The weather is beautiful, and so is Pike County in springtime. Not sure what to do with all this perfect weather? Maybe we can help. It is time to go outside and enjoy all the alluring outdoor locales and events that Pikeville and Pike County offer. Let’s take a look at some of the fun things to do in our community for May and June.
The Master Gardeners Series,
Beekeepers meetings and plant swaps
Now is the perfect time to observe some of Pike County’s most ambitious and breathtaking gardens, and learn the tricks of the trade from some of Kentucky’s most skillful gardeners. The Pike County Cooperative Extension Office will be hosting several Master Gardeners events throughout May and June, with each meeting covering a variety of gardening topics for the novice as well as the experienced gardener. The Extension Office is also hosting beekeepers meetings as well, covering topics such as queening, requeening, packages of bees and preparing for honey flow. There will be a community plant swap as well in Phelps, Kentucky on May 12, giving enthusiasts a chance to view a variety of beautiful plants and converse with other gardeners.
The Pike County Farmers’ Market
There is nothing like home grown food. The Pike County Farmers’ Market, held from June to October, has become the go-to place for locals and visitors who are health conscious and hungry for fresh vegetables. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pike County Extension parking lot on Trivette Drive in Pikeville. Open each Wednesday and Saturday, arrive early (around 8:00 a.m.) if you want the best selection, as produce runs out fast. The Farmers’ Market schedule is subject to change, so feel free to contact the Pike County Extension Office at (606) 432-2534 for details on dates and times.
Muscle on Main
With springtime’s warm weather comes hotrods, Harley’s and blistering burnouts. May heralds the beginning of the 2012 Muscle on Main schedule, with Friday night block parties and Saturday cruise-ins/burnout competitions on the second weekend of each month, May through October. The first Muscle on Main block party will be held at the Jerry’s Restaurant of Pikeville, May 11 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The first cruise-in of the season will be the next day, Saturday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. on Pikeville Main Street, with the burnout competition that evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Pikeville Riverfill. Expect to see plenty of classics, cutting-edge sports cars and more.
Horse trail rides
Taking in a trail ride in the Appalachian mountains of Pike County is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Broken Horse Club will be hosting a trail ride at the Pikeville Airport, May 25 through 28. For only $10 a person (children get in free), riders can enjoy camping, fellowship and riding all weekend. All-you-can-eat dinner will also be available for only $5. Scheduled for May 19 is the South Lake Horse Trail Ride, located at the South LakeHorse Trail system in Lick Creek, Kentucky. Hundreds flock to these trail rides each year to enjoy Pike County’s unique beauty and hospitality. There’s nothing like it anywhere, so plan on saddling up your horse for an outdoor ride you’ll love.
Hiking trails, waterways, paintball and much more!
Many great Pike County outdoor attractions are available year-round. Hikers are welcome to take in one of Pike County’s beautiful trails, such as those found on the Pine Mountain Trail, or Breaks Interstate Park. Kayaking, canoeing, boating and tubing are available at many locations within Pike County as well, with Pikeville’s Cut-Through Adventures offering rentals and guided tours of the Levisa Fork River, Fridays from 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April through October. Fishtrap Lake, located in Shelbiana, Kentucky, and Grants Branch Park, located in Stone, Kentucky, also offer a great variety of fun out on the water. There is plenty of fishing to do at both of these great scenic locations, so bring your favored bait and reel.
Every weekend, the Pikeville Family YMCA offers paintball on their new state of the art course. A full range of paintball equipment is available for rental, and the price for using their course is quite reasonable. It is time to take advantage of our beautiful weather, go outside, and spend a gorgeous spring weekend in Pike County, Kentucky today!