Photo Blog Series: Beautiful Pike County, KY – Jeffery Justice

We continue our photo blog series “Beautiful Pike County, KY” with a sampling of photographer Jeffery Justice’s excellent camera work. Justice has dedicated his career to supporting economic growth in Eastern Kentucky, serving as a business and innovation champion at SOAR Innovation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting innovation-driven small businesses and entrepreneurs in Appalachia Kentucky.

Justice has also worked in the area of tourism in Eastern Kentucky by capturing some of the many amazing events Pikeville-Pike County has hosted over the years. Justice has a knack for capturing the human experience in his photography, with a visual impact that tells a story all its own. Be sure to check out his gallery below, and reach out to him if you are looking for photography commissions.

Jeffery Justice Gallery

Jeffery Justice

Feel free to reach out to Justice for commission requests.

Subjects:  Nature, Architecture, CultureTourism
E-mail: Click here
Phone: 859-779-8282

Photo Blog Series: Beautiful Pike County, KY – Larry Epling

The second installment of our photo blog series features Larry Epling, a long time photographer and supporter of local tourism here in Eastern Kentucky. Epling has volunteered his photography skills and many hours to Pike County Tourism CVB over the past several years, capturing not only special events such as Hillbilly Days and Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days, but also Pike County’s natural beauty. Many of the photos featured in our tourist material are courtesy of Epling.

Check out Epling’s gallery below, and feel free to reach out to him for not only photography services, but drone photography as well.

Larry Epling Gallery

Larry Epling – Appalachian Artist

Epling is open for photography commissions, as well as drone photography. Take a look.

Licensed Drone Operator
Subjects: Aerial Photography, Nature, Architecture, Scenics, Culture, Tourism
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Phone: 606 653-2005
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Photo Blog Series: Beautiful Pike County, KY – Chuck Henson

This is the first installment of a series of photo blog posts we are making showcasing beautiful Pike County, Kentucky. As is true about our musical talent, the Eastern Kentucky region is ripe with photographers who are, in our humble opinion, among the best in the country. As with any art form, photography requires not only patience and technical knowledge, but also an eye for color and the perfect angle.

Each post will feature a different photographer from our region, highlighting some of the rustic, natural beauty Appalachia is known for. If you like what you see, feel free to reach out to the photographer for commissions. Their information is posted below.

This collection reflects some of Chuck Henson’s work. Henson is not only a photographer, but is also a valued member of Pike County’s hospitality industry.

Chuck Henson Gallery

This selection of photographs is drawn from Chuck Henson’s “A Walk At Grapevine” series. Also featured is a beautiful black and white photo of the Fordson Building, home of the Stone Heritage Museum in Stone, Kentucky.

C.D. Henson Photography

For more information on Chuck Henson, his photography and commission inquiries:

Subjects: Nature, Architecture, Scenics, Culture
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5 “Social Distancing” Friendly Things to Do in Pikeville/Pike County, KY

Photo taken by Mary Reed Runyon near Nolan WV at the Martin County/Pike County, KY border.

Due to increased regulations concerning COVID-19, Pike County Parks has been temporarily shut down.

Given our current situation in dealing with COVID-19, community members and visitors are becoming increasingly more afraid of going outside, let alone traveling. While Kentucky governor Andy Beshear has been adamant that Kentuckians and our visitors take the utmost precautions in limiting contact with others, small groups gatherings, and so forth, he, along with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism also realize the potential ramifications of total seclusion. Complete quarantine (locking yourself in your house) is not advisable for those who show no signs of illness, and can, in fact, have negative mental health consequences.

So what can you do for recreation while also being responsible? Here are five suggestions for “social distancing” friendly things to do in Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky. Keep in mind that these suggestions are subject to any mandates made by the local, state and federal government concerning COVID-19.

1) Cruisin’ Pike County’s Winding, Wonderful Roads

Way back in the day, Crusin’ was a highlight for families on a Sunday afternoon, or love birds who just wanted to enjoy some alone time together. With gas prices being at an all-time low, it’s time to load up the family, or take your special someone on a cruise through the winding, beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Just about anywhere you go in Pike County, there is roads that go through breathtaking scenery. Parks such as Breaks Interstate Park, Jenny Wiley State Park, or Grants Branch Park in Stone, Kentucky make perfect stopping points for lunch or dinner.

2) Enjoy the Great Outdoors with Our Lakes and Parks

Photo by Chuck Summers

Speaking of Lakes and Parks, the great outdoors gives you plenty of social distancing and alone time to gather your thoughts. There are a wealth of stress relieving activities that you can do in our beautiful parks, such as hiking, biking, fishing, sight-seeing and more. As mentioned above, Breaks Interstate Park, Jenny Wiley State Park, and Grants Branch Park are all excellent choices for going on an adventure. 

3) Take A Stroll Down Historic Downtown Pikeville

Sometimes you just need to take a calm, peaceful walk. Historic Downtown Pikeville is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, featuring the Pikeville City Park, the Pikeville Lake (also a perfect spot for fishing), a swinging bridge, and several mom-and-pop restaurants that offer take out and curb-side. While in the City Park, remember to practice social distancing (6 feet), and take the opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly in the restroom facilities. Downtown Pikeville and the nearby bypass road are very popular locations for 5k runs, so instead of barring yourself in your house, maybe some exercise is just what you need.

Fallen Officers Memorial, Downtown Pikeville, KY

4) Dine out with Curb Side & Carry Out

During this difficult time, it is important that we support our locally owned restaurants. It can be easy to get caught up in all these headlines and forget to support the businesses that enrich our community. Many of our locally owned restaurants offer take-out and curb side delivery of lunch and dinner. Our mom-and-pops are counting on us, and who doesn’t love the unique and delicious flavor they bring?

5) Horseback Riding at the Pike County Horse Trail

Pike County Horse Trail in Lick Creek, KY

Have a horse? We have the trail for you. Located in Lick Creek, the Pike County Horse Trail provides you all the social distancing you need with a relaxing ride through the ruggedly gorgeous mountains of Pike County. With a rustic camping area for parking your hauler, as well as a public restroom for keeping those hands washed, the Pike County Horse Trail has everything that you need to enjoy a ride through the Appalachian mountains.

We here at Pike County Tourism CVB are optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic will pass, and many of our cancelled events will be rescheduled for a later date. In the meantime, we encourage you to do all you can to be safe and responsible, and to be sure to get the exercise your mind, body and soul needs during this stressful time.  

Note: Please follow local, state and federal guidelines for travel before participating in any of the above suggested activities.

(Live Update) Pike County Event Cancellations Due to COVID-19

Pike County Tourism CVB would like to reassure visitors and community members that we are working diligently in monitoring event cancellations due COVID-19 precautions. Many of these events are likely to be rescheduled for a later date, which will be made known on our Pike County Events feed. If you have and travel questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us on our Contact Us page. Ticket refunds may be offered by the event organizers/venues for these events. Reach out to the respective venues for refunds.

Current Event Cancellations/Rescheduled Events

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Event postponed (date TBA).