Wander off alone into the middle of an old-growth forest untouched by the hands of man for hundreds of years, or drive along a winding ridgeline with the windows down and the radio blaring. The beauty of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky were billions of years in the making and have offered solitude to centuries of visitors.
From walking trails to motorcycle routes, there are countless ways to experience the natural beauty of Eastern Kentucky. Water falls, mountain streams, lakes and horse trails are waiting for your enjoyment; but don’t forget to bring your camera!
Carr Creek Lake
Carr Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is located 8.8 miles below Carr Creek Dam, and is thought to have gotten its name from William Carr, a well-known "Long Hunter" who hunted in the area. Today, the area is a family-friendly escape with plenty of water activities, including boating, fishing and swimming.
Little Shepherd Trail
Harlan / Letcher Counties
Little Shepherd is a leg of the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail which, when completed, will cross four counties and 110 miles, connecting Breaks Interstate Park to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.