125 Village Ln
Hazard, KY 41701
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(606) 436-8888

Activities

There are hundreds of hiking trails and sites for camping in Hazard and Perry County Kentucky and surrounding areas. Thousands of miles of rivers and more than 50 fishing and boating lakes (more coastline than Florida). White water rafting and canoeing expeditions. The longest cave system in the world. Nearly 900,000 acres of national forests and 52 state parks just waiting to be explored — and that's just the beginning of your Kentucky adventure.

Parks & Attractions

Battle of Leatherwood Memorial Park
606-476-8338
Located in Cornettsville, a half-mile south on Route 699, this park features a walking track, pony league ball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a picnic shelter.

Bobby Davis Memorial Park & Museum
606-439-4325
Mr. Lawrence O. Davis created a “living memorial” for his son, Bobby Davis, and the other young men from Perry County who lost their lives in World War II. Thus, the Bobby Davis Memorial Park was deeded to the City of Hazard on July 1, 1946. A library also operated on the museum's grounds from 1947 until 1967. In 1983, Mr. Davis began work to establish a museum on the park's site, which was dedicated one year later during the Black Gold Festival. The museum, established in 1983, houses local history exhibits, library and archives containing photographs, historical documents, oral history tapes, artifact collections and a gift shop. A peaceful waterfall, constructed by the City of Hazard, graces the plaza in front of the building. The county 4H council maintains an herb garden in the park, which along with benches and tables contribute to the park's serene atmosphere. The park is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. Admission is free.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
606-398-7510 | 800-325-0058 FREE
4441 KY Highway 1833, Buckhorn, KY 41721
BuckhornLake@ky.gov
Park Manager: Greta Gay

Visit this scenic state resort park and enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, tennis and volleyball. this serene park sits on 1,200-acre mountain lake located in the northern portion of the Red Bird Purchase Unit of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Features a lodge, restaurant, boating and rentals. Elk viewing and coal mining tours are available with pre-arrangement. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park offers an outdoor swimming pool to patrons and a public beach area.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is home to a variety of watersports. Water sports enthusiasts will find entertainment on Buckhorn Lake. The marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Waterskiing and jet skis are also allowed on the lake. Open April – October.

The state resort park also has a pool, beach, bathhouse and marina. The park is equipped with handicapped facilities for those with special needs. Families can also enjoy the use of picnic shelters, playground equipment, a miniature golf course, pontoons, bicycles, shuffleboards and horseshoe pits. Rustic cottages and a modern lodge provide visitors with spacious accommodations that offer spectacular views.

A variety of waterfowl may be seen during the spring and fall migration. In addition, many wildlife viewers enjoy watching an array of bird species (including bald eagles). The State Resort Park is known for an abundance of deer and elk, as are many other areas throughout the project.

Buckhorn Lake Area Presbyterian Church Log Cathedral
606-398-7382
300 Buckhorn Lane, Buckhorn, KY 41721
Built in 1928, this majestic Cathedral was constructed of white oak from the surrounding mountains. It is one of only three remaining buildings of the Witherspoon College campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cathedral features a Hook & Hasting pipe organ as well. Free tours are available by request 9:00am-5:00pm daily.

Buckhorn Tailwater Recreation Area; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
606-398-7154
804 Buckhorn Dam Road, Buckhorn, KY 41721-8808
Phone: (606) 398-7251
http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil

The Buckhorn Lake and surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Visit this large day use recreation area located near Buckhorn Dam and spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors. The recreation area has a large picnic area with three shelters, a playground, fishing areas and water fountains. The Corps, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation.

Buckhorn Lake offers over 1,230 acres of water at summer pool for anglers. Buckhorn Lake is home to largemouth and Kentucky bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and Muskie. The marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Open April – October.

From April through November the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks the stilling basin, just below the dam, with trout. Our Daily Lake Information Line, which includes daily recorded fishing reports, lake elevations and upcoming events and other messages, can be reached by calling 606-398-7157.

An Interpretative Hiking Trail is available at Buckhorn Lake Dam site. A Hiking Trail is available at Tailwater Recreation Area.

Eagles' Landing Campground & RV Park
243 Ky.Hwy. 2072
Gays Creek, Ky. 41745
888-857-5263 or (606) 398-7071

Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky
606-487-3049
1 Community College Dr., Hazard, KY 41701
Space technology learning center for students, includes summer camps open to the public.

