If you’re looking to get away and want to experience a town that is small town and just as American as a slice of apple pie you should visit Morehead, Kentucky. A small town located in the Appalachian Mountain in northeastern Kentucky, it originated as a village in 1856 and is nestled in the steep wooded hillsides. The town of Morehead is quintessential main street America and the surrounding area provides much to do in outdoor activities.
The downtown area of Morehead features the historic façade of what one thinks of when the picture small town America. As you meander the streets the town, it offers a variety of small town shops and classic eateries, the streets ripe with history and the sound of bluegrass on the wind. A unique cultural experience to take in is the Kentucky Folk Art Center. It is located in the historic Union Grocery building. The Center offers a wide variety of folk art from the fun and quirky to contemporary. It is a great way to experience the region’s history and place in the contemporary art world. The permanent collection is currently more than 950 pieces that are works done by regional folk artists. Another cultural experience to take advantage of is the Foothills Quilt Trail. This project is a multi-county multi-state homage to quilting is a part of the larger Kentucky Quilt Trail. These traditions of color and pattern are represented all through the surrounding county with hand painted traditional quilting patterns featured in many areas.
For those that want to get outside and experience what the surrounding area has to offer you will not be disappointed in the Daniel Boone National Forest. This forest was established in the 1930’s to curtail the logging and mining that was prevalent in the area. The Daniel Boone National Forest is frequented by over 5 million tourists annually as there is plenty to do including backpacking, rock climbing, picnicking and camping, or just taking in the peaceful tranquility on a stroll. Sheltowee Trace is a trail that traverses the length of the Daniel Boon Nation Forest. The trail is 269 miles long and runs and has an array of terrain from high and narrow rides to deep gorges that run along pristinely clear streams and even white water rapids. There is plenty of flora and fauna to take in as well as wildlife. Of course one does not have to take the whole nearly 300 mile trail but can explore it at your own pace whether it be leisurely or a true rigorous hike.
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