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Potential Film Locations:


Downtown Harlan


Pine Mountain Settlement School


Martins Fork Lake

More potential film locations to come!

Harlan County

Nestled in the heart of Appalachia, Harlan County is a prime destination for filmmakers looking to shoot their next project in a unique and authenic setting. In 2016, Harlan County was the locaiton for Above Suspicion which was the largest film project to hit Kentucky since Seabiscuit. Harlan offers many types of locations suitable for documentaries, independent and feature films, and is filled with various types of topography, buildings, cities, outdoor scenes, mountains, et cetera for the many needs of film.

Kentucky offers a competitive package of rebates and tax incentives for film production, which makes filming in Kentucky an affordable place. Click here to learn more about the incentives provided by the Kentucky Film Office.

For more information on filming in Harlan County, call us at (606)-573-4495 or email us at htcc@harlanonline.net.

County Snapshot:

Population of County:
27,000

County Seat:
The City of Harlan

Distance to Nearest Airport:
Knoxville: 126 Miles
Lexington: 160 Miles

Topography:
Mountains, small towns, rolling hills, farmland, coal mines, coal fields, rural, rivers, lakes, and creeks

Filmography:
Above Suspicion (2017), After Coal (2016), Stand Like A Mountain (2012), Justified (Opening title sequence - 2010), Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

Resources:

Lodging
Approximately 300 rooms and various private rental homes, ranging from traditional hotels, bed & breakfasts, and rental homes which can accomodated your cast and crew whether you are budget-conscious or have an unlimited budget at your disposal. Harlan also has limited conference space. Most offer Wi-Fi Internet access, hot breakfast, and cable or satellite television. For a list of our traditional hotels and B&Bs click here.

Shopping
Harlan County offers 30+ specialty shops and 19 locally owned restaurants.

Restaurants
Harlan restaurants offer Southern cooking, sit down, international flavors, Italian and pasta/pizza, Americana, deli, etc. Chinese, Indian, and Mexican restaurants are also located in the city of Harlan and Cumberland. National chains include Mcdonald's, Dairy Queen, Arby's, Subway, etc.For a list of local and chain restaurants in Harlan County click here.

Hospitals & Clinics
Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital
Daniel Boone Clinic
Mountain Comprehensive Health Care
Quantum Health Care
Cloverfork Clinic

Media
Southeast Community College has Southeast TV. No recording studios exist in Harlan County, although both Harlan County High School & Southeast Community College have media programs.

Other Resources:
Other resources include law enforcement, laundry services, lumber & hardware stores, auto parts stores, realty services, banking, car lots, etc. Automobile rentals are available in Middlesboro, KY.

Note:
We are in a unique situation when it comes to film in Harlan, KY. Because our office works hand in hand with local government, we can assist in and expedite the permitting process for filming, locations, etc. Not only is Harlan and affordable location for your project but it's convenient and flexible.



Images for Potential Filming Locations:

Bad Branch State Nature Preserve


Begley Wildlife Management Area


Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area


Black Mountain Thunder Zipline


Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve


Cranks Creek Lake


Cranks Creek Wildlife Management Area



Harlan Center


Harlan Country Club


Hensley Settlement


Kentucky Coal Museum


Kingdom Come State Park


Little Shepherd Trail / Kentenia State Forest


Martins Fork Lake


Martins Fork Wildlife Management Area & State Natural Area


Pine Mountain Settlement School


Portal 31


Sleepy Hollow Golf Course


More photos around Harlan


*Photos used with permission. All photos are property of their respective copyright holder.
For more information about the photographers, click here



Contact Information:


Harlan Tourism
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
P: 606.573.4495 Google Maps

Cumberland Tourism
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
P: 606.589.5812
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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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