Kickin’ It On The Creek

Sarah Cahill photo

Meandering slowly down Spencer Ridge Road in the rural depths of Eastern Kentucky, it’s been a while since I’ve has passed a house or another vehicle. Read more


Theater artist Kevin Hardesty portrays Kentucky’s most famous character in “Daniel Boone: The First Kentuckian.” Read more


In late spring 1769, Daniel Boone, America’s pioneer hero, made his first excursion through the Cumberland Gap into the storied land of “ken-te-ke,” setting in motion America’s eventual westward movement. Read more


Cumberland Gap—that fabled portal through the Appalachian Mountain barrier—was the passage through which arose America’s great westward movement. A quarter of a million westering settlers and more passed through that notch beginning in 1775. Read more


Daniel Boone Crosses the Cumberland Gap

Courtesy of The State Historical Society of Missouri

As Franklin, Jefferson and Washington were enshrined as founders of the American Republic and exemplars of man in civil society, their contemporary Daniel Boone won fame at the beginning of the westward movement as a man in a state of nature. Read more


Bernheim Arboretum to welcome larger-than-life sculptures made from recycled and repurposed materials. Read more


Big South Fork: Adventure Awaits

Straddling both Tennessee and Kentucky, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area provides visitors access to 125,000 acres with natural arches, waterfalls and a host of outdoor activities like camping, horseback riding and paddling. Read more

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The Crow Tree

Guy Smalley illustration •

I said goodbye to the “Crow Tree” today as it blew down in yesterday’s storm. The Crow Tree was personal to me and secret in many ways. Read more

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Big South Fork: A Land of Gorges and Arches

NPS Photo/Bill Fultz

You hike through a forest on a rolling plateau. It’s pleasantly cool in the summer with the tree canopy above. After a while, you scan the landscape and perceive an openness through the forest ahead—it can give a queasy feeling of an upcoming void. Read more


When David Cooke started promoting a new program called Grow Appalachia to help people in Appalachian states and counties grow their own healthy produce, some residents were a bit skeptical. Read more