Daniel Boone National Forest
859-745-3100
The Daniel Boone National Forest is located along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. The forest encompasses over 707,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain. The land is characterized by steep forested ridges dissected by narrow ravines and over 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs. These lands are federally managed to provide the nation with a sustained yield of natural resources, including wood, water, forage and wildlife. Recreation opportunities on the national forest are an added bonus. The conservation management of natural resources and recreation provides significant economic, environmental and social benefits in the public interest. The Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the most heavily used forests in the South, with over 5 million visitors annually. People come to backpack, camp, picnic, rock climb, boat, hunt, fish, ride and relax. The forest contains three large lakes (Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland), many rivers and streams, two wilderness areas and the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends across the length of the forest. Abundant wildlife, lush vegetation, magnificent scenery and numerous recreation opportunities offer visitors much to enjoy. Please practice Trail Safety and Leave No Trace to make your visit safe and enjoyable while protecting resources we all enjoy. Come and discover what you've been missing. Whether you prefer to hike, camp, fish, hunt or just relax, the Daniel Boone National Forest is nature's best in southern and eastern Kentucky.

Fugates Entertainment Center
606-439-4613 or 606-439-3237 or 606-439-4029
This entertainment center features a Bowl-A-Rama, movie cinemas, a skating Rink and a water park (seasonal).

Hazard Pavilion
(606) 436-4200 , pavilion@cityofhazard.com
Deaton Street, Hazard, KY 41701
Director: Charlotte Sizemore

The Hazard Pavilion was built in 1988 and is one of the most comprehensive indoor recreation centers in Kentucky. The Pavilion consists of:

The Pavilion hosts private swimming lessons and Yoga classes.

Hillside Theater
606-435-1171
Hillside Theater is conveniently located inside the city limits and is a great place to watch the latest movies.

Holliday Farm & Garden
606-436-2483
Visit our website at http://www.hollidayfarmandgarden.com
Email us at hollidayfarm@yahoo.com
This Perry County farm is a fantastic place to purchase fresh produce like green beans, corn and tomatoes. In the fall, pumpkins, Indian corn and mums are available. Tours of the farm, which features goats, pigs and cattle, can be arranged for groups. Be sure to attend the Farm's annual Family Fun Days. These are days for families to relax the way it used to be. No electronic games nor air-conditioning. Come enjoy the open air in the country on a small family farm. See cow, pigs, goats and their farm dog (Sarah), sit on the grass or take a turn at porch setting, watch children paint their first pumpkin or older ones make a creative masterpiece. Stroll through a few stalks of corn, walk around the garden, enjoy a cool cup of lemonade, talk with friends and family and just enjoy being outside for awhile. The Holliday family and friends open up the farm for you to get back in touch with the farm for these few days. No admission or parking charge. Free Hay Rides. Pumpkin Painting tables available. Small size Corn Maize. Fall Crops – Pumpkins, Gourds, Flowers, Hay, Straw, Bittersweet, Grapevine trees and wreaths.

Leatherwood Recreation Area
606-398-7251
Leatherwood Recreation Area, located on Buckhorn Lake, is your center of outdoor recreation activities in the Cumberland Plateau of southeast Kentucky. The Leatherwood Recreation area is located near the small community of Saul, Kentucky. This campground is open year around. Buckhorn Lake offers hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, etc. on this flood control project.The Leatherwood Recreation Area is located only minutes from other southeast Kentucky attractions such as Buckhorn Log Church, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Lilley Cornett Woods, Red River Gorge Geological Area, Carr Creek Lake and the Daniel Boone National Forest. Additionally, the nearby cities of Saul, Chavies, Buckhorn, Booneville, Hazard, Jackson, Hyden, etc. host annual festivals in the spring, summer and fall each year.The Leatherwood Recreation Area offers one reservable day use picnic shelter. Electric and water are not available. Other amenities include a boat ramp, pit toilets, horseshoe pits, a play area, a courtesy dock and a fishing area. A post office is located in nearby Saul.

Mother Goose House
The Mother Goose Building in Hazard is a monument to the imagination and creative genius of George Stacy. Stacy started working on the house in 1935 using a goose skeleton to build the home to scale. The house was completed in 1940 and contains rocks from many US states and Canada. To this day the Goose continues to attract attention worldwide. It's been featured in the New York Times, on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on Home and Garden Television's “Extreme Homes.”

