Download a free, complete copy of the First Frontier Audio Driving Tour. Unzip the file and print the Guidebook and Passport on a color printer and burn the audio to a CD or mp3 player.

Important Update: As you travel in Southern and Eastern Kentucky Call 5-1-1 & select the Tourism Option (4) for information on attractions plus festival and event schedules in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

This driving tour is a 220-mile self-guided journey through Southeastern Kentucky and the historic mountain frontier of colonial America. The goal of the tour is to stamp your passport at each of 10 Passport-Pit-Stops. Please visit the local tourism offices to help plan your best vacation experience.


What trails will you blaze through this new frontier? You will travel over ancient buffalo traces and Native American trails that frontier settlers cut into roads seeking the fertile lands of Kentucky. You will walk through Cumberland Gap where the Wilderness Road and the Warrior's Path meet and look out upon America's First Frontier. Along the Kingdom Come Scenic Parkway, you will hear the rushing headwaters of the mighty Cumberland River.

For adventuresome spirits, the unexplored road lures you to rugged mountain settlements and luxuriant coves of rhododendron blooms. Autumn hues of amber and scarlet sweeten your memories of fall vacations. Springtime stirs enchanting old-time songs and the colors of redbuds and dogwoods in our mountain festivals.

The area has many types of overnight accommodations, including secluded cottages and inns, RV parks, and popular highway motels. For the rugged soul, we have many mountain top campsites. Gift shops, museums, & restaurants are easily found in larger communities, while many parks, forests, and wildlife management areas offer miles of outback trails.


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