Barbourville is a town rich in history with many firsts:


1750    Visit Dr. Thomas Walker State Park and see a replica of the first cabin in Kentucky
1775    First trails and roads—The Wilderness Road, Warriors Path and the Daniel Boone Trail known as the Boone Trace all cross in Knox County.
1800    Barbourville is the oldest town and was the largest and most progressive city south of Richmond
1861    Barbourville is the site of the first battle of the Civil War with casualties
1879    Union College, the first college in the mountains Barbourville has something for you any time of the year—plan your adventure today! 

Attend a festival or event, visit the Civil War Interpretative Park, Knox Historical Museum, Thompson RV Park, Eat some great grub at our own KCBS BBQ Competition, Barbourville Water Park, fish along the Cumberland River or canoe, Hike ‘n Bike at Sandy Bottoms or at Union College’s Outdoor Center, and cruise the night away with our newest event Knox Street Thunder. 

September 22, 2018
Cumberland River Challenge

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The Cumberland River Challenge Canoe & Kayak Race is an annual event, hosted by Union College, U- Canoe and Barbourville Tourism. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. The race starts on Continue reading

December 1, 2018
Christmas In Barbourville

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Christmas in Barbourville kicks off with our celebration of lights featuring The Twelve Days of Christmas. Enjoy other beautiful light displays at our city parks and downtown area. One of the seasonal traditions includes the “I Believe In Continue reading

April 12, 2019
Redbud Warm-up Ride

April 12th

310 College Street Barbourville, KY
12:00 Noon

Barbourville will present the Annual Redbud Warm-Up. Registration Opens at 10:00 a.m. with a start time of noon. Registration for the Warm-Up is only $25 while registering for the Redbud Ride. Continue reading

April 20, 2019
Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Barbourville hosts the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Barbourville City Park on N. Allison Ave.  The hunt begins at 1 PM (weather permitting).

For More information, please call: 606-546-6197.

The Saturday before Easter (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

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The best BBQ cooks in southeast Kentucky and beyond will show off their skills, competing for prizes & bragging rights!  Thompson RV Park, 125 Old South Main Street in Barbourville.  KSBS sanctioned event. 606-545-9674 Continue reading

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