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About the Corbin Area

Located in Whitley County off I-75, Corbin is situated in southeastern Kentucky's "Valley of Parks" and offers a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, including mountain climbing, river rafting, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and the Daniel Boone Motocross Park.

Outdoor attractions around the Corbin area include Laurel River Lake, a 5,600-acre recreational lake; Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, known as the "Niagara of the South;" Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, which includes the Mountain Life Museum; and the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Corbin is also famous as the founding place of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Colonel Harland Sanders developed his secret recipe here in the 1940s. Tourists can still dine in the restored restaurant and enjoy the annual World Chicken Festival held the last full weekend of September in downtown London. The festival, which attracts more than 200,000 visitors, includes live entertainment, rides, a carnival midway, a car show, exhibits and the world's largest frying pan.

Other area attractions include the Thomas Museum of Kaizer-Frazer Cars; the Kentucky Community Crafts Village where mountain craftsmen demonstrate and sell their crafts in cabins; and the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Kentucky's country music capital.

With a population around 9,000 Corbin offers a small town quality of life, but is within an hour-and-a-half drive of both Lexington, Kentucky to the north and Knoxville, Tennessee to the south. Higher education is also within easy reach, with the following universities within a 20-minute to 120-minute drive:

For more information about Corbin, visit the web sites below:

Or contact:
Corbin Tourist & Convention Commission
101 North Depot Street
Corbin, KY 40701