West Liberty is truly the heart of fun in eastern Kentucky. Conveniently located just 15 miles from Cave Run Lake, bordered by Paintsville Lake and just 30 miles from the Red River Gorge, this locale is perfect for abundant fishing, hiking, climbing and relaxation. Spend a day fishing in the “Musky Capital of the South”, then drive a short distance and discover why “the Red” is consistently ranked in the top 10 climbing locations in the world. In your downtime, blow off some steam at one of the many recreational parks in West Liberty or take a drive down a country road,relax and discover the natural beauty of Morgan County.
Blackwater Boat Ramp is located on Cave Run Lake, on the Cumberland Ranger District of Daniel Boone National Forest. The drive to the boat ramp through the Daniel Boone National Forest is quite scenic with the road leading under rock ledges and edged by cliff in some areas. Parking is available at the boat ramp. Pull off spots along the way are perfect for family fishing and an afternoon spent in the Kentucky wilderness. Blackwater boat ramp is open all year. For more info and driving directions, click here.
Blaze Falls is the unofficial name of a waterfall located in the community of Blaze. It is estimated to be 80-90 feet tall with three separate drops. Each drop is commonly referred to as Blaze #1, Blaze #2 and Blaze #3. Blaze Falls is located off HWY 1002 in Morgan County.
Duck Creek Quail Hunting Preserve is located at 472 Duck Creek Road, West Liberty, Ky. Amenities include guided hunts, seasoned hunting dogs available by hour, home cooked meals. Or you can choose to bring your own hunting dog and purchase one of the many membership packages available. Contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or call (606) 362-5223.
Joe Stacy Recreational Complex – The Joe Stacy Recreational Complex consists of a softball field with bleachers, spacious baseball field with bleachers and separate equestrian park. A walking trail surrounds the grounds providing a nice place for parents to walk while children participate in sporting events.
Although, Kellacey Falls is located on private property near the southern part of Cave Run Lake, it can be reached by boat from the Blackwater boat ramp. Turn left from the boat ramp and go up to the second cove on the right. Photo of Kellacey Falls by Kent Nickell. Click the image to see a full version of this photo.
Kiwanis Club Park is definitely a busy place in the summertime in West Liberty. With multiple tennis courts, a little league field, soccer field, basketball courts, small playground and the Kiwanis Club pool, this recreational park has something for everyone of all age groups.
Lost Creek Boat Ramp is located off HWY 1260 and provides access to the beautiful Paintsville Lake. The ramp is accessible to any light recreational boat and trailer. A small unpaved parking lot is located nearby. Although small, the ramp can be used for fishing from the bank in some areas. To reach Lost Creek Boat Ramp from West Liberty, take KY 172N, turn right onto Hwy 437, right on to Hwy 1260, left on to Lost Creek Road to ramp.
Morgan County Wellness and Youth Center – The newly built and ever expanding Morgan County Wellness and Youth Center is the perfect place to spend some time unwinding indoors. The facility includes four basketball courts, an indoor walking track, gym equipment and several meeting rooms for individual classes or group meetings. Classes are also offered. Visit Morgan County Wellness and Youth Center Facebook page for more information.
Old Mill Park – The playground area at Old Mill Park is divided into two sections. One playground area was designed exclusively for younger children with equipment small arms and growing legs can easily navigate. This area is covered in soft, recycled mulch to keep your little ones protected. The second playground was designed with older children in mind. It has swings, slides, lots of climbing towers, including a small climbing wall, and faux boulders. Monkey bars and pull up bars will help your child get a good daily dose of exercise. A set of outdoor drums is even attached to the playground equipment for your older music makers. The floor of the playground is covered in wood mulch. Benches are scattered throughout the playground area for caretakers to relax. AND don’t forget your volley ball, kickball, frisbee, badminton set and football. Old Mill Park features a permanent net perfect for an afternoon volleyball game and lots of wide open space for both the young and young at heart.
Patoker Park – Located on Paintsville lake, Patoker Park is suitable for camping and has a picnic shelter for family gatherings. A nearby boat ramp allows easy access to Paintsville Lake with adequate room for parking a vehicle and trailer. Nearby Patoker Campground offers cabin rentals, RV/Camper lot rentals with electrical hook-up or campsite rentals. Enjoy the wonders of nature, guided trail rides, hunting, fishing and camping while taking in the beautiful scenery of eastern Kentucky. If you’re a horse enthusiast, stable rentals are available to accommodate your animals.
Pleasant Valley Country Club – The 9-hole “Pleasant Valley” course at the Pleasant Valley Country Club facility in West Liberty, Kentucky features all the hallmarks of Kentucky golf and is open to members as well as the public. From tee to green, only one hole exceeds 400 yards. Pleasant Valley golf course opened in 1969. Ryan Gevedon, Jr., PGA manages the course as the General Manager. It is located along Caney Creek. 160 Golf Course Road, West Liberty | (606) 743-3329
Tredway Park Volleyball – Bring a ball, a large group and a picnic lunch for an afternoon of fun at Tredway Park.
Twenty Six Boat Ramp is located on Cave Run Lake on the Cumberland Ranger district. It is located off County Road 1474 in Morgan County. This large boat ramp is easily accessible and provides plenty of parking for trucks, cars and trailers. There are lots of spots for family fishing and there are a few spots for camping nearby. Twentysix Boat Ramp is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Wrigley Arch – This man-made tunnel was created by the Morehead & North Fork Railroad in 1907. There is a smaller arch located next to Wrigley Arch which was created for the creek to run through. The creek was rerouted to avoid building two bridges. These are known as the Twin Tunnels. Wrigley Arch has a span of 35 ft. and an opening height of 50 feet. Photo of Wrigley Arch provided by Kent Nickell. Click the photo to see the full size image.
Wrigley Falls sets in a picturesque little alcove off the side of the road, outside of the small hamlet by the same name in northern Morgan County. Located less than a mile from Wrigley Arch, Wrigley Falls is said to be one of the prettier falls in the state as it is surrounded by a beautiful evergreen grotto. Photo of Wrigley Falls provided By Kent Nickell. Click the photo above to see the full size image.
Yocum Creek Falls. There are two waterfalls to be found in Yocum Creek, commonly referred to as Upper and Lower Yocum Falls. Upper Yocum Falls is slightly more than 100 feet high in a setting of wild beauty. Yocum Creek drops nearly 120 feet at this falls, not far from where Yocum empties into the Licking River. Tall trees grow around the basin into which the water falls, their tops reaching almost to the brink. Huge rocks to the foot of the falls are gray and green with lichens and other mosses and out of the rock crevices and spray drenched soil grow many rare plants. Yocum Falls was listed in the WPA Guide to Kentucky which was originally published in 1939. The picturesque falls was the subject of many vintage postcards promoting one of the prettier sites in Morgan County.