Eastern Kentucky Explorations - Pike County

By China Riddle @ChinaRaeRiddle

Greetings, fellow explorers! China Riddle here - a native Pike Countian, senior at Alice Lloyd College, foodie, and mini-adventure enthusiast. As much as I would love to be a member of the Explore Kentucky field team, I am moving after my graduation in December. So, they have graciously allowed me to act as a guest blogger. Although I am sad to leave my old Kentucky home, I am excited for life in Washington, D.C. with my boyfriend Nathan, a student at UofL. 

To truly experience our amazing state before we move, Nathan and I have dedicated ourselves to taking mini-adventures nearly every weekend. This past weekend was particularly lovely because we adventured in my home, Pike County, at The Breaks Interstate Park. 

Shared between Kentucky and Virginia, the Breaks is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the South, which I believe is aptly named. If any explorer makes their way deep into this Eastern Kentucky haven, and experiences the splendid mountain views, I am sure they would agree!

Our adventure began on Laurel Lake, where the weather was perfect for hydrobiking. 

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After making some laps around the lake, we headed to a picnic area for some homemade Kentucky cuisine. My favorite picnic basket (a Kentucky thrift shop find!) and my Granny's handmade quilt made for a perfect Bluegrass lunch. 

From left to right: Derby Pie Cookie Bars with a bourbon glaze, Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix, Kentucky Hot Brown Bites with a gruyere mornay sauce, and Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese. All recipes can be found on my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/chinaraeriddle/the-one-about-kentucky/ 

From left to right: Derby Pie Cookie Bars with a bourbon glaze, Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix, Kentucky Hot Brown Bites with a gruyere mornay sauce, and Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese. All recipes can be found on my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/chinaraeriddle/the-one-about-kentucky/ 

After lunch, we consulted our map and headed to the Stateline Overlook Trail. Breathtaking views of the Appalachian mountains left us in awe.  

After trekking through trails until sunset, we made our way home through Elkhorn City. But, as explorers, we couldn't resist a few photo ops of this adorable town. 

Old Elkhorn City High School. 

Old Elkhorn City High School. 

Elkorn City Riverwalk. 

Elkorn City Riverwalk. 

I encourage any explorer who hasn't made their way East to do so this fall. Whether you like hydrobiking, rafting, or hiking, the Breaks Interstate Park is the perfect location for an autumn adventure! Pike County is scattered with mountain towns full of hidden history and stupendous scenery. Make your way East today and explore Kentucky!

 

 

 

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