Perry County Park and Senior's Log Cabin
606-439-1816
354 Perry Park Rd., Hazard, KY 41701
Swimming, miniature golf, tennis, basketball, walking track, outdoor stage, skate park, horse riding ring, picnic shelters and playground. Shelters and Log Cabin can be reserved for events. Farmer's
Market every Wednesday and Saturday May through October.

Hiking & Walking Trails

Hikers can explore the natural beauty and resources of Buckhorn Lake with a stroll along a 1.5 mile, self-guiding, easy walking trail. And the opportunities for mountain hiking are limitless

At the present time, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park offers two trails for your hiking enjoyment. The trailhead to both trails is located across from the Conference Center, adjacent to the park road.

To get to the more strenuous trail, take the left-hand fork where the two trails meet. The trail will ascend up the hill, level out, and then descend the hill. It will finish at the same location where it began. The ascent up the hill has several steps and should be considered strenuous.

A nice overlook of the lake is the reward for those who make this climb. Moonshine Trail 1 mile—is a self-guided interpretive trail for which a brochure is provided at the front desk. The pamphlet describes a variety of plant life and natural land features of eastern Kentucky. To get to the trail, take the right-hand fork where the two trails meet. By taking this trail, one will finish behind the park office. Although the trail is one mile in length, it should be remembered that one must walk back to the lodge along the park road for a distance of about .5 mile.

Other Hiking Trails

An Interpretative Hiking Trail is available at Buckhorn Lake Dam site. A Hiking Trail is available at Tailwater Recreation Area. For more information about these areas, please contact:
Buckhorn Lake
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
804 Buckhorn Dam Road
Buckhorn, KY 41721-8808
Phone: (606) 398-7251
http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil

Historic Walking Tour

Pathfinders teamed up with a class of 7th-8th grade social studies students from A.B. Combs Elementary, to develop a walking tour. They interviewed residents about the history of downtown Hazard and met with Martha Quigley, Perry County Museum Director, to look at archives and artifacts available at the museum. Brochures were made available at the City Hall, banks and the Hazard Perry County Tourism Board.

Hazard High School Nature Trail

In response to a large amount of flooding, Pathfinders developed a wetland pond adjacent to the outdoor science lab at Hazard High School. Pathfinders also worked with the local Boy Scout Troop to improve the nature trail on the campus of Hazard High School. The trail is adjacent to the school's main building and is accessible by way of a small bridge. The trail winds through hardwood forest, is moderately strenuous and is approximately one mile long.

International Peace Garden

During the fall of 2008 two Girl Scouts, Tyra Lamb and Laure Little, of Girl Scout Troop 316, attended the Pathfinder's board meeting in order to suggest a collaboration to develop a peace garden next to Main Street in downtown Hazard near the North Fork of the Kentucky River. The Pathfinders believed that such a garden would be ideally suited to serve as the central point of interest along the walking and biking path that would be built along the river. Learn more...

Fishing

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
606-398-7510 or 800-325-0058 FREE
4441 Ky. Hwy 1833, Buckhorn, Ky. 41721
buckhornlake@ky.gov
http://www.parks.ky.gov/

Fishing is allowed in all areas except the beach and boatdock at the marina. For fishing bait and supplies please check with the lodge marina at 398-7510.

Buckhorn Tailwater Recreation Area; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
606-398-7154
804 Buckhorn Dam Road, Buckhorn, KY 41721-8808
Phone: (606) 398-7251
http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil

The Buckhorn Lake and surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Visit this large day use recreation area located near Buckhorn Dam and spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors. The recreation area has a large picnic area with three shelters, a playground, fishing areas and water fountains. The Corps, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation.

Buckhorn Lake offers over 1,230 acres of water at summer pool for anglers. Buckhorn Lake is home to largemouth and Kentucky bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and Muskie. The marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Open April – October.

From April through November the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks the stilling basin, just below the dam, with trout. Our Daily Lake Information Line, which includes daily recorded fishing reports, lake elevations and upcoming events and other messages, can be reached by calling 606-398-7157.

An Interpretative Hiking Trail is available at Buckhorn Lake Dam site. A Hiking Trail is available at Tailwater Recreation Area.

Chris's Pay Lake
(606) 251-3066
286 Alice Branch Hollow, Ary, KY 41712

Stocks catfish, Call for pricing and hours.

