Prestonburg – Moonshine, music & mountains

Known as the “Star City of Eastern Kentucky,” you’ll find Prestonburg nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. In this picturesque corner of America, there’s never a shortage of things to do, see, and hear!

In fact, Prestonsburg has set the stage for non-stop musical entertainment, outdoor adventure, heritage treasures, and over-the-top hospitality.

During the day visitors can spend their time experiencing out-of-this-world activities at the East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium. Here, outer space comes alive as the GOTO Chronos Star Projector displays the most realistic night sky simulation in the world.

Prestonburg is also home to many historic landmarks too. Samuel May House is the oldest brick house in the Big Sandy Valley. Furnished with period furniture and display relics, visitors can wander through the home and unearth the storied details of its past. History buffs can also enjoy a tour of Middle Creek National Battlefield, where they will be greeted by soldiers who give a first-hand account of the battle. What’s more, the Van Lear Coal Mining Museum contains fascinating remnants of an era come and gone, and Mountain Home Place offers an authentic glimpse into farm life in the mid 1800’s.

When it comes to outdoor adventure the area is equally blessed. At Stone Crest Sports Complex adventure seekers have 1,500 acres of mountain top to explore. Its’ facilities include a championship 18-hole golf course, spacious club house, grill, and practice range, two horse show rings, stables and more. If you’re still in mood for outdoor excitement, head over to Archer Park for a dip in the Olympic size swimming pool, a couple matches of tennis, and perhaps even a family picnic.

However an afternoon in Prestonburg wouldn’t be complete without some quality time at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Surrounded by the beautiful 1,100 acre Dewey Lake, you can play a round of golf, checkout the Nature Center, as well as stroll along the pristine hiking trails. However, the newest craze is the Park’s Moon Shine Tour, where you can take a slow pontoon boat excursion on Dewey Lake, enter the “Moonshine Hideout” and watch “Uncle Shine” produce his famous elixir. After that, kick back to the favourite tunes of the “Moonshine Band” and feast-out on a mountain style outdoor Bar-B-Q.

Speaking about mouth-watering meals, you’ll certainly have your share in Presonburg. Throughout the region you’ll find tons of fresh local offerings to tempt your taste buds. And when the sun goes down, you’re really in for a treat — at night a whole world of entertainment comes to life. Whether you prefer country, bluegrass, pop, gospel, or symphonic, the spectacular 1,000 seat Mountain Arts Center (MAC) will not disappoint. Come and listen to professional performances by headline artists or join us for our open mic night, “Front Porch Pickin,” with some of the best local talent. For those with a passion for the dramatic arts, Jenny Wiley Theatre is an outdoor venue that’s bound to impress. Throughout the summer they showcase an exciting schedule of dramas and musicals including “Shrec” and “Little Shop of Horrors”.

So come on down to Prestonburg, Kentucky for your next family vacation. Our 400 quality lodging rooms and cottages offer great amenities and are the perfect home away from home. Find out more at