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There are also many adventures to be had within a short drive of Lake Cumberland. The Southern and Eastern Kentucky region is rich in arts, crafts and music heritage, combined with beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed by car, hiking, rafting or even by train.

Berea: Folk Arts & Craft Capital of Kentucky

Berea: Folk Arts & Craft Capital of Kentucky

Keep driving north on Interstate 75 to Berea, where you will be dazzled by the town's numerous and quaint arts and crafts shops. Dine at the century-old Boone Tavern Hotel and visit the Kentucky Artisan Center & Café, where the work of many of the state's artists and craftspeople is for sale and on display.

Interstate 75 at exits 76 and 77
www.berea.com
kyartisancenter.ky.gov

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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

Interstate 75 Exit 11
http://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Big South Fork Scenic Railway

At historic Stearns, visit the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, where you can take a nostalgic 16-mile, round-trip train ride. The trip includes spectacular scenery as it descends into the gorge before stopping at the Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp, a NPS outdoor interpretive site.

Another great stop in this area is the Barthell Coal Camp. Barthell was the first coal camp belonging to the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company.

100 Henderson Street
Stearns
800-462-5664
606-376-5330
www.bsfsry.com

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Travel south on U.S. 27, then east on Ky. 90 to Cumberland Falls State Park, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the “Niagara of the South,” this picturesque falls is well worth the trip. There are also hiking trails, horseback riding and a variety of other activities available in the area. The Sheltowee Trace Outfitters located nearby offers whitewater rafting, canoeing and wall climbing.

7351 Ky. 90
Corbin
606-528-4121
800-325-0063
parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/cf/

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum

While visiting Renfro Valley, make sure to spend time next door at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which highlights the extraordinary music history of the state. Past inductees include Dwight Yoakam, Crystal Gayle, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs and Rosemary Clooney.

U.S. 25 (directly off Interstate 75 at Exit 62)
Renfro Valley
877-356-3263
606-256-1000
www.kentuckymusicmuseum.com

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Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Country music fans will appreciate a trip to Renfro Valley, Kentucky’s Country Music Capital and home of the world famous Barn Dance Show. In addition, Renfro Valley offers shopping, dining, a campground/RV park and lodging.

U.S. 25 (directly off Interstate 75 at Exit 62)
Renfro Valley
800-765-7464
606-256-2638
www.renfrovalley.com

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Wolf Creek Dam and National Fish Hatchery

Wolf Creek Dam and National Fish Hatchery

Visit the Wolf Creek Dam and Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in nearby Jamestown. Tour the hatchery and take a fun and engaging educational journey through the new visitor center.

50 Kendall Road
Jamestown
(270) 343-3797
www.fws.gov/wolfcreek/

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Where can I buy a fishing license?

Fishing licenses can ben purchased locally at Lee's Ford Marina, Burnside Marina, Paul's Discount, Wal-Mart, Lake Cumberland Outdoors-Pro Bass Shop and all marinas on Lake Cumberland. Licenses may also be purchased online at www.fw.ky.gov.

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