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Kentucky's Most Scenic and Historic Roads and Byways

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Country Music Highway

Running almost the entire length of eastern Kentucky, the 144-mile byway was home to a large number of well-known country musicians who were born along an eight-county stretch of Highway US 23. These include Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Naomi Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, and Patty Loveless. Byway also passes through areas which are rich in the history of Native Americans, pioneers, the Civil War, and the mining industry.

Start and Endpoint: Byway follows US 23 south from Ashland to Whitesburg, Kentucky.

For further information, contact: Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association

Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

The 46-mile byway features more than a hundred natural stone arches, formed by the action of wind and water over 70 million years. It winds through the 700,000-acre Daniel Boone National Forest, a rugged area characterized by steep forested ridges, narrow valleys, and more than 3,400 miles of cliffline. Area provides opportunities for outdoor adventure such as canoeing, rock climbing, and kayaking.

Start and Endpoint: Follows KY 11, KY 715, and KY 15 from Stanton to Zachariah, Kentucky.

For further information, contact: Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association

Wilderness Road Heritage Highway

The 94-mile byway traces and interprets the migration of early pioneers and explorers through the Cumberland Gap and the subsequent development of Kentucky's nationally renowned folk art and country music heritage. Areas of interest include Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, which offers panoramic views of the Appalachians, as well as Berea, the "Folk Arts & Crafts Capital of Kentucky."

Start and Endpoint: Byway follows US 25E for 30 miles through Middlesboro and Pineville to the junction with KY 229 just north of Barbourville, then north on KY 229 for 21 miles to the junction with US 25 in London, and then north on US 25 through Laurel and Rockcastle counties to Berea in Madison County.

For further information, contact: Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association

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