Welcome To Paintsville, Kentucky!
Enjoy Music, Mountains, History, and Outdoor Adventure!
The City of Paintsville is located between the scenic landscapes of Paintsville Lake and Dewey Lake. Our city serves as a local hub for local businesses, education, art, history, music and is also known to be a recreational sanctuary for people of all ages who enjoy the outdoors. When visiting, be sure to check out our major attractions including Paintsville Lake State Park, a 18-hole golf course and Butcher Hollow, the rustic birthplace of “Queen of Country Music,” Loretta Lynn. If you are planning a stay in the Fall, Paintsville annually hosts the Kentucky Apple Festival, which is chock-full of fun activities, art, and entertainment for the whole family!
Dawkins Line Rail Trail
Currently, the Dawkins Line Rail Trail is 18 miles long. When completed, it will be 36 miles long making it the longest rail-to-trail in the state. The first 18 miles of the trail, from Hager Hill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County, opened on June 15, 2013 to hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders. This 18 mile section features 24 trestles and the Gun Creek Tunnel, which is 662 feet long. The trail follows the old Dawkins Line railroad bed that runs from Hager Hill to Evanston.
Visit the Dawkins Line Rail Trail website.
For bicycle rentals, please contact Pro-Fitness at (606) 886-8604.
U.S. Highway 23 is a designated National Scenic Byway in honor of the unprecedented number of country music entertainers who were born or lived along U.S. Highway 23. Route 23 is a major north/south route which stretches from Michigan to Florida, and is home to more than a dozen successful country musicians who call the green mountains of eastern Kentucky home.
The U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum opened in April 2005, and is located beside the Paintsville Information Center. Country music fans will be intrigued by country music star memorabilia and displays supplied by the artists. Exhibits include Johnson County’s own Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown. Other exhibits include Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Judds, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Larry Cordle. After touring the museum, visitors can shop our gift shop that features CDs, books, and videos by your favorite entertainers. Cookbooks by Loretta Lynn, Naomi Judd, and other area authors are sold in addition to Appalachian crafts reflecting the artistry and culture of U.S. Highway 23.
The U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum features a Great Room that can accommodate your event or meeting with on-site or self catered services from a complete kitchen facility. With table seating and theater seating for two hundred, the Great Room is also the perfect setting for wedding receptions, family reunions, and holiday parties. To meet your entertainment requirements, we offer the use of a 60-inch screen, surround sound system, and projected video capabilities.
Hours: US 23 Country Music Highway Museum/Gift Shop
Wednesday-Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday-12:30 PM – 5 PM
Monday & Tuesday-By Appointment
Hours: Front Porch Pickin’
Thursday: 7 PM
Call for banquet reservations: 800-542-5790
Paintsville Golf Course & Country Club
Established in 1929, the Paintsville Golf Course was one of the first 18-hole courses in the Kentucky Highlands. The course architect was the late Dr. Paul B. Hall, a member of the Kentucky Golf Association Hall of Fame. The front nine is hilly with rolling fairways offering a variety of shots, while the back nine is level with two lakes and the Big Sandy River weaving through. Water may come into play on all 18 holes. Two holes on the back nine (#10 and #17) require your tee shots to carry over the Big Sandy River. At that point, you face the challenge of crossing over our famous swinging bridge. Call 606-789-4234 for tee times.
StoneCrest Golf Course
Built on a reclaimed strip mine, the course offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The championship layout plays to a Par 72 and is over 7,000 yards long from the black tees. However, with four other sets of tee boxes the course is playable for all skill levels.
Opened for play in 2001, the course is already recognized as one of the finest in Kentucky and has played host to both the Men’s and Women’s State Amateur Championships in its brief history. If you are interested in learning more about StoneCrest Golf Course, our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions you have regarding the course, and to help you book a tee time to come and play our outstanding facility. Call the StoneCrest Golf Shop at (606) 886-1006 or visit our website at www.stonecrestgolfcourse.com.
The Mountain HomePlace Farm offers unique experiences from touring the grounds, getting up close and personal with the livestock to having an old-fashioned wedding at the Fishtrap Church or attending a concert at the outdoor theater. The adventures are endless at the Mountain HomePlace.
For more information please call (606) 297-1850.
Hours of Operation:
The Mountain HomePlace is open April 1 – October 31
Re-opening for Mountain HomePlace Christmas on December 9,10,16,17