This is an overlook that can’t be overlooked.

The Pikeville Cut-Through Project is an astonishing engineering wonder that has been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by The New York Times. Spearheaded by former Mayor William C. Hambley, the Pikeville Cut-Through Project officially began in November of 1973 with the purpose of relieving the barrage of flooding that the City of Pikeville experienced each year prior.

The Cut-Through Project also provided the City of Pikeville with more room for development, due to the relocation of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River away from downtown Pikeville, and relieved the City of congestion caused by the railroad and the three major highways that passed through it.

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Pikeville, the city that moves mountains.

Visitors can expect more than just an astonishing view when visiting the Cut-Through Project overlook. Located on Bob Amos drive, the Cut-Through overlook sits atop a majestic mountain surrounded by beautiful scenery and the  Bob Amos Park, which features a rubberized oval walking track, hiking trail, horseshoe arena area, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, and a YMCA. Hatfield and  McCoy River Trails is also located near the overlook and on weekends features canoeing, paddle boating, tubing, as well as a paintball field. So, for a day of fun, consider having a picnic at the Cut-Through and plan for an enjoyable day of lush scenery and outdoor adventure.

The mayor who moved a mountain.

The Pikeville Cut-Through project was a huge accomplishment for former Mayor William C. Hambley. Hambley meticulously oversaw each phase of the project, navigating this massive undertaking through many challenges and ultimately bringing this vision to life. This project was dear to Hambley’s heart, as he was a leader for the community, and wanted to rid his people of the yearly flooding and congestion that had plagued Pikeville City for years. Indeed, much of Pikeville City’s beauty is owed to Hambley’s mountain-moving vision.

Hambley was a well respected physician and surgeon before becoming Mayor of Pikeville City in 1960. Because of his unmatched leadership quality and ability to bring together over 20 federal, state and local agencies to accomplish this lofty goal, a monument was erected in the Pikeville City Park as a tribute to the man who moved a mountain, Mayor William C. Hambley.

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Enjoy a beautiful mountain ride on horseback.

Trail guides are available to lead you along our 3 mile long horse trail. The horses provided by Muddy Boots are trail-experienced and are hand selected to match rider skill level, so your experience is a comfortable and safe one. Schedule your unforgettable trail ride in breathtaking Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky today!

Convention Center

Hold your special event atop the Pikeville Cut-Through.

The Overlook Events Center is a 350 person capacity center located at Bob Amos Park overlooking the Pikeville Cut Through and a portion of downtown. Full service options are available, including catering.

Find the Cut-Through Overlook

Pikeville Cut-Through

9 Bob Amos Dr.
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (800) 844-7453
Tourism Director: Tony K. Tackett

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