The portion of the Appalachian Mountains that stretches through the greater part of northern and eastern Kentucky is easily one of the most scenic areas in the United States. With these stunning mountain ranges as a backdrop, you’ll find grand adventure and a friendly welcome always waiting for you in the Kentucky Appalachian region.
Enjoy your stay or drop by for the day at one of our scenic mountain and mountain/lake state parks including the popular Carter Caves State Resort Park. Fish, boat, hike, take an RV ride or follow some of the finest horse trails in Kentucky through lush forests and other amazing natural places. Tour a cave or enjoy world-class golf on one of the remarkably scenic mountaintop courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park.
Appalachian arts, history, crafts, music and culture are celebrated and honored in our festivals, museums, arts centers and historic sites including the Highland Museum and Discovery Center, national Kentucky Folk Arts Center, Coal Miners Museum, Mountain HomePlace and an actual Civil war era working farm as it was in the 19th century, roughly from 1850-1875.
Distance from Major Airports
Tri-State Airport is 11 miles away from Ashland
Yeager Airport is 71 miles from Ashland
Port Columbus International Airport is 128 miles from Ashland
I-275, US 27, US 62, KY 8, 9.
CODE: matthews 2397
TARC Bus System
Cherokee National Forest
The Cherokee National Forest is your destination for outdoor recreation. Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail.
Sandy Creek Golf Course
Where Golfers Feel at Home with Their GameWe like to think that Sandy Creek Golf Course is the Tri-State's most golfer friendly course. It is a place where you can have a great time, pay a fair price and not spend the entire day traveling around our 18 holes. But more, this is a place where you will get a warm welcome and the ultimate in friendly service from our staff.
Jenny Wiley Theatre
Jenny Wiley Theatre is eastern Kentucky's only professional theatre offering year round productions. Since 1964, summers have been magical under the stars at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre, located in the beautiful Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg. In 2014, our new Mainstage indoor theatre opened in Pikeville. Located at the corner of Second Street and Division Street, this facility offers productions on a year-round basis. Our Pikeville location is the result of a partnership with the City of Pikeville.
Big Sandy Heritage Center
The Big Sandy Heritage Center preserves the history of the Big Sandy Valley. Located in downtown Pikeville, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the properties listed on the downtown walking tour.
Halloween Fall Fest
Oct 14 - Oct 15, 2017
Noon - 5:00 P.M.
After much success we have decided to again host this FREE event. A great warm up for Halloween weekend and FREE CANDY. Come visit our Haunted Kids Village, enjoy a haunted hay ride and much more. More details to come.
Frozen Wonderland Day & Festival Of Trees-General Butler SRP
Dec 02, 2017
8:00 A.M. - NoonSpend your morning with us, we'll have your favorite Frozen & Holiday characters: Elsa, Anna, Krisoff, Olaf, Grinch, Buddy Elf, Cat in the Hat, Ralphie, and of course Santa Claus all joining us for Breakfast from 8:00 am - 10:30 am inside Butler Lodge- Two Rivers Restuarant. Regular breakfast pricing (+tax) will apply.
Saturday December 2nd 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday December 3rd 11 am to 5 pm
over 30 Vendors
Special Christmas Music - Santa Claus
Bagpiper - Christmas Carolers
Shops, Museums & Vendors will be open both days
Candle Dipping at the 1797's Mefford Fort
Local Artists art work at the Artisan Log cabin
Food - Jewelry - Gifts - Crafts & so much more!
Hotels, Lodging &