200 Dawahare Drive
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone: (606) 436-0743
Fax: (606) 436-9708
The Roaring Branch Trail is a 3 mile (5 km) trail outside of Big Stone Gap. Follow the Roaring Branch as the stream leads you through spectacular old-growth hemlock forests. This is a birder's paradise, where you can see species of nuthatch, warbler, waterthrush, and more. It's the perfect way to spend a beautiful day in nature.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, to experience oneness with nature at Red River Gorge. Recognized as a National Archaeological District and a National Natural Landmark, the Red River Gorge encompasses 13,379 acres (5414.28 hectares) of pristine beauty. Portions of this attractions are located within Daniel Boone National Forest. Rock climbing, scenic hikes, fishing, horse riding, bird watching and fun camps, are some of the many enthralling activities at the Red River Gorge.
The historic Paintsville Country Club was built in 1930 in Classical Revival style. The golf course was the first of the 18-hole links in the Kentucky Highlands in 1929 and was designed by Dr. Paul B. Hall. Comprising of hilly fairways and waterways, it is a challenging golf course for avid golfers. The clubhouse officially opened its doors in 1939 and is owned by the city. Made up of sandstone, this charming retreat has been a host to many dignitaries and is set amidst lush greenery.
Natural Tunnel State Park, as the name implies, is home to the large Natural Tunnel, a cave over 850 ft (259 m) long and as tall as a 10-story building. This tunnel was carved into the rock by natural forces over thousands of years, and was called the "eighth wonder of the world" by William Jennings Bryan. In addition to the park's namesake, there are also camping facilities, picnic areas, a gift shop, visitors center and much more. You can explore all of this after paying just the low parking fee of $3 on weekdays and $4 on weekends.