Morehead, Kentucky

The Cave Run area is not only known for outdoor activities but also for the many events held each year. The Cave Run Storytelling Festival is just one of the many events held each year. Be sure to check out all of the great events from storytelling, horse shows to Rhythm & Blues, Cave Run has it all.

Morehead, Kentucky is a great area for outdoor lovers. It is best known for Cave Run Lake, 15 minutes west of town off US-60. Cave Run is surrounded by the northernmost part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Take the nine-mile Zilpo Road National Forest Scenic Byway for a ridgetop view of cliffs of rhododendron and laurel, distant mountains and glimpses of the shimmering lake. You’ll pass historic Clear Creek Iron Furnace and the circa 1933 Tater Knob Fire Tower, the last fire tower in the forest. Zilpo Road goes through the Pioneer Weapons Wildlife Management Area, where hunting is limited to weapons such as crossbows and muzzle-loading rifles can be used. The 257-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail also goes through the forest. Some sections are open to horseback riding, mountain bikes and off-road vehicles, as well as hiking.

Stop at the brand New Morehead’s Visitor Center at 897 Flemingsburg Road, M-F 8:30-4:30, 606/780-4342 or 1-800-654-1944 for area information and then head to the Kentucky Folk Art Center. You’ll see a fascinating collection of 720 pieces of sculpture, paintings and artworks made by Kentucky folk artists. Most of the 150 artists are from northeastern Kentucky and are self-taught. The museum store offers contemporary artworks, educational folk toys, books, recordings and wearable art ($3, M-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5, 102 West First Street, 606/783-2204).