Places of Interest


Cumberland Gap National Historic Park – Minutes North of campus – Historic Cumberland Gap, Civil War earthworks/forts, hiking, camping, picnicking

Wilderness Road State Park – Ewing, VA – 15 minutes from campus – Wilderness Road offers picnicking, hiking, and nature and living history programs. Visitors can enjoy the visitor center, home to a theater showing an award-winning docudrama, “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation.” The center also has a frontier museum and a gift shop with unique regional gifts.

Pine Mountain State Park – Pineville, KY – 20 minutes from campus – Hiking, camping, picnicking, scenic views

Cumberland Fall State Park – 1 hour WNW of campus – Massive 60 foot waterfall on the Cumberland River creates a moonbow on clear nights when there is a full moon – Hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, scenic views

Norris Dam State Park – 1 hour SW of campus – Located on the shores of Norris Lake with more than 800 miles of shoreline, Norris Dam State Park offers recreational boating, skiing, and fishing. The park offers a fully equipped marina with boat ramp available to the general public. House boats and pontoon boats are available for rent along with other types of boats.

Cove Lake State Park – 1 hour SW of campus – Cove Lake’s 717 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Scenic nature trails lead through a diversity of wetlands and woodlands offering wildlife viewing for the nature enthusiast.

Big Ridge State Park – 1 hours South of campus – Big Ridge State Park consists of more than 15 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to very rugged. Among these trails guests hike along dry ridges, lush hollows, old roadbeds, lakeshores and beside cemeteries and remnants of early settlements. The park has 50 campsites on or near Norris Lake

Natural Tunnel State Park – 1 hour East of campus – More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or “chimneys.”

Indian Mountain State Park – 1 hour West of campus – Indian Mountain State Park is a 200-acre park located in Campbell County near Tennessee’s northern border. As a reclaimed surface mine Indian Mountain exhibits a beneficial use that can be made of land after such intensive alterations as those inherent in surface mining. Indian Mountain State Park is a popular camping park. Several ponds provide fishing opportunities for park visitors. The ponds are stocked with a number of fish species including bluegill, large-mouth bass, crappie and catfish.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park – 1.5 hours South of campus – Most visited National Park in nation – Hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, scenic views

Daniel Boone National Forest – 2 hours North of campus – The forest is managed for multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wildlife, fish, water, minerals and wilderness. The diverse landscape of the forest provides a home for thousands of plant and animal species, including species that are federally listed as threatened or endangered.


Gap Cave – Minutes from campus – 1.5 mile guided tour, tour takes 2 hours, moderately strenuous, stalagmites and flowstone cascades, tour includes 1 mile hike along Wilderness Road (2.5 total), proper footwear/dress is required, tour departs from Daniel Boone parking area.

Pinnacle Overlook – Minutes North of campus – Pinnacle Overlook Trail is a 7.8 mile out and back trail located near Middlesboro, Kentucky and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.

Harrogate City Park – Harrogate City Park spans over 20 acres and is a great place to enjoy with the family. Park amenities include: Pavilions (1 large, 2 small), Picnic Tables, Gazebo (1), Basketball Court, Volleyball Court, Skateboard park, Horseshoe Pits, Walking Trail, Bike Track, Playgrounds, Sandbox, Swing-sets, Rest Rooms and Vending Machines.

Tazewell Speedway – 15 minutes South of campus – The World’s Fastest 1/3-Mile Dirt Track was built in 1965 and is known as one of the country’s most exciting racetracks. Fans know that Tazewell Speedway will produce action-packed racing action every time the gates open. Tazewell Speedway (dubbed as “The Taz”) is famous for its extremely high banks and tight close racing action.

Norris Lake – 30 min from campus – Tennessee’s rolling green hills protect the peaceful turquoise water of Norris Lake as people congregate every year to this coveted vacation retreat.  Numerous marinas surround the Norris Lake offering boat rentals, jet ski rentals, floating lake homes, pontoon boats, fishing boats, as well as accessible boat ramps to bring your own vessel onto these waters.

Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park – 45 minutes North of campus –  9,000 acres of great scenery and off-road trails, as well as camping and fishing spots. And the best part: the trail riding, primitive camping, and fishing are COMPLETELY FREE

FestivitiesCumberland Mountain Fall Festival (Middlesboro, KY), Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival   (Pineville, KY), White Lightning Trail Festival (Cumberland Gap, TN), Rod Run (Pigeon Forge, TN),  Raid at Martin’s Station  (Ewing. VA), Dogwood Arts Festival (Knoxville) and  Sundown in the City  (Knoxville).

Golf – Several courses within 1 hour of campus including Woodlake Golf Course,  Wasioto Winds Golf Course, Middlesboro Country Club   , Cedar Hills Country Club, Three Ridges Golf Course and Clinch View Country Club.

NASCAR/NHRA Racing – Bristol Motor Speedway/Dragway is less than two hours East of campus.

Other sportsMemphis Grizzlies (NBA), Tennessee Smokies (Class AA Chicago Cubs affiliate) – just east of Knoxville on I-40, Knoxville Ice Bears (professional ice hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League),  MLB Appalachian League affiliates are nearby in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City, Elizabethton and Greeneville, Knoxville also has minor league hockey

Cherokee Lake – 1 hour South of campus – When visiting Cherokee Lake, you will find it is surrounded by gentle, rolling hills. Beautiful, peaceful country landscape abounds in the many farmlands near the lake. To the Northwest of Cherokee Lake you can see the towering Clinch Mountain Range.

