The region is a bounty of natural wonders from mountain streams to hiking trail. The arts are thriving in Hindman, Kentucky and of course there is a strong musical tradition in the region. Anywhere local residents gather, the twist of a tale, the strike of a bow, or the stroke of an artist’s brush pay homage to the legacies of mountain song, dance, and craft. Hindman serves as the Mecca to Knott County’s multi-dimensional arts environment. Follow the links below to discover what the region has to offer.
Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer
This permanent exhibition of instruments, many of which are on loan to the Center from George Gibson, honors many local dulcimer builders and players including Uncle Ed Thomas, Jethro Amburgey, Jean Ritchie, and Homer Ledford. The Museum, located in the Appalachian Artisan Center, Cody Studios Building, can be viewed during normal business hours and by special appointment.
Appalachian Artisan Center
The purpose of the Appalachian Artisan Center is to develop the economy of eastern Kentucky through our arts, culture, and heritage. At the sparkling new Cody Studios, visitors find the Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer, Jewelry and Ceramic programs and The AAC Gallery.
Mine Made Adventure Paradise Park
The Mine Made Adventure Paradise Park lives up to its name as a Paradise for adventure seekers. With hundreds of miles of trails and great camping opportunities, there is something for everyone on this 43,000 acre site. Just outside of Leburn and Hindman, the adventure park is also home to one of the nation's only certified Motorcycle and ATV Training Centers. They provide instuctional and safety classes, and offer direct access to the vast trail systems. Visitors may also get the chance to see the Rocky Mountain Elk that help make up the largest herd in the eastern United States. The Mine Made Adventure Paradise Park is also home to the Knott County Trail Rides. Hosted in the Fall and Spring, the Knott County Rides have become the most popular trail rides in the region, with thousands of riders and equines turning out for the great riding and entertainment.
Knott County Sportsplex
Knott County Sportsplex is a modern, state-of-the art multi-sports facility near Hindman, Kentucky. Located six miles east of Hindman on highway 80. The Sportsplex officially opened on October 12, 2007. It offers 66,000 Square Feet of Indoor Fun, 5 Full-size Hardwood Maple Basketball Courts, 5 Volleyball Courts, 3 Baseball Fields with Lights for Night Games, 2 Soccer Fields, Arcade with Prizes, 8-Lane Bowling Alley, State of the Art Fitness Center, Gymnastics Center, Conference Room, Sports Museum, Indoor Walking Track, Sports Shop, Concessions, Indoor and Outdoor Eating, and Viewing Area.
Carr Creek State Park
Carr Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is located 8.8 miles below Carr Creek Dam, and is thought to have gotten its name from William Carr, a well-known "Long Hunter" who hunted in the area. Today, the area is a family-friendly escape with plenty of water activities, including boating, fishing and swimming. The marsh environment in the Carr Creek area is unusual for the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, but this natural museum provides a wide assortment of watchable wildlife. Wood duck, great blue and green heron, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, wild turkey, red-winged blackbird, warblers, raccoon and striped skunk may be found making their homes in this area of KY.
Hindman Settlement School
Honoring the past, improving the present, and planning for the future of Central Appalachia; Hindman Settlement School is a vibrant beacon for progressive learning, community enrichment, and cultural exploration in the Central Appalachian region. We provide practical courses, programs, and services designed to inspire collaboration and improve the lives of the people in our community. We know that through proper education, stewardship, and support, the people of our community can help our region thrive.
The Marie Stewart Craft Shop is truly a one-of-a-kind store filled with traditional Appalachian crafts from Eastern Kentucky. The shop also provides a venue to showcase the consigned work of local artisans. Here’s a fun fact: the shop is fondly named in memory of Marie Stewart, who started attending Hindman Settlement School in 1919 and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1929. Marie carried on the Hindman Settlement School craft tradition by creating many handmade items herself. Visit the shop from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, or on special occasions. If you’re not able to pay us a visit, enjoy our shop online! If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need help placing an order online, just give us a call anytime during business hours.