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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.

 

Renfro Valley Barn Dance

800-765-7464 or 606-256-2638
www.renfrovalley.com

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

 

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum

877-356-3263 or 606-256-1000
www.kentuckymusicmuseum.com

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.

 

  

ANGLIN FALLS

(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.

 

Boating

Lake Linville Boat Dock

606-256-9696

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. 

 

Bike Riding

Whether you prefer bike, mountain bike or a motorcycle, Rockcastle has scenic county roads and trails.

 

BITTERSWEET CABINS

Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission

800-252-6685 or 606-256-9814

A collection of early Appalachian log buildings.  Located in Renfro Valley. 
Gift Shop.  Self-guided Tour.

 

 

The Buffalo Spirit

Hwy. 461 & Doc Adams Road

Mt. Vernon, KY

606-256-3656

www.thebuffalospirit.com

 

Camping

Rockcastle County has several campgrounds to choose from, click the link below for a list.

 

KOA Campground

184 KOA Campground Rd.

Mt. Vernon, KY  40456

800-562-2475 or 606-256-2474

 
Lake Linville Board Dock & Campground

606-256-9696

 

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center RV Park

I-75 at Exit 62 (US 25)

800-765-7464 or 606-256-2638

www.renfrovalley.com/rv-park

 

Canoeing

John Swift’s Campground

760-975-8722

You can launch your canoe or rent at the John Swift’s Canoe Campground. 

 

Caving  

Great Saltpetre Cave
www.caves.org/conservancy/gsp/

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

 

country club

CEDAR RAPIDS GOLF COURSE 

606-256-4112 

9 hole golf course located on Hwy 150, a mile West of the Hwy 461/150 intersection.

Civil War History
 

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.

 

 

Climax Horse Camp

606-256-3828

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. 

 

 

           

CONWAY ANTIQUES

859-582-9553

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

www.acountrypedaler.com

Bike and river tube rental and shuttle service.

 

 

 

CUMBERLAND AIRBOATS, LLC

606-309-1248

 

Daniel Boone National Forest 

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.

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DOGWOOD GIFtS & CRAFTS

606-256-3007 

Located I-75, exit 62, north on US 25 and onto 3275.

Local crafts in a unique cabin setting.  Wide variety of greenhouse plants. 

 

Driving Tours

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.

 

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Festivals and Events 

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

 

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Fishing

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.

 

HERITAGE CRAFTS 

606-256-9077 

Located on Hwy 461 towards Somerset, 3 miles south of Exit 62. 

Discounted  fabrics for all sewing projects including upholstery and quilt kits.

 

Hiatt’s Farmstead 

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.

 

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Hiking

Anglin Falls offers an easy to medium trail to the falls.

 

HISTORIC LODGE RESTAURANT 

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.

 

Horseback Riding 

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.

 

Daniel Boone’s Historic Campground
Canoe & Kayak Rentals

606-308-3721

Primitive camp sites for canoeing and canoe rental

South Wilderness Road, Hwy. 25, Livingston (1/2 mile south of Livingston)

 

KOA CAMPGROUND 

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.

 

LAKE LINVILLE Boat Dock

606-256-0701

Scenic 400 acre lake offers fishing, pontoon boat rental or launch your jet ski.

 

Livingston Live 

Local musicians gather on Friday night each week to play bluegrass and gospel music.  Livingston Live is located on Main Street next to the Main Street Diner.  Music starts at 7pm.  No charge

 

MAIN STREET, MT. VERNON 

Visit our town which was founded in the 1700’s and grew from pioneers traveling the Wilderness Road.

Motorcycle Road Trips

Rockcastle County Has several designated trails for motorcycle road trips, download the brochure below.

Rockcastle Rides Motorcycle Road Trips Brochure

 

Music 

Renfro Valley has showcased country music since 1939.  Smaller venues such as “Livingston Live” introduce local talent.

 

 

Quail Community Park 

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 

 

RED HILL HORSE CAMP 

606-308-5900 or 606-758-4706 

gene@redhillhorsecamp.com

www.redhillhorsecamp.com

One of the largest privately owned horse camps in Eastern KY.  Many miles of scenic trails in the Daniel Boone Forest.

 

RENFRO VALLEY VILLAGE SHOPS

A variety of unique shops in a village settingYou can visit the village grist mill, music store or enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

Located in the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center grounds.

 

 

Rockcastle Cabins

606-271-0339

3677 Lower River Road, Livingston, KY 40445

Fully furnished secluded rental cabins located in the Rockcastle River area of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

 

Rockcastle rides Biking Trails

Click Here for the Brochure / Map

 

Rockcastle rides canoe Trails

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Rockcastle rides horseback riding

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Rockcastle rides motorcycle road trips

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ROCKCASTLE RIVER TRADING COMPANY 

606-843-0854 

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

Shopping excursions can take you to the Renfro Valley Village Shops, Mt. Vernon’s Main Street, Brodhead’s Lone Star Farm and Home to Rockcastle River Trading Company just outside Livingston.  Antique shops, home décor and crafts available.

 

SIGMON FARM 

606-256-2781 

Located I-75, exit 62 north on US25 and off Hwy. 3275. 

Enjoy homegrown produce, pumpkin picking, greenhouse plants and farm tours .

SINKING VALLEY WINERY 

606-274-0223

1300 Plato Vanhook Road, Somerset

www.sinkingvalleywinery.com

(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.

 

Valley Treasures Flea Market - Antiques & Collectibles

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.

 

Camp Wildcat

WILDCAT MOUNTAIN CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD 

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

Home of the World Famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance

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.

 

Renfro Valley

web links About
Rockcastle County

 

Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission
 
Renfro Valley Official Website
 
Renfro Valley "Sunday Morning Gatherin'" Podcasts
 
A History of Renfro Valley

 

City of Livingston

 

 

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