8 Must-Dos for First-Time Visitors | Pikeville-Pike County Kentucky

Pikeville-Pike County, Kentucky is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination for not only those interested in Hatfield and McCoy Feud lore, but also those who enjoy authentic country experiences, and outdoor adventure. Over the past few years, tourist spending has been at an all time high in Pike County, with travelers who are looking for alternatives to better known historic and outdoor destinations flocking to our Appalachian mountains. Sometimes it’s more interesting to switch things up, and explore some of America’s lesser-known treasures, and Pikeville-Pike County is stocked full of hidden gems. So what are some must-dos for the first time visitor? Let’s take a look. 

Each day brings a new adventure in Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky

1) Hatfields & McCoys Historic Feud Tours

How amazing would it be to hold bullets fired in the OK Coral showdown? Bullets fired in the infamous Hatfield New Years attack on the McCoy homeplace are on display for visitors to see, and so much more, in Pikeville-Pike County. Firearms owned by “Devil” Anse Hatfield, as well as many of the significant sites where the Hatfields and McCoys lived, worked, and fought are all open to tourists to explore with the Hatfields & McCoys Historic Feud Tour.  With this self-guided tour, visitors will traverse the mountainous region we call “feud country”, featuring the McCoy Homeplace, the Hog Trial Cabin, Aunt Betty’s House, the Historic Pike County Courthouse (site of the trial of the Hatfields and “Cotton Top” Mounts), feudists graves and so much more, all available during daylight hours. The Big Sandy Heritage Museum features a Hatfield and McCoy exhibit, which contains the world’s most complete collection of Hatfield McCoy artifacts. Want to learn more about the Irish heritage that became Hatfield & McCoy heritage?

2) Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery

Pikeville’s premiere brewery and distillery, Dueling Barrels features a tour that not only explores how moonshine, bourbon and beer is made, but also the rich culture that makes Appalachia so colorful and unique. Tours cost $12 per person and guests over the age of 21 will receive four tasting tokens to use in the tasting bar. With a fully stocked gift shop, this tour has become a staple for the Hatfield McCoy Feud Tour experience. Stay tuned for news on the opening of their highly anticipated taproom, Pearse’s Place.

3) Downtown Shopping & Dining

Also located in Downtown Pikeville is an assortment of charming “mom-and-pop” stores, with clever, high quality gifts, clothing, locally made products and more. Out Historic Downtown shopping district includes popular spots such as Ritchie’s Art and Gift Shoppe, Mickey’s Menagerie, CC Belle (a clothing store) and Dance World, each offering something all their own. Rustic Roots on Second offers locally crafted art, as well as t-shirts, candles and more. If you have a knack for creativity, or simply want to try something new, Rustic Roots also offers art classes.

There are several dining options as well, from Bank 253’s sports bar to Chirico’s authentic Italian, and everything in between. For one of the best burgers in town, look no further than Joyce’s Place. The award-winning Blue Raven is a must try for visitors who want to taste expertly prepared dishes that use local ingredients. Dorsey’s Dairy Bar is a staple for those who fancy the flavors of a classic, down home drive-in restaurant. Their hotdogs are the stuff of legends.

For those of you who enjoy the most important meal of the day, Southern Biscuit and Grill is now open on Second Street as well, offering delicious breakfast, lunch, and a bit of everything else.

4) Outdoor Adventure

Pike County is home to towering Appalachian Mountains with a great variety of hiking, biking, horse and river trails. Hosting over 100 runs a year, Pikeville-Pike County’s outdoor scene is booming. Visitors make it a point to travel into the region from all over to take part in the many 5Ks planned throughout the year, as well as special outdoor events, such as the Southlake Trail Ride at Lick Creek, Hatfield McCoy Powersports Spring 2019 Ride the Ridge, whitewater rafting in Elkhorn City and so much more.

Pikeville City offers something truly special for the outdoor enthusiast. Pikeville’s Zip, Paddle & Saddle features horseback riding on approximately 3 miles of horse trails, kayaking down Pikeville’s lazy Big Sandy River, and Zip across the top of a mountain on 7 lines up to 1000′ long. Visitors can enjoy all of this for one low price.

One cannot mention outdoor adventure without mentioning…

5) Breaks Interstate Park – Elk Viewing, Cultural & Outdoor Activities

With over 4000 acres of breath-taking beauty, wildlife, and 25 miles of trails, the Breaks Interstate Park is one of America’s most breath-taking hidden gems. The Breaks is regionally known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”, and prominently features a 5-mile wide gorge that reaches 1650 feet deep. One of the Breaks most exciting and popular offerings is the Elk Viewing tours, where visitors can potentially see over 100 elk on a vast, scenic preservation. The Breaks even offers lodging and dining options, with cabins, cottages, and a lodge available for reservation.

For a truly memorable experience, visitors are invited to enjoy dinner overlooking the canyon at the Rhododendron Restaurant.  With floor-to-ceiling windows, visitors can dine in a comfortable atmosphere while taking in a breath-taking scene of an Appalachian mountain range. The menu is also amazing, offering a broad selection of delicious dishes.

The Breaks also offers a variety of educational opportunities as well, from a moonshine still demonstration, to a plant and animal life presentation with a segment on coal. The Breaks Interstate Park is truly a must-see destination, worthy of a weekend getaway, or an extended stay.

6) Pike County Cruise-ins

Pike County is a car lover’s paradise. With cruise-ins showcasing classic cars and hotrods being held most every month (during the warm months of the year), gear heads will feel right at home. Pike County is home to several car clubs, full of passionate car enthusiasts with a heart of gold. Many car shows held in our region have their own flavor, and often serve as fundraisers for charities, making this a truly wonderful thing for visitors to become a part of.

