The heart of Lake Cumberland

Vacation Ideas

Any vacation in Wayne County should start with a visit to one of our two world class marinas, Conley Bottom Resort and Beaver Creek Resort.  Both marinas offer pontoon boats, ski boats, personal watercraft and fishing boats for rent by the day or by the hour, but we suggest spending a long weekend on one of their beautiful houseboats.  The resort’s houseboats offer every amenity you could want during your time on the water.  Come visit Lake Cumberland and enjoy a three day weekend on a houseboat or even a full week!

Lake Cumberland Vacation

Arrive at one of our world class marinas on Friday afternoon.  After participating in a short information session about the operation of the boats, you will be leaving the dock in a luxurious houseboat with your family and friends for an exciting, yet relaxing weekend on the beautiful waters of Lake Cumberland.  Whether you enjoy skiing, tubing, fishing, simply soaking up the sun while enjoying a good book, or grilling your favorite meal, your worries will be left far behind.  Enjoy all three days on the water.  Remember, your boat doesn’t have to be back to the dock until Monday morning!  Houseboats are also available to rent Monday through Friday.

Camping Vacation

Come spend a few days in one of our first class campgrounds.  We have campgrounds with water, showers, playgrounds, and RV hookup.  Just a couple of the places to visit are Conley Bottom Resort campground where you will have a great view of the marina or New Fall Creek Campground with a beautiful view of the lake from two sides of the campground.  For more information, check out the camping section on this site.

History Lover’s Vacation

A trip to Mill Springs Mill will pass the day away if you enjoy beautiful scenery and a little living history.  Mill Springs Mill, the Brown-Lanier House and West Metcalfe House are all within an easy walk of each other.  The Historic Mill was constructed in 1877, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has the world’s largest overshot waterwheel still in operation.  Located adjacent to the park, the 175 year old Brown-Lanier House served as a home, headquarters and hospital before and after the Civil War Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862.  The house has been restored and is available for tours.  If you really enjoy the house and park, you can spend the night in the historic Brown-Lanier House and still have plenty to explore the next day.  Mill Springs Park also has a gift shop, large picnic areas with grills, shelter houses, and restrooms that were renovated in 2009.

Wayne County is also an antique lover’s paradise.  There are many antique shops scattered throughout the county.  Some of the larger ones are McCutchen’s Antiques located on East Hwy 90, Rabbit Patch Art and Antiques just off Hwy 90 on Hwy 1275, Contented Heart Quilt Guild Shop in downtown Monticello, and Kennett’s Antiques and Junk located on West Hwy 90.

When you visit downtown Monticello, there are plenty of things to see and do.  Visit the restored cabin of Raccoon John Smith, a pioneer preacher on the Kentucky frontier.  Also located in downtown is the Wayne County Museum.  The museum showcases the history of Wayne County and includes a miniature building display, stagecoach display, restored one room schoolhouse, early newspaper publishing equipments and other historical items.  Monticello-Wayne County Park also offers lots of recreational opportunities close to downtown.

Monticello has some great restaurants in the downtown area.  The City Pool Hall has arguably the best hamburger you will ever have and the Soda Shoppe offers a trip back to the fifties with their atmosphere and food.  Also, be sure to check out Vicky’s Place just south of town for the best breakfast anywhere.

Adventure Lover’s Vacation

Wayne County is just a short drive from many of the region’s other top attractions.  Visit the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area for the day and come back to enjoy your nights in Monticello and Wayne County at one of our hotels, bed and breakfast inns, or campgrounds.  The Big South Fork offers horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and miles and miles of hiking trails.  Also be sure to take a ride on the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway for a 16 mile tour into the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork recreation area.  The trip is full of fantastic scenic vistas, lush vegetation, and mountain streams as it descends 600 feet into the gorge before stopping at the Blue Heron Mining Community.

No trip should end without a visit to the “Niagara of the South” at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.  Watch the water fall 60 feet to the river below during a beautiful sunny day or visit at night to see the only “Moonbow” in the western hemisphere.

The Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery was constructed in 1975 and is one of the more recent hatcheries in the federal hatchery system.  The station currently produces 1,000,000 trout that weigh 240,000 pounds annually.  In conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish from the hatchery are stocked in 100 different public fishing waters throughout the state.

The Visitor/Environmental Education Center, located adjacent to the hatchery, was the first of its kind when it opened in September of 2006 and includes many fun and engaging learning opportunities for the entire family.  While visiting the area, be sure to check out the exhibits, view the film in the theater and browse the gift shop.

7 Day Vacation Ideas

Check out the sample trip itinerary below for a week full of fun in Wayne County and on Lake Cumberland.  The trip will give you a sample of what the area has to offer.

