Pikeville, Kentucky has a quality of life that rivals almost anywhere. CNBC recently ranked Kentucky number one in the nation for the lowest cost of living and Pikeville has been twice voted as one of the best small towns to live. We celebrate our culture and mountain heritage with the second largest festival in Kentucky every April. It attracts more than 100,000 people each year. From a retail hub to an outdoor destination, we have something for everyone. We have many brand name stores and restaurants as well as some local favorites. The city has recently seen millions of dollars in new developments in our retail district that have brought in nationally known stores such as Hobby Lobby, Ross, Ulta, and a variety of others. Pikeville is always expanding our horizons with retail and recreation. We are a sought out destination for those inside and outside our community. Some of the attractions include:
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Located in Pikeville
Includes horseback riding at Dream Stablez, Ziplining at White Lightning Zipline, kayaking, tubing, and canoeing at the Hatfield and McCoy River Trails and Adventure, many hiking and walking trails are located at the Bob Amos Sports Park. Pikeville is also known for its many 5K races throughout the year.
Appalachian Wireless Arena
It is a 130,000 square foot area with a 7,000 seat capacity in the heart of downtown. Recent acts have included: Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Alice Cooper, Martina McBride, 3 Doors Down, Lynard Skynard, Godsmack, Kid Rock as well as Disney on Ice, Motorsports, Sesame Street Live, and Monster Trucks. It is also an excellent conference center that has full service catering available and several meeting rooms to accommodate trainings, conferences, and more.
Appalachian Center for the Arts
The Appalachian Center for the Arts is Eastern Kentucky’s professional theatre that offers year-round productions. Located in beautiful, downtown Pikeville, it is a 200-seat indoor theatre. The Appalachian Center for the Arts boasts over 50 years of history. Past productions have included stories like A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tarzan, and Steel Magnolias. The theatre is also available for rental for business events.
Pikeville Commons is a multi-million dollar investment in the city, which brought in new developments in our retail district. Pikeville Commons has several nationally known stores such as Hobby Lobby, Ross, Ulta, and a variety of others. This development draws people from outside of Pikeville into the area. Often having license plates in the parking lot from West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and others.
Jenny Wiley State Park
The Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers a variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing, theatre, camping, golfing, hiking, and many others. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has 1,100 acres around Dewey Lake that showcase the beautiful waters and mountain areas.
Kingdom Come State Park
With an elevation of 2,700 ft. Kingdom Come State Park shows several amazing rock formations throughout the park, including Log Rock, a natural sandstone bridge, and Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle.
Hatfield and McCoy ATV Trails
The Hatfield and McCoy Trails is an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), dirt bike, and utility terrain vehicle (UTV) trail that goes through nine Southern West Virginia counties. The trail systems are open all year and connect many communities in West Virginia that are “ATV Friendly.”
Fishtrap Lake State Park
A beautiful 1,131 acre man-made lake that is used as flood control for the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. The park provides many opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, playgrounds, and shelters for large gatherings.
Breaks Interstate Park Virginia
A beautiful, 4,600 acre park that stretches over Kentucky and Virginia. It is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South” for its 5-mile gorge that is the deepest east of the Mississippi River. There are 25 miles of trails in the park as well as mountain biking trails, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and white water rafting. The park has 2 lakes, a river, a water park, and an 18-hole golf course. For lodging, the park offers an 81-room lodge overlooking the gorge, lake front cabins, and cottages to rent. For those wanting to bring their own lodging, the Breaks offers a 138-site campground for tents and RVs.
Pike County/Buchannon County, VA
Jack Sykes Elk Run Golf Course in Pikeville – 18 hole regulation par 71 course
Green Meadows Country Club in Pikeville – 9 hole regulation par 35 course
Raven Rock Golf Course in Jenkins, Ky. – 18 hole regulation par 71 course
Paintsville Golf Course in Paintsville, Ky. – 18 hole regulation par 70 course