The Appalachian Mountains were formed nearly 480 million years ago. Its peaks at one point rivaled those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before they were eroded. This vast system of mountains runs from Newfoundland in Canada to central Alabama and includes a number of ranges including the White Mountains, Green Mountains, Berkshire Hills, Catskill Mountains, Black Mountains, and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Appalachian Mountains are a barrier in east to west travel in the US, as one most travel through there ridgelines and valleys on any road. Rich in coal, these mountains were heavily mined throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries. While mining is still found throughout much of the ranges, today, protection and tourism have changed their appeal in many areas to a place for exploring the environment and relaxing in the outdoors for millions each year.
One of the places to discover and explore in this vast mountainous region are Kentucky’s Appalachia. The region is abundant in unmatched natural beauty. You and yours will have a grand adventure in the exploration of the area. The Kentucky Appalachia is a diverse area with lakes, rivers, and State parks that offer a wealth of outdoor activities and recreational opportunities as well as many artisans and crafters specific to the region. The region is also home to nearly 100 annual festivals and a rich culture.
A great place to explore on your adventure is the Laurel Gorge and Sandy Hook Scenic Drive. Here you will enjoy 300 feet high sandstone cliffs and a waterfall as well as the calm Laurel Creek. The gorge offers a unique miniature biosphere with many diverse wildflowers. Stop in at the Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center which features exhibits on local history, folklore and folk music. Laurel Gorge also provides plentiful trails that have interpretive displays that highlight the native plants and animals that are specific to the area.
If you’re looking for a place to stay there are plenty of campgrounds as well as local B&B’s. The Snug Hollow Farm B&B is set in a secluded setting of 300 acres with a farmhouse and a log cabin. They offer the true comforts of a B&B with wonderfully handmade quilts and snuggly featherbeds, as well as a garden for their guests to have a quiet respite in. Come and explore Kentucky’s Appalachia, you will not be disappointed in this gem of the Appalachian Mountain Range.
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