Welcome to Rockcastle County! Conveniently located on I-75, Rockcastle is nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains and is the perfect spot to play or relax. We invite you to enjoy the scenic beauty of our county and our many attractions.
800-765-7464 or 606-256-2638
Since 1939, a nationally recognized Pioneer in early Radio Broadcasts of the "Sunday Morning Gatherin" and Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Still performing wholesome, family entertainment of Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music and Comedy every Friday and Saturday night. Nationally ranked performances throughout the year. Shop, Dine, Stay. Handicap accessible
877-356-3263 or 606-256-1000
Kentucky’s “attic” housing the Personal Memorabilia of Famous
Musicians, Songwriters, Broadcasters, and Artists. A must-see, must-do
attraction to understand the real roots of Country Music, Bluegrass, Folk,
and Gospel, and how they reflect our Appalachian heritage.
Music heritage Gift Shop on premises. Handicap accessible.
(Take Hammonds Fork Rd to Anglin Falls Rd)
Beautiful mountain waterfall (wet season). Short hiking trail to its base. Exceptional wildflowers during spring. Located in scenic Disputanta section of Rockcastle County.
Lake Linville Boat Dock
Located on Lake Linville, this 356-acre impoundment and its marina are accessible via Lake Linville Rd (KY 2793) at Renfro Valley (N Wilderness Rd / U.S. 25). Campground. Boating. Fishing.
Whether you prefer bike, mountain bike or a motorcycle, Rockcastle has scenic county roads and trails.
Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission
800-252-6685 or 606-256-9814
A collection of early Appalachian log buildings. Located in Renfro
Gift Shop. Self-guided Tour.
859-661-1129 or 606-256-8314
Nestled in a beautiful hollow, this Historic Farmstead Collection has some of Kentucky’s earliest structures, including Kentucky’s oldest surviving log cabin (originally built 1772 near historic Fort Boonesborough). Self-guided tour of this beautifully preserved collection transports you back to the Kentucky that Daniel Boone knew in the 18th Century.
Hwy. 461 & Doc Adams Road
Mt. Vernon, KY
Rockcastle County has several campgrounds to choose from, click the link below for a list.
184 KOA Campground Rd.
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
800-562-2475 or 606-256-2474
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center RV Park
I-75 at Exit 62 (US 25)
800-765-7464 or 606-256-2638
John Swift’s Campground
You can launch your canoe or rent at the John Swift’s Canoe Campground.
Rockcastle County is noted for many caves, including historic Great
Saltpetre Cave, Climax Cave, Sinks of Roundstone Cave, Pine Hill Cave,
Goochland, and many others.
Photo Courtesy of Nathan Williams Photography 2005
9 hole golf course located on Hwy 150, a mile West of the Hwy 461/150 intersection.
Located on both the Wilderness Road and Skaggs Trace, Rockcastle was site of numerous skirmishes and battles, including Battle of Big Hill (part of Battle of Richmond) and near Battle of Wildcat Mountain (first Union victory of the Civil War).
County Historian, David Owens available for county historical tours. Contact David at 606-256-9870.
2145 Clark Ridge Road, Mt. Vernon 40456
Climax Horse Camp sits on 80 acres of privately owned property and is surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest.
9769 N. Wilderness Road
Mt. Vernon, KY
HOURS: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Closed: December 1st - March 31st, except by chance
A COUNTRY PEDALER
419-307-8859 - For Reservations
606-453-4320 - Weekends Only
9006 Main Street (Hwy. 25)
Livingston, KY 40445
Bike and river tube rental and shuttle service.
Main Street, Mt. Vernon
Main Street, Mt. Vernon
This working hardware store hearkens to a bygone era. This
family-operated (Cox family) store in the same location that still
provides quality products and personal attention. If you are winter visitors, warm up to the stove that has been sitting on the floor since 1914. A must-see for
adults and children.
CUMBERLAND AIRBOATS, LLC
The Daniel Boone National Forest covers about a quarter of Rockcastle County. Abundant wildlife, lush vegetation, Rockcastle River, and magnificent scenery offer enjoyment to visitors.
Located I-75, exit 62, north on US 25 and onto 3275.
Local crafts in a unique cabin setting. Wide variety of greenhouse plants.
Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourism Commission
800-252-6685 or 606-256-9814
Rockcastle County driving tours include the Quilt Block tour, come Spring - the Redbud driving tour, wildflowers and history to make an enjoyable outing.
Visit Rockcastle County to experience festivals/events scheduled throughout the year.
