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 2, 2016
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 17, 2017
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.

March 26, 2016 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Springtime in the Appalachian Mountains is something to see, especially when the hills are coming to life with the first burst of color — the redbuds.  We invite you to come and visit Knox County anytime, but would love Continue reading

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