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Harlan Center

Convention and Tourist Information Center
201 South Main Street, Harlan
Bad Branch State Nature Preserve


7.4 miles of trail over rugged terrain including one loop. Bad Branch Gorge includes 60-foot waterfall tumbling over sandstone cliffs. This 2,639-acre preserve protects the scenic beauty of the gorge and one of the largest concentrations of rare and uncommon species known in the state. The preserve also protects Kentucky�s only known nesting pair of common ravens (Corvus corax)

Begley Wildlife Management Area

Hunting permitted Wildlife watching.

Reclaimed surface mined and forested land. Large population of elk. Active surface mine sites, deep mines and the coal washing facility are off limits to the public.

Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area

ATVs permitted 4WD Vehicles Permitted Dirtbikes, Buggies and other unlicensed vehicles permitted

Since opening in 2005, Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area has became a top off-road destination in the United States. Over 200 miles of trails on more than 7,000 acres accommodates ATV, 4x4 and dirtbike enthusiasts alike. Trails are rated by difficulty and signed for easy navigation.

Black Mountain Thunder - Zipline Canopy Tour
(Located at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area)


Black Mountain Thunder is under construction. The zipline canopy tour will feature 10 lines at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area. Open is expected in August, 2011.

Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve

Hiking scenic Overlook

Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve protects 3,124 acres of old-growth and second-growth forests. As one of 13 large old-growth tracts remaining in the eastern United States, Blanton Forest is a diverse ecological treasure. Many of the trees are 3 feet to 4 feet in diameter, towering 100 feet above the forest floor.

Cloverfork Museum


The 1930s home is furnished with dated antique furniture and has two buildings filled with mining artifacts, memorabilia, a solid copper moonshine still on display and numerous pictures of Harlan County.

Cranks Creek Lake

Fishing permitted Boating Permitted

Three launching areas and boat dock/storage available. Species present in the lake include rainbow trout, largemouth bass,smallmouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.

Cranks Creek & Stone Mountain Wildlife Management Areas

Hunting permitted Hiking permitted (undeveloped trails)

Mountainous, extremely steep terrain with long, deep hollows, heavily forested, primarily in hardwoods. Includes the unique wagon road tunnel at the top of Stone Mountain. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Cumberland Shadow Trail

Hiking Camping Fishing

Five-mile-long multi-purpose trail along the backside of Martins Fork Lake. The trail is available for use year-round and features excellent views of the lake. The trail winds its way along the ridges and through the valleys of Martins Fork. Two primitive campsites along the trail for backpackers.

Godbey Appalachian Center


The Center's mission is to promote the preservation of the Appalachian culture by stimulating artistic expression, to serve as a resource for the region's history and cultural traditions, to provide a forum for the arts through cross cultural experiences, and to promote the arts in education. The Appalachian Center regularly hosts arts exhibits and performing arts series.

Harlan Country Club

Golf Restrooms

Over the past 65 years, the Harlan course has provided enjoyment to golfers of all ages and it continues to do so today. This beautiful nine hole course at the Harlan Country Club facility features 2,513 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34. Designed by renowned course designer Sye Simonton, the Harlan golf course opened in 1941.

Hensley Settlement

4WD Vehicles Permitted Horseback Riding Permitted Hiking Restrooms

Atop Brush Mountain at the end of a seven-mile rugged wagon road, this historic settlement was established in 1904 and occupied until 1951. Stroll down fence-lined lanes, step into the blacksmith's shop, look into the springhouse and sit in the one-room schoolhouse. Licensed vehicles only. ATVs not permitted. No vehicles permitted inside settlement.

Hensley-Pine Wildlife Management Area


Mountainous and steep, with narrow ridges and numerous rock outcroppings, entirely forested in mixed hardwoods. Sightseeing and hiking on Little Shepherd Trail.

Kentucky Coal Museum

Exhibits Media Gift Shop Restroom

The Kentucky Coal Museum brings back to life one of the most unique and interesting aspects of early coal mining � the company store. Housed in the old commissary built by International Harvester in the 1920s, the museum features four stories of exhibits on the history of mining and the life of the coal miner. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time to the coal miner�s workplace, his home and his community. Artifacts, antiques, photographs, and machinery make up the more than 30 exhibits

Kingdom Come State Park

Hiking Miniature Golf Paddleboats Fishing Scenic Overlook Picnic Tables Shelter Houses Gazebo Grill Primitive Camping Playground Equipment Horseshoes Restrooms Water Fountain Gift Shop

Resting near the Kentucky-Virginia border on the crest of Pine Mountain, the park is the highest state park in Kentucky and offers scenic vistas second to none. Extraordinary rock formations are featured at this park, including Log Rock, a natural sandstone bridge, and Raven Rock, a giant monolith that soars 290-feet into the air at a 45-degree angle.

Little Shepherd Trail / Kentenia State Forest

4WD Vehicles Permitted Horseback Riding Permitted Biking Permitted

Kentucky Highway 1679, "Little Shepherd Trail", is a 38-mile narrow road on the crest of Pine Mountain from US 421 east of Harlan to US 119 south of Whitesburg. This serpetine route twists though numerous refreshing overlooks and massive, spine-like rock out-croppings. Paved sections are easily traversed, while mountain bikers and hikers greatly enjoy the more remote sections of this route. If you drive, a 4x4 vehicle is recommended. Licensed vehicles only. ATVs not permitted.


Martins Fork Lake

Swimming Area Hiking Fishing Boating Primitie Camping Picnic Tables Shelter Houses Gazebo Grill Playground Equipment Horseshoes Volleyball Restrooms Water Fountain

Martins Fork Lake provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for thousands of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities from which to choose, including: fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, sunbathing, hiking, boating and others.

Lynch Country Club

Golf Restrooms

Martins Fork Wildlife Management Area

Hunting Hiking Fishing

Martins Fork Wildlife Management Area and State Natural Area protects Martins Fork, a scenic high-quality mountain stream that originates in the higher elevations of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Bell County, Kentucky.

Pine Mountain Settlement School

Environmental classes and workshops

A National Historic Landmark, Pine Mountain Settlement School was founded in 1913 as a boarding school for mountain children and as a settlement serving the community through economic, health and cultural initiatives.

Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Guild

Established in 1981 by local artisans and craftsmen in southeast Kentucky, the guild is a non-profit arts and crafts retail store which serves as a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their works. The store is operated by volunteers, and provides an excellent place for local citizens and tourists to buy gifts and souvenirs that are 100% hand made.

Portal 31 Exhibition Mine

Ride Exhibit

Portal No. 31 offers visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car. Visitors will adorn the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour. The site also features a 1920s lamphouse, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system.

Shillalah Creek Wildlife Management Area

Hunting Fishing

Mature forest, extremely rugged, steep terrain and many high cliffs. Fishing opportunities for brook trout.

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course

Golf Restrooms

Built more than 60 years ago on the rolling hills and valleys of Cumberland,the course has provided golfing enthusiasts the opportunity to play on one of the most unique nine-hole courses in the region.

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Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority - (606) 837-3205 - info@harlancountytrails.com
Harlan Tourist & Convention Commission- (606) 573-4495 - harlancenter@harlanonline.net
Cumberland Tourist & Convention Commission - (606) 589-5812 - ctourism@windstream.net

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