Welcome to Harlan County, where there’s always something exciting going on! Whether you’re here for our biggest party of the year at the Poke Sallet Festival or looking to get a little dirty at thrilling off-road events like the Southern Shine Crawl or the Fall Crawl, we’ve got you covered. Harlan County is a place of celebration, adventure, and unforgettable memories.

We like to think we’re on top of all the fun stuff happening around here, but now and then, a cool event might sneak by us. Maybe we missed it in our social feeds, or it’s a new thing we haven’t heard about yet. Whatever the reason, we don’t want to miss out, and neither do you! Got an event you’re excited about? Shoot us an email at harlantourism@gmail.com or send us a message on our facebook page at Visit Harlan County. As long as it meets our parameters, we’ll happily add it to our calendar. We’re all about community and tourism events that bring people together.

So, let’s make every day a reason to celebrate in Harlan County. Share your event, and let’s fill our calendar with fun for everyone!

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The Iron 2.0 Advanced Riders Weekend

September 21 @ 8:00 am - September 22 @ 5:00 pm

The WCMG and Backroads of Appalachia Presents “THE IRON” 2.0 Advanced Riders Weekend in Central Appalachia! Get ready to ride the Baddest and also most Scenic Motorcycle Ride in the U.S.! Period! Welcome to “THE IRON” 2.0 as the challenge just got even better! That’s Right “THE IRON” now includes West Virginia making it 4 Central Appalachian State lines in one weekend event! . Appalachia’s baddest Trail Route just got even Badder as we are going to Hatfield and McCoy Country and Back again. We will also visit many other “Uniquely Appalachian” places along the way including Red River Gorge! If you do not want to set an individual or group time record on this ride no need to worry. If you want to join us and take your time (That just means not rippin it) just for the scenery and experience or just ride one leg of it with us you are more then welcome to. Everyone is welcome to follow us, Cars, Jeeps, Bikes, Slingshots. There will be 2 Teams this year riding “THE IRON” 2.0 just for this reason!


Groups and Individuals who are riding for time and not staying at Benham School House Inn can keep rolling but your gonna miss our annual party and bonfire with our Partners at Benham School House Inn! An Old High School converted into a hotel right in the heart of the mountains and coal country!


This is a 2 day event covering 600 miles, 4 states lines, and over 16 hours of ride time and a whole lot of curves and epic Appalachian scenery along the way. “THE IRON” includes several segments of other popular Trail Routes in our Backroads of Appalachia Mobile Application such as the DragonSlayer HWY 160, Coal Train 421, The Slingshot, River Dragon, Eye of the Dragon, The Hornet, and Hatfield and McCoy Trail System’s Devil’s Den in WV!


The Dragon Slayer Hwy 160 Welcome Center
7 East Main St.
Lynch, KY 40855 United States
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(423) 293-1712
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