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Harlan County Fall Bucket List


Each season brings new things to love about Harlan County. To get the full experience of a Harlan County Autumn, we've made a 2020 Fall Bucket List!



Sip The Season: Fill your cup with some fall flavors at local coffee shops like Moonbow Tipple Coffee & Sweets in downtown Harlan, Lamphouse Coffee across from Portal 31 in Lynch, or catch Southern Grind Mobile Coffee as they travel to different sites to serve their customers. Pumpkin Spice is always nice!

Apple-achia: Visit The Apple Tree in Cumberland. You'll find the most important ingredient for your fall recipes from caramel apples to apple stack cakes! These apples are grown right here in Harlan County on the slopes of Kentucky's tallest mountain.

Little Shepherd Trail: Go off the beaten path to enjoy the falls colors. Little Shepherd Trail extends 38 miles along the crest of Pine Mountain. The brightly colored leaves rain down as you pass beneath the towering trees. The trail can be enjoyed on foot, bike, horseback, or by 4x4 vehicle.

Black Mountain: What would fall be without some spooky thrills? Multiple local ghost stories center around Kentucky's Tallest Peak. From the story of Manzo Shepherd to the tale of Headless Annie, hundreds of people have reported paranormal encounters on Black Mountain. Read up on local folklore and then see for yourself by taking a journey to the top of the mountain. We can't guarantee you'll see something otherworldly but you are guaranteed to enjoy a winding drive to the highpoint of Kentucky.

Sleep Under the Stars: Let's be honest...primitive camping during the heat of summer can be rough. Fall is a great time to take advantage of the mild temperatures and pitch your tent at one of Kingdom Come State Park's primitive campsites. Picture yourself sitting around the campfire on a crisp autumn night in the mountains.

Fair Day & Sorghum Stir Off: Each year, Pine Mountain Settlement School presents a Fair Day with music, vendors, and local food. The fun also includes a traditional sorghum stir off where visitors can participate in the process of preparing sorghum into the sweet treat mountain families love. Bring your camera as the historic campus offers a perfect setting to snap some fall family photos. Follow Pine Mountain Settlement School's social media so you can find details and stay informed about any changes to this event.

Bates Mountain Mansion: Enjoy a mountain getaway with a scary twist. The Harlan County Campground offers reservations for a 4 bedroom cabin that will look very familiar to fans of the movie Psycho! In addition to the unique digs, you'll also have tons of amenities like arcade games and a hot tub as well as direct access to the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area.

Fall Fashion: Fall is the time for autumn themed tee shirts, cozy sweaters, and warm accessories. Buy the seasonal trends at downtown boutiques in Harlan and Cumberland including Sonwood's, Sassy Trash, Sweet Southern Peach Boutique, The BooTeek, Hill & Holler, My Sister's Closet, and Buff's Bows & Gifts.

Hike The Color: Hike through the fall color of Kentucky's largest old growth forest at Blanton Forest. The over 3,000 protected acres are home to some of fall's most vibrant colors. The trees have been dated to the 1600s and are up to 4 feet in diameter and 100 feet tall! Take a casual walk or commit to the 2.8 mile loop leading to Knobby Rock, a large sandstone outcrop that provides a bird's eye view of the surrounding forest!

Fall Drives: You can experience Harlan County in the fall by foot or by vehicle. Drive some of our backroads like HWY 522 or take a tour of the Dragon Slayer HWY 160 on your motorcycle to see all of the brilliant golds, reds, and yellows from your bike!

Pick Up Pumpkins: Decorate your home with mums, hay, pumpkins, gourds, and fodder shock. You'll find everything you need at Matt's Seed and Feed at Brookside.

Make the most of an Appalachian autumn in Harlan County by supporting local businesses, learning local lore, and exploring the natural beauty that surrounds us!



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