Pike County Tourism CVB is in the process of planning the construction of a Randolph McCoy Monument. The monument is in the very early stages of development, and ideas for what it will depict are still being sorted through. Continue reading
Come and see the sites of the legendary Hatfield-McCoy Feud, located in beautiful Pike County, Kentucky. Each site features a marker telling tragic stories from the feud, serving as a reminder of past mistakes and the price of a grudge. When it comes to fun, recreation and scenic locales, Pike County rivals the finest vacation destinations anywhere. The landscape is surrounded by towering mountains with lush foliage and vegetation that provide spectacular views throughout the year. Enjoy a day out on the water, or an evening at the Artists Collaborative Theatre. Plan your Pike County getaway today, “Where Beauty Abides & Hospitality Flows!”
It’s October in beautiful Appalachia, and that means stunning fall color, and a creepy Halloween season. There is something about Fall that brings out the thrill seeker in all of us, and there are plenty of ghastly ghoulish things to discover in Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky this season. Below are just some of the bloodcurdling things you can investigate, if you have the nerve.
Sleep in Safety – The Death of Octavia Hatcher
The tragic story of Octavia Hatcher has for many years captured the imagination of the Pike County community and ghost hunters from abroad. Local urban legend tells of the restless spirit of Octavia Hatcher, who was buried alive after suffering from an unknown illness, and has haunted the Pikeville Cemetery ever since. Will her restless spirit ever sleep? Directed by Raymond Zilberberg, this Jenny Wiley Theatre stage production is rated PG, and would make for a delightfully spooky evening. For more information, call the Jenny Wiley Theatre Box Office at 1-877-CALL-JWT.
October 9 – November 1 Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday Matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday Matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.
Alice In Wonderland
The popular classic Alice in Wonderland is playing at Artists Collaborative Theatre, now through October 26, 2014, at Elkhorn City, Kentucky. Enjoy this imaginative adventure full of peculiar characters and outlandish circumstances as Alice explores the mysterious world of Wonderland. For tickets and more information, call the ACT box office at (606) 754-4228.
October 9 – October 26 Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m.
Ashcamp Haunted House and Trail
There is something terrifying that resides in Ashcamp’s Haunted House and Trail. The question is, do you have the courage to confront the horrifying creatures that dwell there? This vile attraction features a corn maze draped in total darkness, with creatures peaking around every corner, loud roaring noises, goblins, bloodthirsty skunk apes, mystical mind illusions and clowns ready to slash you to pieces. Do you believe you have what it takes to survive?
Located on Elkhorn Creek at Ashcamp, Kentucky, 6 bridges from the Ashcamp post office if you are traveling toward Elkhorn City. For more information call 606-754-3048.
Cut Thru Mountain Haunted Holler Adventure
This frightening adventure may not be suitable for all ages, as there is a wealth of spine-chilling scares to experience on this eerie adventure. Pikeville Cut Thru Mountain is haunted with plenty of surprises and things to explore, if you dare. Located next to the Softball Field at the top of the hill at Bob Amos Park, every Friday and Saturday in October, 2014. Tickets are $10/person, and are sold from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. A portion of all proceeds go to benefit the Pikeville Police Department “Christmas with a Cop” program. Young children should not be allowed on this haunted hayride/trail.
This event is brought to you by the Pikeville Police Department, Pikeville Fire and Rescue, and Dreamz Stables.
Nightmare On Main Street
This family-friendly Halloween party is open to everyone, and features a huge variety of costumes, candy, and fun. Be sure to bring your best costume, and enjoy the Halloween festivities October 21, 2014, at the East Kentucky Expo Center. This event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free.
Pikeville Zombie Run! 5k
Run for your lives! There will be a zombie outbreak in Pikeville October 25, 2014, so get your best running shoes, your finest costume and remember your zombie survival tips. This event will be a lot of fun, with runners pushing themselves to the finish not only to achieve a great time, but also to keep from becoming zombies themselves! Runners that make it to the finish line with at least one health flag survive the Zombie! Run 5K. Those who lose all of their health flags become infected. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the run/walk will start at 6 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Special Halloween campground activities will be planned at Breaks Park during the weekend of October 24-25, with campsite decorating, seed spitting, pumpkin carving, a costume contest, scream contest, daytime Autumn hayrides, and for the first time — a haunted trail hayride.
“A lot of the programming at the Breaks is educational in nature, but sometimes we like to offer our visitors a chance to just have some fun. Everyone always seems to have a great time with the Halloween activities,” said Superintendent Austin Bradley.
Festivities will begin Friday evening at the park amphitheater with a costume contest at 6 pm, followed by a night hike at 8:30.
On Saturday, a pumpkin carving contest will be held at the Visitor Center. Participants may bring their own pumpkin or purchase one at the event. Three hours will be allotted to complete the carving. Hayrides will be held from 1 pm to 5 pm starting in the campground at the interpretive stage near the basketball court. At 3:00 pm, a seed spitting contest will be held at the Visitor Center, followed by a screaming contest at 4 pm.
A campsite decorating contest will also be held during the weekend. Judging will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, with prizes awarded to the winners.
Beginning at 6 pm Saturday evening, a haunted trail hayride is planned through a cooperative effort with Team Junebugs, of the Relay for Life in Dickenson County. From 6 pm to 7 pm before it is fully dark, a less scary experience will be offered. From 7 pm to 10 pm, the haunted trail hayride will be in full-scare mode. Hayrides will be scheduled every 20 minutes. Cost will be $5 per person, and all proceeds will go to Relay for Life. To ensure a seat on the hayride, please call the park in advance to reserve a seat on the wagon. Parking for the haunted hayride will be at the Splash! in the Park.
Trick or Treating will also be held in the campground on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Campers who wish to participate in handing out treats will receive a free bundle of firewood for their participation, and will be given a special site marker so trick or treaters will be able to identify participating sites.
To reserve a seat on the hayride, or more information about this or other park events, contact the park Visitor Center at 276-865-4413 ext. 3221.
Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky – Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres and is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, please visit www.BreaksPark.com.