Deep in the heart of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky, surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest, lies the little mountain village of Manchester. In this region of unmatched beauty and untamed nature, the City of Manchester offers the area's finest park system, a river walk trail, fascinating history venues, Appalachian culture, year-round events, quaint shops, camping, boating and one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country.
Brave the downtown swinging bridge over Goose Creek, connecting Manchester on the Square to the city park system. Take a step back in time at the historic recreation of Goose Creek Salt Works. View the murals depicting Clay County's captivating history. Watch and listen as Monkey Dumplin's Folk Theater tells the tales of local living. Visit the shops, dine at the local eateries, hike the trails and sit along the water's edge.
Discover the beauty, charm and nature that abounds in Manchester, Kentucky. Come home to Manchester.
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The City of Hope
Faced with the many challenges experienced by much of Appalachia, residents, civic leaders, organizations, businesses and faith based associations united together in a collaborative effort to rebuild, restore and enhance the City of Manchester. This momentous undertaking paved the way to a community renaissance that has received attention around the country. The City of Hope is reviving its cultural heritage, restoring its historic landmarks, beautifying its quaint mountain village and energizing its people to bring positive change in challenging times.
Downtown Manchester, Manchester on the Square, is a tightly-packed little town arranged around the town square, Court House hill and north and south entries. The town has an old-fashioned, "real town" feel about it, but is also graced with handsome, modern structures on all sides. Visit the city parks, Veterans Memorial, Town Square, shops and restaurants. Heritage Pavilion contains interpretive signs outlining the county's history. An ongoing mural project depicts the county's rich Appalachian heritage. Visitors can cross the Goose Creek Swinging Bridge to the beautiful park system which includes River Walk Trail & Park, Rawlings/ Stinson Park, Goose Creek Salt Works Pioneer Village, and the famous Red Bird Petgroglyph.
Downtown Manchester is also home to the Clay County Administrative Building, Manchester City Hall, the Manchester Police Department, the Clay County Library, the Clay County Historical Society office, a bronze statue of Governor Bert T. Combs, a bronze statue celebrating Clay County's elk population, the Clay County Courthouse, and numerous historic structures.
Within the city limits, Manchester offers water recreation and camping opportunities at Bert T. Combs City Park & Lake & Governor's RV Park. Bert T. Combs City Park also features a large swimming pool, playground and covered picnic pavilions.
Splash Park, on Town Branch Road next to Mountain View Heights, features a sprinkler pad for kids with several spraying fountains. A skaters and skateboarders section is adjacent to the splash pad. Martin L. King Park, located in the Pennington Hill section off the four lane near the Eastern Kentucky University Manchester Campus, offers a play ground and shelter.
The Bert T. Combs Equestrian Trail offers the area’s best horseback riding with breathtaking views, wildlife and several picnic areas.
Big Hickory Golf Course, situated on a rolling knoll made by the Cotton Bend of historic Goose Creek, is surrounded by lush, hardwood forest-covered mountains. The course is owned by the City of Manchester and is accessed off Beech Creek Road (on the way to Bert T. Combs Park).
Four Seasons of Festivals
Celebrate the seasons in Manchester, Kentucky with year round festivities. Spring Fest offers a Redbud Festival, car show, Redbud Ride, crafts, photo contest and food booths. Summer Fest features Clay County Days, BBQ's, fireworks, car shows, and movies in the park. Fall Fest celebrates Autumn in Clay County Kentucky at the Bert T. Combs City Park & Lake & Governor's RV Park with games, a pumpkin roll, food and vendors. Winter Fest offers a variety of activities in Winter.
Additional events are offered throughout the year including Made In Clay's locally made arts and crafts, fireworks, Cruisin' in the Park, walks and rides, and cornhole tournaments. Monkey Dumplin's Story Telling Circle harvests local stories to preserve and perform at Stay In Clay's Folk Theater, Monkey Dumplin's. The East 80 Yard Sale, a 22 mile yard sale, goes through Manchester and London, KY along Hwy 80 each Labor Day Weekend from Thursday through Monday.
Daniel Boone National Forest
Manchester, and the entire county of Clay County, lies within the Redbird District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The Redbird Crest Trail System is a 100 mile trail system which is located in Clay and Leslie counties. It is a multiple-use trail, which means that hikers, horses, mountain bikes, motorcycles and ATV's under 50 inches wide are welcome.
Redbird Wildlife Management Area is hilly to steep with gentle slopes in bottomlands and on ridge tops; mostly forested with approximately 100 acres of openings and 25 miles of improved hiking trails.
A picnic area is located near Big Double Creek. The picnic area contains two large fields suitable for baseball, volleyball, football, and kickball. There are also in-ground grills, picnic tables and toilet facilities. It is suitable for community picnics, family outings, reunions, weddings, birthdays, and school events.
A picnic area is by a hemlock shaded creek at an old Civilian Conservation Corps Camp. Cawood Picnic area is also used for weddings, birthdays, church socials, reunions and Boy Scout outings. In-ground and pedestal grills, picnic tables, horse shoe pits and toilet facilities are available.
Elk Hill Business Park
The Elk Hill Regional Business Park area is 1,000 acres. The site is located five miles east of Manchester in Clay County and sits south of the Hal Roger Parkway, north of US 421, and east of KY 149. For more information, contact County Judge/Executive, Clay County Fiscal Court, 102 Richmond Road, Suite 201, Manchester, KY 40962, (606) 598-2071.
Bert T. Combs Park & Campground - Manchester, KY
Old County Jail - Downtown Manchester, KY
Goose Creek Swinging Bridge - Manchester, KY
Riverside Trail & Park - Manchester, KY
Manchester on the Square - Downtown Manchester, KY
Bert T. Combs Lake - Manchester, KY
Clay County Courthouse - Downtown Manchester, KY
Webb Hotel Mural - Downtown Manchester, KY
Goose Creek Salt Works - Manchester, KY
Heritage Pavilion - Downtown Manchester, KY
Dilion Asher Cabin Mural - Downtown Manchester
Veterans Memorial - Downtown Manchester, KY
EKU University - Manchester, KY
Manchester Park System - Manchester, KY
Clay County Administration - Downtown Manchester, KY
Clay County Public Library - Downtown Manchester, KY