RED RIVER GORGE
This national treasure is located in adjoining Wolfe County
and is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway winds through 45 miles of deeply shaded
forest, more than 80 natural sandstone arches and awesome cliffs. Follow Ky. 15 north from Jackson, Ky. through
Campton, Ky. to the Mountain Parkway. . Follow the signs to the Red River Gorge. People come from all
over the country to rock climb, hike and camp in the Gorge. Its great for motorcyclists too! This absolutely
breathtaking area is an easy 30 minute ride from Jackson.
BREATHITT COUNTY HONEY FESTIVAL
This local festival takes place every Labor Day Weekend and features concerts, craft vendors and fun for all
This city park of Jackson is located behind Mc
Donald's restaurant on Ky. 15 North in Jackson. The park is a great place to people watch and unwind in the evening.
The park offers a walking/running track, sports and picnic facilities. If you would like a change of pace from riding,
you can rent a canoe at the park, put in on the North Fork of the Kentucky River at the park and paddle several miles down
the river at your own pace. Park personel will pick you up at the end of the ride and return you to your bikes.
All for a reasonable fee! You may e-mail the park director at firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTHFORK ELK VIEW
Breathitt County has the largest elk herd east
of the Mississippi. A beautiful viewing area has been built on Ky. 1098. Take Ky. 15 South out of Jackson and
travel about 3 miles to Ky. 1098. Turn left onto Ky. 1098 and travel 15 miles to the Elk Viewing Station. The
area around the station is paved as is the first 11 miles of 1098. The last four miles to the station are a wide, unpaved
road. It can be traveled by bikes, but requires a slow speed. There are herds of elk and open range horses in
this area in addition to the other local wild life, so ride carefully!
This tiny island located in the Natural Bridge State Park about 35 minutes west of Jackson on the Bert Combs
Mountain Parkway is the place to experience tradional mountain square dancing every Saturday night. Follow Ky. 15 North
out of Jackson, through Campton, Ky. to the Mountain Parkway. ( Ky.15 dead-ends into the Parkway). Follow the Parkway
west to the Slade Exit. Turn left at the bottom of the exit and follow the signs about 5 miles to the Park and Hoedown
Island. Dinner is available in the park lodge or at various other local eateries. The dancing and music are total
fun and you can participate if you like!
LOCAL LIVE MUSIC
night at the Watts Volunteer Fire Department, located on Ky. 15 South, about 12 miles from Jackson, local bluegrass musicians
and singers gather to practice their skills and enjoy good company. Occasionally you might find a nationally known
bluegrass act at this humble venue!
BREATHITT COUNTY HERITAGE FAIR
local fair has lots of live music, entertainment for adults and games for children. It takes place at Douthitt Park
in Jackson, Kentucky on October 6, 2012. Everyone is welcome!