Welcome to Barbourville

A small town full of history and adventure

  • 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.

ATTENTION: Knox Street Thunder will not be holding any events at this time.

What's Happening

First Friday Movie Nights will return in Spring 2021.

Team Kentucky.
We are in this together.

Thursday Live Music Tourism Backyard Stage will return Spring 2021

Contact Us

Call Us, Write Us, or Knock on Our Door

We would be happy to help you have the best stay possible!