Enjoy All Middlesboro Kentucky & Bell County Have To Offer



Middlesboro, KY provides an advantageous location just one mile west of the Cumberland Gap. The largest city in southeastern KY also features access to Pine Mountain and the Cumberland Mountains. Discover Downtown Middlesboro has helped to restore much of the city’s downtown including historic structures. Middlesboro was the first city in the country to have a community-wide organic garden and is also believed to be the only American city built entirely inside a meteorite crater. Middlesboro ARH Hospital was the first Kentucky hospital to open in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system. Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College maintains five campuses including one in Middlesboro, KY, while Union College is a liberal arts institution founded in 1879. For K-12 students, Middlesboro Independent Schools is a four-school public district.


Middlesboro Country Club is one of the oldest, continuously played courses in the United States. In addition, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and its 85 miles of trails adjoins the city of Middlesboro. Pinnacle Overlook, Gap Cave and Hensley Settlement are also found at the park. Other popular attractions in the area include Pine Mountain State Park Lodge, Chain Rock, Honeymoon Falls, Cannon Creek Lake and the Cumberland River. The Bell County Historical Society preserves much of the county’s history through artifacts and exhibits.



The Shawnee were among the early Native American tribes that inhabited this area. Yellow Creek was settled in 1810, but further development didn’t take place until iron deposits were discovered in the late 1800s. The town of “Middlesborough” was platted in 1888. The town installed the first electric street cars west of Washington D.C., leading to the nickname of “Little Las Vegas.” A strong art community created “the Athens of the Mountains,” and the city was named an “All Kentucky City” five times in the 1960s.


Humid subtropical weather and four distinct seasons are typical in southeastern Kentucky. Throughout the year, Middlesboro, KY averages 206 days of sunshine, 50 inches of rain and 10 inches of snow. July is normally the warmest month with January being the coldest.