Barbourville is a town rich in history with many firsts:

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. 

Come see the original Thunder Road movie, beginning around sunset 9 pm.  Pick up a movie meal to go, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy the evening with friends & family.

Barbourville BBQ Festival 2019

Barbourville BBQ Festival 2019


The best BBQ cooks in southeast Kentucky and beyond will show off their skills, competing for prizes & bragging rights!  

Thompson RV Park, 125 Old South Main Street in Barbourville.  KSBS sanctioned event. 606-545-9674

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