Peek into Appalachian living, where heritage is rooted with art, history, and adventure. The story of Prestonsburg, the first town established in eastern Kentucky, is one as old as the mountains themselves. The bold men and women hiked the footpaths and paddled the rivers in 1797, setting the tone for strong willed and happy hearted generations to follow. Today, the beautiful grace of nature continues.
Thousands of acres of forestry make for an unbeatable playground. Follow the path of the elk or walk the winding trails of early Native American settlers. Venture off the beaten path at any number of walking, biking, and horseback trails, including the Sugarcamp Mountain Trails, Garfield Trails, or Jenny Wiley State Park. That’s if you aren’t taking in 50 miles of scenery while you perfect your stroke on top the 18-hole Stonecrest Golf Course. If you prefer water over land, enjoy a pontoon boat tour around Dewey Lake or join other paddlers during the special summer and fall event, Paddlefest. Here, nature is your neighbor. See first-hand the strength and beauty of elk through a guided tour. If you prefer the stars with a side of air-conditioning, experience a variety of exhibits, experiments, and laser shows indoor the East Kentucky Science Center.
Experience for yourself the unique “IT” factor that has bred many world-famous performers. Move your feet to the mountain music that defines our state. There’s not a bad seat in the house under the stars at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre, one of the country’s longest running professional outdoor theatres, or sing along with your favorite names at the premier music venue, the Mountain Arts Center. Rather enjoy a low-key evening out? Let local songwriters and musicians help you dance the night away.
CHRISTMAS IN THE BLUEGRASS
With so much happening in the “Star City”, it’s no surprise that we see a few celebrities, Santa Clause included. Every winter, Prestonsburg hosts Christmas in the Park, featuring over one-million lights, festive food and music, carnival, and fun for the entire family. The month of December will see over 45,000 vehicles through Archer Park.
SMALL TOWN, BIG HEART
Take part in the Moonshine Hideaway tours and learn the secrets distilled from Appalachia. Then, pull up a seat to hear the tales of how a little town in the mountains changed the course of the Civil War and helped prepare a future president as we pour you a cup of coffee. Allow yourself to catch your breath when you visit Prestonsburg. After all, you never know what you’ll find when you decide to take the scenic route.
For more information, contact Prestonsburg Tourism at (800)844-4704 or visit prestonsburgky.org.