturesque countryside. If a relaxing drive on Kentucky backroads sounds like an ideal summer day, and you’re anywhere near Lexington, then turn your wheel toward Pisgah Pike, in the heart of horse country. This scenic back road is a great drive any time of year, but it definitely makes for one of the best summer drives in Kentucky.

Pisgah Pike and this area of Kentucky are truly magical and should be experienced during every season, including summer. So, grab some snacks for the road, buckle up, and let’s go! Have you taken these scenic Kentucky backroads drives? Where else do you enjoy driving in Kentucky? Let us know in the comments!

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What are some of the best summer drives in Kentucky?

Spending some time in Kentucky during the summer will treat you to beautiful scenery. What better way to do so than with a scenic drive? Here are a few of the best summer drives in Kentucky to put on your bucket list:

  • Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway: A scenic drive along the 200-mile Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway will take you to Cumberland Falls - perhaps Kentucky's most famous waterfall. But that isn't the only attraction along the way. Enjoy charming small towns, lakes, and winding rivers while you take a nice drive.
  • Red River Gorge Scenic Byway: Start your scenic road trip by passing through the 900-foot Nada Tunnel. Known as the "Gateway to Red River Gorge," this beautiful drive is always an awe-inspiring experience.
  • Ohio River Scenic Drive: This drive along Kentucky's northern border and the scenic Ohio River will take you to some interesting destinations. See a herd of bison near the Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, drive across the iconic Roebling Bridge (once the longest suspension bridge in the world), and stop for a stroll in the beautiful Waterfront Botanical Gardens in Louisville.
  • Sky Bridge Road: This short and sweet route allows you to stop and enjoy some of Kentucky's most scenic areas and hiking trails. Keep an eye out for the many pull-off areas to see scenic overlooks and short trails through the Danial Boone National Forest.
  • Wilderness Road Heritage Highway: This 100-mile road trip takes you from the Tennessee-Kentucky border near Middlesboro to the charming town of Berea. Some of the scenic sights you'll enjoy along the way include the Cumberland Gap, Pine Mountain State Resort Park and the Chained Rock Formation, and the Levi Jackson Wilderness State Park. You'll even be able to stop at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Mt Vernon, KY.

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