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. 

December 31, 2018
New Year’s Eve Celebration


Barbourville will ring in the New Year with a celebration at the Barbourville Park starting at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018.

Local band Silhouette will rock in Continue reading

November 22, 2018
2018 Snowman Hunt

The snowman has been found! Tourism Director Denise Wainscott was able to confirm the snowman was found on Friday evening, November 23

Clues will be posted beginning Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. on this website!


December 1, 2018
Christmas In Barbourville


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)

December 31, 2018
New Years

Happy New Years Celebration at the Barbourville City Park!

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