Things To Do

Breathitt County is home to beautiful rolling hills and lush green scenery. The Southfork Elk View provides ample opportunity to sight elk, while Panbowl Lake's cool water makes fishing and boating enjoyable.

Sugar Camp Golf Club

81 Mulligan Road
Jackson, Kentucky 41339
Phone: (606) 693-4727


Sugar Camp is an outstanding privately owned golf facility. Built on 70 acres of rolling hillside running along Quicksand Creek in the Noctor area of Breathitt County, the course offers a wonderful golfing experience for a 9 hole facility.

The Riviera Bermuda fairways, L-93 Bentgrass greens and tees, and five well-placed
white sand bunkers provide fine playing conditions one would not expect from a "small privately-funded Eastern Kentucky golf course."

The layout plays to a par 36, and is over 6,900 yards from the Championship tees.
There are five sets of tees making the course playable for all skill and experience

The course is open year around and is semi-private offering yearly memberships and daily fees rates. The Club has an EZ Go rental cart fleet for use by members and the public.

Southfork Elk Viewing Station

Accessible by road, the Southfork Elk Viewing Station in Breathitt County allows you to view the largest elk herd in Kentucky. Surrounded by beautiful skies, wetlands, ponds, and a variety of plant and animal life, the facility provides a gorgeous panoramic view of the Eastern Kentucky hills.

From Jackson, travel south 3 miles on KY 15; turn left on HWY 1098; travel 16 miles and turn right on a newly paved road surrounding the hillside point identified as "Southfork Elk View"

Breathitt County Museum

329 Broadway Street
Jackson, Kentucky 41339
Phone: (606) 666-4159

The Breathitt County Museum is a virtual storehouse of Appalachian history. Exhibits include logging, coal mining, farming home life, education and military. The museum also features an outstanding photograph collection which depicts early life in the Kentucky Mountains. "A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the rich Appalachian heritage of Breathitt County."

Group tours (on request); free to the public; donations welcomed and accepted. Hours: Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm. Directions: Take Hwy 15 to Jackson, turn left on Main Street. Go two blocks past the Washington Avenue intersection and turn left on Broadway.

For more information, contact Janie Griffith, Director.

Breathitt County War Memorial

The Breathitt County War Memorial is located in the courthouse yard. The memorial is dedicated to all Breathitt Countians who have served our country during modern times. Special memorial monuments include those who died during WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. A special wall is included which is made up of veterans bricks.

To have a member of your family included on this wall, see Mr. Ervine Allen (606-666-7973)


Douthitt and Kiwanis Park

If you enjoy outdoor activities such as soccer, basketball, canoeing, etc., you will find Douthitt Park offers you a beautiful recreational area. Just want to sit back and enjoy the great outdoors? Douthitt Park also offers a walking trail, playground for the kids and several picnic shelters. During your stay in Jackson, why not pack a picnic lunch and spend a fun-filled day at Douthitt Park!

For more information, please contact Park Director (666-8980).

Panbowl Lake


Located within the city limits of Jackson, Panbowl Lake is one of the better game fishing lakes in all of Kentucky. It features a boat dock. The lake is abundant in both blue gills and crappie.

Breathitt County Senior Citizens Building


Located at 329 Broadway in downtown Jackson, Breathitt County Senior Citizens provides educational, social and wellness programming for citizens age 60 and above.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park

4441 KY Highway 1833
Buckhorn, KY 41721-8434
Telephone: (606) 398-7510
Toll Free: 800-325-0058

Less than 40 minutes away in neighboring Perry County, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is a wonderful place to visit. Positioned just along the edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest, this resort appeals to nature-lovers or anyone who just wants to get away from it all. For boating enthusiasts, the marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. The lake is home to largemouth and Kentucky bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and muskie.

Mini-golf is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Test your putting skills on the 18-hole course. Hikers can explore the natural beauty and resources of Buckhorn Lake with a stroll along a 1.5 mile, self-guiding, easy walking trail.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Red River Gorge

2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, KY 40376-9701
Telephone: (606) 663-2214
Toll Free: (800) 325-1710

Less than 45 minutes away in Powell County, the 26,000 acre Red River Gorge Geological Area and the 2,200 acre Natural Bridge State Resort Park are the main attractions that have resulted in this corner of Kentucky being classified as Kentucky's Rockies.

70 million years of wind and water have developed this area into two natural wonders. Hiking, trails, rock climbing, scenic driving routes and canoeing await the outdoor lover in you. Kentucky's Rockies also offers an abundance of other fun and relaxing activities including: historic attractions, a reptile zoo, live bluegrass music performances, golfing, an old fashioned drive-in theater, ATV/drag car racing, and cozy mountain cabins.

Breathitt County Trails & Scenery

Southfork Historical Tourist Drive

The Southfork Tourist Drive is a project of the South Fork Tourism Group, Inc., and is supported and funded by the Breathitt Fiscal Court, The City of Jackson, Appalachian Region Commission, KRADD, and the Breathitt Soil and Conservation Board. Historical information was compiled by Stephen Bowling. The tour begins three miles south of Jackson on highway 15 by making a left turn onto route 1098 (Southfork Road).

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