The Country Music Highway is Eastern Kentucky's heritage route. The sites and sounds along the byway capture all aspects of the region's history, including Native American culture, pioneer settlement, coal mining, country music, crafts, architecture, the Civil War, and natural resources.
Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today's Great River Road still links resources, people, and history.
The Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway travels through six communities as it winds its way through the knobs of Kentucky. This corridor is a national destination unto itself and exhibits significant historic and cultural resources around every turn. From the town of Hodgenville, through New Haven and Bardstown, on through Springfield and Perryville to Danville, the 71.2 miles of the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway proudly display the history and culture that the region was built upon.
One of the nation's special natural areas, Red River Gorge offers stone arches, caves, cliffs, ravines, and waterflows. Designated as a National Natural Landmark, a National Wild and Scenic River, and a National Geological Area, the landscape of this part of Kentucky offers scenic, natural, and recreation experiences.
The Wilderness Road Heritage Highway is an important historic route and was crucial in the West's settlement and during the Civil War. Today places like Cumberland Gap National Historic Park preserve that history. The route also leads to Renfro Valley, the famous country music venue, as well as Berea, Kentucky's crafts capitol.
Running along a ridge of land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Woodlands Trace is a beautiful, easy drive in rolling terrain with opportunities to pull off and explore on your own or at developed interpretive facilities. This outdoor setting includes the seasonal splendors of nature, with blossoming trees and flowers, a green canopy, brilliant fall foliage, and the open view in the forest in the winter.
Other Byways in Kentucky
As a service, we strive to include information on all byways or backways in Kentucky on this website. This list may be incomplete or contain byways that overlap.
- Big Bone Lick Scenic Byway
- Boone Creek Scenic Byway
- Cordell Hull Highway
- Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway
- Duncan Hines Scenic Road
- Midway-Versailles Road (US-62)
- Old Frankfort Pike
- Old Kentucky Turnpike
- Pine Mountain Road
- Pisgah Pike Scenic Byway
- Riverboat Row Scenic Byway
- River Road
- Shakertown Road
- US 42
- US 68 Scenic Byway
- Zilpo Road