SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY EVENTS & VISITOR GUIDE

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DISCOVER APPALACHIA IN SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY

Appalachia is rich with history, cultural expressions and distinct characteristics such as dialect, music and food. Since its recognition as a distinctive region in the late 19th century, Appalachia has been a source of enduring myths and distortions regarding the isolation, temperament, and behavior of its inhabitants. Early 20th-century writers focused on sensationalistic aspects of the region's culture, such as moonshining and clan feuding, and often portrayed the region's inhabitants as uneducated and prone to impulsive acts of violence. Sociological studies in the 1960s and 1970s helped to deconstruct these stereotypes, although popular media continued to perpetuate the image of Appalachia as a culturally backward region into the 21st century. Experience the real Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky...a place of beauty, art, music, nature, unique traditions and friendly, fascinating people.

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STATE & NATIONAL PARKS IN APPALACHIAN KENTUCKY

The drama of nature’s untamed splendor offers adventure and excitement in Southeastern Kentucky’s parks. Whether your brand of fun is high impact adventure or a relaxed retreat, make the most of your visit in Appalachian Kentucky’s grand outdoors. Stay in the lodge or a cabin. View the thundering beauty of the “Niagara of the South.” Backpack into the mountains, kayak or canoe the rivers, go rock climbing, wheel your way along the ATV trails, or enjoy a relaxed scenic drive along mountain by-ways. Camp out or explore the scenic region.

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KENTUCKY'S ELK COUNTRY


In addition to being nestled within the Daniel Boone National Forest, Clay County is doubly blessed by being within the beautiful backcountry of Kentucky's Elk Country Corridor. The Elk Country Corridor, located in southeastern Kentucky’s Cumberland Plateau, consists of the counties of Clay, Breathitt, Knott, Leslie, Letcher and Perry. A portion of the corridor borders on Virginia. Major routes through the region include US Highways 119 and 421 and KY Highways 15 and 80 (Hal Rogers/Daniel Boone Parkway). The landscape, featuring some of Kentucky’s most remote and unspoiled areas, includes rounded mountains, rolling hills, valleys and hollows. Elevations vary from 3,273 feet in the mountains to 675 feet in the valleys.



SOMERNITES CRUISE


Beautiful and historic Somerset, Kentucky is recognized by the Kentucky State Legislature as “The Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky” and is home to Somernites Cruise, the largest monthly classic car show in the state. Held on the fourth Saturday, April-October, rain or shine, Somernites has garnered national attention with coverage on various TV shows including My Classic Car and Horsepower TV.

Somernites is always FREE to participants and spectators while featuring an exciting, family-oriented atmosphere in an entirely original setting. Cruise weekends offer many free activities for the entire family on both Friday and Saturday. Friday Night Thunder at light #23 on south US Highway 27 features live music, great food, family entertainment and hundreds of show cars and trucks. The Saturday Show & Shine is a non-judged event open to all customs, classics, muscle cars and highly modified late models.

NATIVE AMERICANS OF APPALACHIAN KENTUCKY

Contrary to popular myth
s, American Indians have lived in Kentucky since time immemorial. When Kentucky was declared the fifteenth state on June 1, 1792, more than twenty tribes, including the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Chippewa, Delaware, Eel River, Haudenosaunee, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Miami, Ottawa, Piankeshaw, Potawatomi, Shawnee, Wea, and Wyandot, held legal claims to the land. At that time, Kentucky was also considered home to the Mingo and Yamacraw, and Yuchi.




SCENIC APPALACHIA BYWAYS
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What better way to experience Southeastern Kentucky than by driving its many scenic tours and byways? Some of the most beautiful drives in the country pass through areas that reveal insights into the culture, music, history and characters of Appalachia.

Southeastern Kentucky's Scenic Byway System features remarkable roads. All were chosen for their unique appeal and ability to showcase Appalachia Kentucky's historic, geographic and cultural wonders.