Quality of Life

halfway to hazardARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Our region is home to dozens of country music legends like Halfway to Hazard, Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and many more.  It is only fitting that we have an abundant amount of entertainment options.  Whether you are interested in local festivals, arts & crafts, nationally known music performers or an off-Broadway show, you will find it here.  And if History is your forte, we are home to the classic feud between the Hatfields & McCoys, as seen on the popular History Channel mini-series.


The Great Outdoors! Southeastern Kentucky has an abundance of outdoor recreation and activities including:

  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park: 856 acres with a lodge overlooking a 1,200 acre mountain reservoir lake—adjacent to the Daniel Boone National Forest.
  • Carr Creek Lake: 750 acre lake and Carr Creek State Park encompasses 29 acres
  • Natural Bridge State Park is home to a wonder of nature and invites rock climbers from around the country
  • The Breaks Interstate Park boasts the nations deepest gorge east of the Grand Canyon
  • Mountain rivers encourage kayaking and class 5 whitewater rafting in the fall
  • Jenny Wiley State park is home to east Kentucky’s largest lake
  • Golf enthusiasts will love our courses, especially the mountaintop course at Stonecrest Golf Course
  • Not to mention all other manner of outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, off-road and ATV trail riding, elk viewing, horseback riding, mountain biking and a growing culture of competitive running.

retail and diningRETAIL & DINING

Hazard is one of two cities in our region with the highest retail sales per capita in the state of Kentucky (2007). From local shops to national big-box stores, much of what you need is close-by.  Of course, you can always take a short drive to Lexington, KY, Charleston, WV, or Kingsport, TN for even more retail options.  We are also blessed to have local restaurateurs serving up delectable dishes around the region. From dining at Jabo’s Coal River Grille where you can enjoy a coal-fired pizza to the BBQ at Big Blue Smokehouse or the daily specials at Frances’s Diner, we are sure to be able to satisfy your cravings!


Educational opportunities are plentiful in the mountains including:

  • Hazard Community and Technical College, a part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, is one of three colleges with 9 campuses in the region focusing on workforce ready training and certificates.
  • University Center of the Mountains is a dynamic consortium of post-secondary institutions bringing more educational opportunities to southeastern Kentucky.
  • Galen School of Nursing, one of America’s largest private colleges of nursing has a campus in Hazard University of Pikeville boasts the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Elliot School of Nursing and the Kentucky School of Optometry
  • East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute—a Haas Technical Education Center graduating job-ready machinists


Living is southeastern Kentucky is a delightful experience. From the annual festivals, highly ranked local schools, public parks and subdivisions with breathtaking views that are second to none.