7) Pikeville Farmer’s Market

Visitors love to explore local flavor, and nothing gives you a more authentic Pike County flavor than locally grown produce. The Pikeville Farmer’s Market offers more than delicious produce, however. Scheduled for Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., each event also features crafts, demonstrations and free samples. Many of the Pikeville Farmer’s Market events also include unique presentations, such as the Spring Fling Mother’s Day Market, seed swaps and so much more.

8) Live Entertainment

US 23, also known as the Country Music Highway, runs through Pike County, and along it can be found the homeplaces of many of Country’s most prolific stars. Artists such as Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Tom T. Hall, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam all hail from our region. 

Eastern Kentucky’s talent pool is brimming with new rising stars, which is put on display on various weekends throughout the year, May through October. Main Street Live! is one of Pikeville’s most popular live entertainment options, featuring a variety of artists from an array of genres, from country to rock and roll.

Pike County also features two theatres that showcase award-winning talent; Elkhorn City’s Artist Collaborative Theatre, and Downtown Pikeville’s newly minted Appalachian Center for the Arts. Both theatres offer an assortment of top quality productions throughout the year, from beloved classics to contemporary hits, as well as shows uniquely their own.

Where To Stay in Pikeville/Pike County, KY

When you think of the rustic outdoors of the Appalachian Mountains, you may think of untamed adventure, unique culture and authentic experiences. What you most likely won’t be thinking of is decent lodging. Many of our visitors are surprised to learn that Pikeville-Pike County offers a wide variety of lodging to fit most any budget, which includes many well-known franchises such as the Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn Express. Our locally owned hotels and motels also provide a great lodging experience as well. To see a full list of our lodging options, click below.

Appalachian Heirloom Seed Swap

The 7th Appalachian Heirloom Seed Swap will be held Saturday April 6, 2019 from 9 am – 1 pm at Pike Central High School in Pikeville, KY. This event is FREE admission, offering a family-friendly environment to buy-sell-trade heirloom seeds and plants. Expect classes on a broad variety of topics, information booths from agricultural educators and advocates, plus products from the Pikeville Farmer’s Market.

This event is sponsored by the Pikeville Farmer’s Market, Pike County Cooperative Extension, and the City of Pikeville as fiscal sponsors of a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Grant.

Appalachian Seed Swap Gallery

Pikeville Farmers Market

There is nothing like home grown food. The Pikeville Farmers Market is open Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., May through November, and is located at 130 Adams Lane, Pikeville, KY (near Pikeville High School).

Judi PattonThe market has become the go-to place for locals and visitors who are health conscious and hungry for fresh local produce. The Pikeville Farmers Market also offers a wide assortment of handmade arts and crafts, as well as demonstrations and samples for visitors to enjoy.

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.

Click here to download the Pikeville Farmers Market Rack Card

2018 Special Events

Although the Pikeville Farmers Market is open every Thursday and Saturday, May through November, below are some notable events that are planned for 2018.
Farmers Market

  • June 2 — Saturday — Community Craft Day with The Victorian Handcrafted Market
  • June 23 — Saturday — Summer Solstice Jimmy Buffet Day
  • July 14 — Saturday — Jenny Wiley Kids Theatre (Peter Pan)
  • June 21 — Saturday — Christmas in July Jenny Wiley Professionals Caroling
  • August 7 — Tuesday — Farmers Market Week Regional Market, 4-H Vegetable Judging with the Kids and Community
  • September 15 — Saturday — Hudson Cream Flour Biscuit Cook-Off
  • September 22 — Saturday — Hatfield & McCoy Pig Roast, With Live Apple Butter Making & Corn Meal Grinding
  • November 13 — Tuesday — Matt Moon Swing Band for Veteran’s Day
  • November 20 — Saturday — Last Regular Season Market 2018

Pikeville Farmers Market Gallery

Artisan Entrepreneur Courses

Pikeville, KY – The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation, Pikeville Farmers Market and the Pikeville Cooperative Extension Service to offer regional artisans a half on-site and half on-line course specifically designed for artisans called Artisan-FastTrac. The course will add-value by coordinating discussions where participants hear from guest expert speakers focused on marketing, branding, financial sustainability and diversifying revenue streams. Participants will have access to an online curriculum allowing them to read/view content from any internet connection and then dial into a live discussion session with MACED Facilitators.

Artisans will leave with a creative business toolkit, be able to professionally communicate about their product, and have access to a business support group. FastTrac® facilitators, coaches and course programming will guide you in a process of exploring your ideas and planning next steps. You will gain the tools entrepreneurs need to examine practical aspects of starting or growing your artisan business. During this course, you will:

  • Artisan Business Model
  • Product Photography
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media
  • E-Commerce
  • Booth Design and Setup
  • Branding
  • Diversifying Revenue Streams

The sessions are six (6) weeks on Tuesday (on-site) and Thursday’s (on-line) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm beginning on January 23rd. The first session is an on-site course at the Pikeville Cooperative Extension Office, 148 Trivette Drive, Pikeville, KY. Register at https://loans.maced.org/events/ (select the Pikeville class) today to hold your seat or email Regina Becknell at rbecknell@maced.org. For more information call the MACED Paintsville Office at 606-264-5910.

Farmers Market

This year’s Pikeville Farmers Market have new vendors, and as always, all produce, crafts and food locally grown and produced! Pikeville Farmers Market have several pre-season events planned for May and June. Check it out.

Schedule

May 13, 2017: Farmer Gap Training
May 20, 2017: Pea & Salat Day 10-Noon
May 27, 2017: Soft Opening 9-1p.m.
June 3, 2017: Craft Day & Market 9-1p.m.
June 10, 2017: Season Grand Opening

 

All farmers have good agricultural practices certifications. We are a Kentucky Proud Market.