When you visit Bell County, you’re visiting the History and Outdoor Recreation Capital of Kentucky.
The story of our state and country’s foundation is woven in our hills, where Daniel Boone and his company blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap, opening opportunities for the expansion of our great nation. We are home to a wide variety of attractions and events of all kinds. You can learn about the historical and cultural significance of this area at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitors Center, our multiple museums, or by walking back in time at historic Hensley’s Settlement.
When it comes to outdoor adventure, we have it all! If you love to hike, we have some of the most breath-taking views in all of Kentucky, plus hundreds of miles of hiking trails in both a national and state park. Make sure to check out the views at the Pinnacle Overlook in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Chain Rock Overlook at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, they are both jaw-dropping. Speaking of Pine Mountain, we also have an amazing new canopy tour and zipline at the park which must be experienced to be believed! Bell County also has over 70,000 acres of public hunting and fishing lands spread across seven wildlife management areas, plus places for kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle riding, golfing, and much more. If mother nature isn’t your thing, we have plenty of places to shop, dine, and be entertained indoors. From new attractions like HeHuDarz Laser Tag in the Middlesboro Mall, to legendary local establishments like SkateWorld roller-skating rink, plus movie theaters, a nearby bowling alley, we have more than enough to keep you occupied on rainy days as well.
We are also home to a ton of great festivals, like the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival (May 24-27), the Wing Fling Festival (August), the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival (first weekend of October), the Bell County Fair (June 20-23), and much more. We also have a vibrant live music scene. From our recently completed Bell Theater Fall and Winter Concert Series in downtown Pineville, to the upcoming Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series this summer (which will consists of 10 FREE weekly concerts from July until October)…you will most likely have the chance to attend some great events during your visit.
So whether it’s fly fishing for trout on Clear Creek or Shillala Creek, taking down a monster bull elk in Boone Forestlands WMA, kayaking and fishing the Cumberland River for smallmouth, riding ATVs in Tackett Creek, or coming to catch a live show at the Bell Theater…we have something for everyone in 2018!
For more information on the many attractions and events, as well as accomodations, make sure to check out www.bellcountytourism.com.