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area – 1.5 hours West of campus – Hiking/biking/horseback riding, camping, fishing, whitewater rafting, scenic views, scenic railway, historic sites

Douglas Lake – 1.5 hours from campus – Douglas Lake is located in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, attracting more than 1.7 million visitors a year. Surrounded by mountains and rolling hills, Douglas Lake offers a variety of activities year round such as boating, fishing, camping, and swimming.

Martins Fork Lake – 1.5 hours from campus – Martins Fork Lake provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for thousands of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities from which to choose, including: fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, sunbathing, hiking, boating, and others.

Powell River – From the Tennessee border, the Powell River runs southward for 62 miles through remote rugged ridges and undeveloped valleys. One of the finest remote float streams in the state, winding through sparsely populated and beautiful country, the Powell River has excellent fishing.

Clinch River – The Clinch tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to Highway 61 Bridge in Clinton, Tennessee, at River Mile 67 and can be accessed at several locations. The setting of wooded ridges and pastures is beautifully pastoral. Fishing on the Clinch is good year-round but it is great in late winter, early spring and late fall, early winter.

Kentucky Bingo Parlors – Many bingo parlors to choose from in Kentucky.

The Appalachian Trail stretches through 14 states from Maine south to Georgia, a length of over 2,175 miles. In Tennessee, the trail starts in the northeast corner of the state, just south of Damascus, Virginia. Many sections of the trail are easily accessible for day hikes.


West Town Mall – 1 hour from campus – West Town Mall is an upscale shopping mall located in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Opened in August 1972, this one-level mall is located in the western portion of Knoxville in the West Hills community.

Turkey Creek Shopping – 1.5 hours from campus -Turkey Creek is a shopping complex and mixed-use commercial development located in western Knox County, Tennessee, in the cities of Knoxville and Farragut.

Knoxville Market Square – 1.5 hours from campus – Knoxville’s Market Square District is a prime location for all kinds of entertainment. Whether you are bringing your children down to play in the fountains while you shop the Market Square Farmers’ Market or bringing your sweetheart downtown for a romantic dinner and evening at the theatre, you’ll find there’s something for everyone.

Tanger Outlets Sevierville, TN –  1.5 hours from campus – Tanger Outlet Centers feature more than 2,200 outlet stores which are owned and operated by the most popular, brand name manufacturers.


Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum – On the LMU campus – One of the world’s largest Lincoln Collections

Bell County Library – Offers books, videos, audio books, free Internet service, periodicals, genealogy and local history collections, reference services, bookmobile, and many more.

Bell County Museum – The historic building housing our museum, built as the Carnegie Library and deep-rooted in the enrichment and educational development of the citizens of Middlesboro, still follows the legacy of Andrew Carnegie. It remains dedicated to learning and enlightenment, providing an opportunity for the youth of this generation to know and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of this region, the region which witnessed thousands of early pioneers traveling along the Wilderness Trail, through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. A great many made permanent homes here in Kentucky.

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum – The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is heritage center located in Benham, Kentucky. Its focus is the history of the coal industry in Eastern Kentucky.

Middlesboro Arthur Museum – The museum showcases city founder Alexander A. Arthur memorabilia and is a visitor center.

Southwest Virginia Museum – This National Historic Landmark is in an 1890s Victorian stone mansion with original oak interior. The museum’s collection includes more than 25,000 pieces and state of the art exhibits telling the story of the exploration and development of Southwest Virginia from the pioneer era of the 1700s to the mining “boom and bust” era of the late 1800s.

Wilderness Road National Scenic Byway – The Wilderness Road Heritage Highway is an important historic route and was crucial in the West’s settlement and during the Civil War. Today places like Cumberland Gap National Historic Park preserve that history.


Knoxville, Tennessee – 1 hour SSW of campus. University of Tennessee athletics, two shopping malls, numerous other restaurants and stores.

Pigeon Forge, TN– 2 hours from campus -This Smoky Mountain town is overflowing with activities that are sure to please everyone! Pigeon Forge is home to Dollywood, one of the two Titanic Museum Attractions and we also have a WonderWorks to boggle your minds. New additions to our list of things to do in Pigeon Forge include The Island, where you can ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and there’s also the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast you’ll love Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiking and horseback riding. For some extreme adventures try out whitewater rafting and zip lining! Other popular activities are shopping and going to the entertaining theaters and shows!

Gatlinburg, TN– 2 hours from campus – Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. You’ll find fun all over the map in Gatlinburg, whether it’s adventure in the Smokies, art galleries and studios downtown, family attractions or simply the area’s amazing natural beauty. Take a stroll, shop, pack a picnic, or curl up by a fire.

Cades Cove – Cades Cove, just outside of Gatlinburg, grants visitors a look at life in another era through structures built by the area’s early settlers. Take an eleven-mile journey through the remnants of Cades Cove history and the awe-inducing beauty of the waterfalls and forests that have only grown grander with time. There are many ways to experience Cades Cove–horseback riding, biking, hiking or by car. Just be sure to bring a camera.

Red Bird Mission – Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921.

Middlesboro Meteor Crater – Three mile wide basin formed when a metorite impacted the region some 300 million years ago. The city of Middlesboro, KY is located inside the impact crater.