Holly Thickett (Pay Lake)
(606) 487-9345
415 Lake Lane, Viper, KY

The lake is approximately 2 acre lake and stocks catfish. Call for pricing and hours

Guide Services

Redstone Outdoors - Kentucky Fishing & Hunting Guides
606-487-8033 or 606-436-1197
Our goal is to provide you with an enjoyable, educational experience. We can adjust to your experience level and make your day relaxing, while providing you with your best chance to raise and catch fish. We provide equipment and lures, but you are welcome to bring your favorites if you wish. Visit www.kentucky-muskie-fishing.com for more information.

Hunting

During the course of each year, specially selected hunters flock to Perry and surrounding counties to participate in the state lottery elk hunt. For more information about the elk hunt, please visit the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/

One public hunting area, for Perry County is Robinson Forrest, owned by the University of Kentucky, which connects to Breathitt, and Knott counties and encompasses approximately 12,304 acres; Robinson Forest is located east of Jackson and Clayhole. Head east of Clayhole on 476 about 8 miles, and turn on Little Buckhorn Road and the county line. (606) 878-9595.

The main block of this area is closed to all hunting. Please refer to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hunting guide on their website at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/ See map for open outlying areas in Breathitt and Perry county (Rose Branch, Little Caney Creek N, Bear branch, Fishtrap Branch, and Beaver Dam). See the Fall Hunting and Trapping Guide for additional information concerning hunting seasons. Owned by University of Kentucky. View Maps

Buckhorn Lake WMA is another public hunting area located in Perry & Leslie counties (3,523 acres); (606) 878-9595 ; COE office (606) 398-7251. Lake shoreline in Perry County and Leslie KY 15 and KY 28 west from Hazard, KY 257 N. from Hyden; from Daniel Boone Parkway; take Hyden exit, turn left; 2 old roads follow lake shore; primary access by boat. Mountainous terrain, primarily forested with some open land in bottoms. Picnicking, swimming, boating facilities at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information about hunting in Perry and surrounding counties, please visit the following website: http://www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/kfwis/wmaguide.asp#Southeast View Maps

Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area
606-398-7154
Hunting is permitted in the Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area as well as outside recreation and operations areas on the project. There is a large supply of rabbit, squirrel, turkey and deer to be hunted on the project. Non-commercial trapping, archery and black powder hunting are gaining popularity at the lake. Contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for seasons, regulations and license requirements. Buckhorn Lake provides visitors many opportunities to see and experience native wildlife of southeastern Kentucky.

Guide Services

Redstone Outdoors - Kentucky Fishing & Hunting Guides
606-487-8033 or 606-436-1197
Our goal is to provide you with an enjoyable, educational experience. We can adjust to your experience level and make your day relaxing, while providing you with your best chance to raise and catch fish. We provide equipment and lures, but you are welcome to bring your favorites if you wish. Visit www.kentucky-muskie-fishing.com for more information.

Shady Creek Outfitters
(606) 785-5518

Shady Creek Outfitters was established in 2009 by Voncel Thacker and Brandon Thomas. Both were raised in Eastern Kentucky and have always been involved in hunting activities. With a combined total of 11 years in guiding experience we decided to establish a guide service and offer hunters the experience of a life time. Shady Creek has locations for Elk hunting in zones 2, 3, and 5. Most of the property is mountain top removed and is owned by land companies and private owners. The 2009 season was a great year for the elk harvest. A total of 19 elk where taken from these zones with a 100 percent kill rate. We love what we do and would love to assist you in locating the trophey of your dreams. www.shadycreekoutfitters.com

Old Mill Marina Outfitters
(207) 444-7529

Elk Hunting Guide Service: Old Mill Marina is the exclusive outfitter on about 200,000 acres of some of the best Eastern Kentucky elk, deer, and turkey habitat. The property is managed with a view to producing trophy class animals. Old Mill Marina's main focus is elk and providing an extra-ordinary outdoor adventure. Refined calling techniques and pre-season field and aircraft scouting add to the adventure and success. The all-inclusive experience offers a stay with them in a comfortable Hazard, Kentucky hotel just minutes away from the hunting grounds or in an outfitter camp within audible range of elk bugling. Our professional guides are goal driven and have excellent calling and stalking skills. After being drawn for the hunt and consulting with us you can select the zone best suited for you. Understanding your goals will help ensure you'll be positioned for personal success with the expanse and variety of hunting terrain we have available. For more information contact OMM Outfitters at 207-444-7529 or visit http://www.ommoutfitters.com/kentucky-elk-hunts.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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