This Christmas, you can give your loved ones memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve put together a few ideas for Harlan County experiences that your family will be talking about for years to come!
Black Mountain Thunder Zipline Passes– You can fly across Harlan County without a sleigh or a team or reindeer! This zipline features 11 lines covering over 2 miles. You’ll reach speeds of up to 60 mph as you soar up to 500 feet above the ground. Slide these passes into a stocking or plan a family outing to Kentucky’s longest, fastest, highest zipline! Find more information here!
Tour Portal 31– How many times have you warned your children that Santa would bring them coal if they weren’t good? Take a tour of a real coal mine at the Portal 31 Underground Mine Tour. Reservations are required so you can call and schedule a tour for the entire family. It’s the perfect experience for history buffs, geology enthusiasts, and anyone curious about what Kentucky looks like from down below! Make your reservation now and then drop an invite into a stocking! Learn more here.
Cabin In The Woods– Picture yourself and those you love most around the fireplace in a cozy cabin. Book a cabin to spend the holidays together or choose a date any time and invite everyone in for a staycation! Soak in a hot tub at your cabin at the Harlan County Campground or relax between a private lake and Kentucky’s largest old growth forest at Camp Blanton. Escape it all without going far.
Willing Hearts– Create something beautiful together! Willing Hearts in Cumberland offers guided classes in stained glass as well as ceramics. Not only will you go home with an item you made with your own hands but you’ll also go home with memories of the time you enjoyed together doing art. Contact them here for more info on events or booking your own experience.
English Creek Stables– Kentucky is known for horses and English Creek Stables is keeping that tradition alive in Harlan County. Spring will bring with it private riding lessons as well as weekly pony ride evenings. Imagine the excitement on the faces of your children or grandchildren when you present them with the chance to learn about and ride horses! Learn more here.
Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area– Maybe your list includes an experienced off-road rider or maybe Santa is bringing someone their very first ATV. An annual permit to the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area is 12 months of fun with over 7,000 acres to explore on Kentucky’s highest elevated off-road park! Start with easy trails and work your way up to the extreme trails BMORAA offers! Passes are available at the Evarts Trailhead, Harlan County Campground, and River Bend Campground.
Pine Mountain Settlement School– The historic campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School is an experience for the whole family. They offer multiple lodging options for groups of all sizes. After selecting your lodging, you can choose your own adventure with group experiences including things like woodworking, weaving, guided hikes, mountain potions, and MORE! You can book as many experiences as you’d like during your stay so that your visit is the perfect balance of relaxation and recreation! See their full menu of options here.
When you gift an experience, the batteries never die, the size is always perfect, and you’ll never forget it!