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Harlan Center

Convention and Tourist Information Center
201 South Main Street, Harlan
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.

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.

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.

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.

Gabes Branch Falls


Gabes Branch Falls is roughly 15 to 20 feet tall located on Gabe Branch in the northern mountains of Harlan County near the Leslie County line. After a short cascade at the bottom, the falls spill into a 8-to-10-feet deep swimming hole frequented by locals for generations.

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.

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.

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´┐Żs only known nesting pair of common ravens (Corvus corax)

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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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