Hazard, Kentucky is an outdoor lover’s paradise. It is a small community in the heart of the Appalachian region surrounded by natural beauty and filled with spirit. There are a number of trails for hiking, biking, and four-wheeling, as well as quilt-block tours and specialty shopping. Throughout the region, you’ll find a number of historical attractions, arts and crafts, and festivals to enjoy.
Considering an assignment in Hazard? Here are a few things to add to your “to do” list while you’re there!
What to Do
Snap some photos at the famous Mother Goose House
Featured on Oprah, Home and Garden Television’s Extreme Homes, and in The New York Times, the Mother Goose House is a testament to the imagination of Mr. George Stacy. He began working on this house in 1935 and completed it in 1940. Even to this day, Mother Goose continues to attract attention across the world. Its egg-shaped windows and car light eyes make a true spectacle.
Take a hike through Red River Gorge
Inside the Daniel Boone Nation Forest and just an hour from Hazard you’ll find Red River Gorge. The canyon system will amaze you with its stunning landscape, Natural Bridge, and other unique features. Visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, cozy cabin rentals, and more. The area is famous for its rock climbing and rappelling opportunities and features a number of zipline adventures for the thrill-seeker in you.
Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Take a road trip up to the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail and check out the thirteen distilleries. Along the trail, you’ll also find a number of craft distilleries that are making big names for themselves throughout Kentucky. Celebrate the history and heritage of this popular spirit each year with exciting events, world-class concerts, and even a big festival during National Bourbon Heritage Month each September.
Where to Eat
Coal River Grille
Jabo’s Coal River Grille is a steakhouse, bar, grill, and pizzeria all in one, located right in the heart of eastern Kentucky. The menu has options for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. The cozy atmosphere and friendly staff are the icing on the cake—molten lava cake that is!
“This place was great in a very small town. They had a full bar and a great wait staff. My salad was huge. The molten lava cake was awesome! The owner came by my table just to chat. He brought me out a sample of the Carmel pecan melt! I highly recommend it!” – April H.
This vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurant is a hidden gem in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The food is delicious and authentic and you can always count on fast, courteous service.
“Can’t rave enough about the food and the service at Sazon. Staff was so attentive. Portions were over the top. Don’t miss Sazon if you are in Hazard.” – Miriam S.
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