Day One

Lake Cumberland is known for its calm and relaxing waters, as well as its scenic coves located throughout the lake.  After checking in and loading your houseboat, the next three days will offer fun for the whole family.  The opening day on the water will allow for a cruise that will entice every water enthusiast in your crowd.  Lake Cumberland offers something for everyone that enjoys the water.  Boating, fishing, tubing, or sunbathing are just some of the activities you will want to enjoy while on the lake.

Day Two

The opening day offers so many opportunities, it’s a good thing your vacation includes two more sun-drenched and water-soaked days on Kentucky’s premier lake.

Day Three

Just because it’s the last day on the lake doesn’t mean the fun will end!  At normal summer pool, Lake Cumberland has 63,000 acres of water and more than 1,200 miles of shoreline so be active or just take a deep breath and enjoy the unmatched scenic beauty that only “The Heart of Lake Cumberland” can provide!

Day Four

Ready to be out of the water, but don’t want to leave just yet?  A trip to Mill Springs Mill will allow you a chance to visit longer if history intrigues you.  Mill Springs Mill, the Brown-Lanier House and West-Metcalfe House are all within an easy stroll of each other.  Walking the grounds of Mill Springs Park will take your mind and soul to another to another time- the past.  By taking a stroll through Mill Springs Park, you become instantly immersed in the culture and history of another time.  The historic grist mill was constructed in 1877, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has the world’s largest overshot waterwheel (40 ft. in diameter).  You can even watch the mill in operation throughout the summer.  Located adjacent to the Park, the 175 year old Brown-Lanier House served as a home, headquarters, and hospital before and after the Civil War Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862.  The house has been restored and furnished with period furniture by the Mill Springs Battlefield Association.  Free tours are available.  Mill Springs Park also has a gift shop, large picnic area with grills, shelter houses, and restrooms.  The mill and house overlook Lake Cumberland on Hwy 1275, just north of Monticello.  The West-Metcalfe House is about one mile north of the Mill Springs Park.  The house was the first brick house constructed in Wayne County and served as a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Mill Springs.

Day Five

The area is a shopper’s and antique lover’s paradise.  There are many antique shops scattered throughout the county.  Some of the larger ones are McCutchen’s Antiques, Rabbit Patch Art and Antiques, the Contented Heart Quilt Guild Shop, and Kennett’s Antiques.  There are also several local clothing, craft and gift shops that offer great values.  Downtown Monticello has some great restaurants with delicious food.  The City Pool Hall has one of the best hamburgers you will ever eat and the Soda Shoppe offers a trip back to the fifties with their atmosphere and food.  Also, be sure to check out Vicky’s Place for the best breakfast around.

In downtown Monticello, spend some time touring the restored cabin of “Raccoon” John Smith, a pioneer preacher on the Kentucky frontier.  Also located in downtown, in the former Breeding Hotel, is the Wayne County Museum.  The museum exhibits the history of Wayne County and includes a miniature building display, real-life stagecoach display, restored one-room schoolhouse, early newspaper publishing equipment and other historical items.  Monticello-Wayne County Park also offers all kinds of recreational and picnic opportunities just outside the downtown area.

Day Six

A great attribute of Monticello is that it’s only a short, scenic drive from many of the region’s other top attractions, like the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Big South Fork Scenic Railway and Cumberland Falls.  Enjoy a 16 mile ride round-trip on the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway into the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork Recreation Area.  The trip is full of fantastic scenic vistas, lush vegetation, and mountain streams as it descends 600 feet into the gorge before stopping at the Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp.  Tickets also include admission to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns, Kentucky.

The day will be capped of with a visit to the “Niagara of the South” at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.  Enjoy the falls on a sunny afternoon or hang around to view the falls at night to see the only “Moonbow” in the western hemisphere.  The park is one of the state’s oldest and most visited parks.

Day Seven

The Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery was constructed in 1975 and is one of the more recent hatcheries in the federal system.  The station currently produces 1,000,000 trout that weigh 240,000 pounds annually.  In conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish are stocked in 100 different public fishing waters throughout the state.

The Visitor/Environmental Education Center, located adjacent to the hatchery, was the first of its kind when it opened in September 2006 and includes many fun and engaging learning opportunities for the entire family.  While in the area, be sure to check out the exhibits, view the film in the theater and browse the gift shop.

Wayne County

Events

  • June 29, 2017 7:00 pmLake Cumberland Blues Society Thursday Night Jam
  • June 30, 2017 6:00 pmBurnside 6th Annual Independence Day Celebration
  • June 30, 2017 6:30 pmMurder Mystery Dinner Theater - "Offing Ferris Bueller"
  • July 1, 2017 8:00 amWayne County Farmers' Market
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