Brodhead Dix River Festival - May
Bluegrass Festival – June
Blast in the Valley - July
Brodhead Little World’s Fair – July/August
Livingston Homecoming - September
Bittersweet Festival – October
Harvest Festival – October
Halloween on Main - October
Cruise in the Valley Car Show – November
Christmas in the Valley – November & December
Lake Linville & Rockcastle River
606-256-9696 Lake Linville
Lake Linville is quickly becoming south-central Kentucky’s best fishing lake. Blue Gill, Crappie, Red-Ear Sunfish and Hybrid Bass are the typical catch. The Rockcastle River is known for Walleye Pike, Catfish and Sunfish.
Located on Hwy 461 towards Somerset, 3 miles south of Exit 62.
Discounted fabrics for all sewing projects including upholstery and quilt kits.
This last vestige of a once-working, valley farm welcomes you to the 1819 house with its collection of old receipts and other items when days were counted successful depending upon the work that was done. Site of Hiatt family cemetery and slave cemetery. No fee.
Anglin Falls offers an easy to medium trail to the falls.
Phone: 606-256-2638 or Toll Free US: 800-765-7464
The Lodge Restaurant has been serving home cooked food to Renfro Valley visitors since the early 1940’s.
Rockcastle County has two horse camps available. The Red Hill Horse Camp just 4 miles outside Livingston and the Climax Horse Camp. Gary Lane offers “horse clinics” at Windswept Farms.
Primitive camp sites for canoeing and canoe rental
South Wilderness Road, Hwy. 25, Livingston (1/2 mile south of Livingston)
800-562-2475 or 606.256.2474
KOA offers RV campsites and cabins . Miniature golf, swimming pool, corn hole tournaments and movies are some of the campground activities.
Scenic 400 acre lake offers fishing, pontoon boat rental or launch your jet ski.
Local musicians gather on Friday night each week to play bluegrass and gospel music. Livingston Live is located on Main Street next to Lil’s Restaurant. Music starts at 7pm. No charge
Visit our town which was founded in the 1700’s and grew from pioneers traveling the Wilderness Road.
Rockcastle County Has several designated trails for motorcycle road
trips, download the brochure below.
Rockcastle County Has several designated trails for motorcycle road trips, download the brochure below.
Renfro Valley has showcased country music since 1939. Smaller venues such as “Livingston Live” introduce local talent.
606-758-8178 home, 606-256-2500 work
5067 Willilia Road, Brodhead Ky 40409
The community park building is the perfect spot for social gatherings such as wedding receptions, family reunions, birthday parties, etc.
Operated by Quail Homemakers. Contact Virginia Hansel to make reservation
606-308-5900 or 606-758-4706
One of the largest privately owned horse camps in Eastern KY. Many miles of scenic trails in the Daniel Boone Forest.
A variety of unique shops in a village setting , You can visit the village grist mill, music store or a meal at Dolly Sodd’s Restaurant.
Located in the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center grounds.
3677 Lower River Road, Livingston, KY 40445
Fully furnished secluded rental cabins located in the Rockcastle River area of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Located off I-75 Exit 49 on US25 or from Mt. Vernon – down US25 south past Livingston on left. Unique home furnishings and garden accessories selected by landscape designer, Jon Carloftis and his mother, Lucille Carloftis.
Shopping excursions can take you to the Renfro Valley Village Shops, Mt. Vernon’s Main Street, Brodhead’s B&M Liquidators to Rockcastle River Trading Company just outside Livingston. Antique shops, home décor and crafts available.
Located I-75, exit 62 north on US25 and off Hwy. 3275.
Enjoy homegrown produce, pumpkin picking, greenhouse plants and farm tours .
1300 Plato Vanhook Road, Somerset
(just a few miles beyond the Rockcastle/Pulaski county line off Hwy. 461)
Sinking Valley offers a variety of local wines and free wine tasting.
Located at Renfro Valley
I-75 Exit 62, US25N
If you like to “treasure hunt”, visit Valley Treasures for a wide variety of antiques and collectibles.
Visit this historic site where the Battle Of Wildcat Mountain took place and walk the trails blazed by Civil War soldiers, many of whom were facing fire for their first time. The battlefield preserve offers miles of trails and interpretive signs along the way.
Located south of Livingston off Hwy 25 near the Rockcastle/Laurel County line.
USDA Forest Service at 606-864-4163
Renfro Valley, Kentucky is a music park and community located just off of Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. The park is centered around the barn, which since 1939 has hosted the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, a small local version of the Grand Ole Opry and the National Barn Dance. Renfro Valley is known throughout Kentucky and the rest of the country for hosting concerts that feature a mix-ture of legendary country singers with newer artists.