Eastern Highlands Region


The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center - Interactive exhibits, educational experiences and innovative programs, both cultural and historical, celebrate our past, explore our present, and enrich our future.

Jenny Wiley Theatre - Nestled in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Appalachian Mountains within the boundaries of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, the theatre remains one of the nations leading outdoor amphitheatres.

Kentucky Folk Art Center - The Kentucky Folk Art Center features the Lovena and William Richardson Gallery a museum installation of 115 pieces from the Center's 740 piece collection of folk art and the Garland & Minnie Adkins Gallery, which showcases the ever changing special exhibits.

Kentucky Reptile Zoo - See cobras, mambas, rattlesnakes, alligators, turtles and giant pythons. Come enjoy this unique blend of science and entertainment by visiting the educational reptile display, near Natural Bridge State Park.

Appalachian Center - The Center's mission is to promote the preservation of the Appalachian culture by stimulating artistic expression, to serve as a resource for the region's history and cultural traditions, to provide a forum for the arts through cross cultural experiences, and to promote the arts in education.

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - Be entertained with great songs and wholesome family comedy. Headliner concerts feature such stars as Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Statler Brothers, Ricky Van Shelton, and more. Festivals are filled with old-time tradition. You'll want to be a part of the Old Joe Clark Bluegrass Festival, All Night Gospel Sing, Appalachian Harvest Festival and Fiddlers' Festival.

Brush Arbor Appalacian Pioneer Homestead - What started as the simple relocation and restoration of an 1860's Kentucky log cabin, has evolved into an authentic restoration of an Appalachian Pioneer Homestead and Village, currently consisting of eight log structures.

Big South Fork Scenic Railway - The Big South Fork Scenic Railway operates over the historic trackage of the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway and is situated in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Visit the Stearns Museum (admission included in train ticket) to see how the coal company towns operated and the lifestyle of their people.

Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum - Experience just what it was like in 1940 to dine at the Harland Sanders Cafe! The restaurant, where Kentucky Fried Chicken got its start, has been carefully restored, and features the original kitchen where the Colonel perfected his Original Recipe.




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