One of the most unique things about Kentucky Mountain Bible College is our location! KMBC is the “Bible College Located in Adventure Country!” The College itself sits on over 400 acres of unpopulated outdoor space with ziplines, an athletic field, and over 3 miles of hiking trails all accessible to students and their families. KMBC also has bikes and kayaks available to those who want to take advantage of the north fork of the Kentucky River which runs almost through our front yard!
There is much to do in our area for the outdoor-lover! But that is not all there is to do those who are interested in shopping or city life will love a day trip to Winchester or Lexington (1hr – 1hr 30min.) which has all the shops, and attractions of any city!
1. Hiking at Natural Bridge
For those who are adventurous and want to get off campus, the world-famous Red River Gorge is located just 30mins away. Red River Gorge is full of hiking trails for every level of ability as well as breathtaking natural arches, scenic views, and rock climbing opportunities. With both hiking and Skylift options available Natural Bridge is a very popular spot for those who want to get a taste of the Gorge! No trip to the Gorge is complete without a trip to campus favorite Miguel’s Pizza, which offers a unique dining experience in a beautiful setting! There are also lots of different shops and restaurants along the way!
2. Drive through Nada Tunnel
While you’re in the Gorge make sure to take a drive through the Nada Tunnel which is set directly through a mountain! Proper tunnel etiquette is to honk before you enter the tunnel to let anyone on the other side know you are coming through, and turn your headlights on. If there is someone coming through simply back up and wait for them to pass. You can also run or walk through the tunnel but be very cautious of approaching vehicles.
3. Feed “wild horses” at Elkview
Elkview is also known as South Fork Nature Preserve and with a small scenic walk looking out over miles of beautiful rolling hills, miles of walking and ATV trails, and the opportunity to feed free-roaming horses it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. It was created as a place to help rebuild local Elk populations, although today wild elk are not usually seen, local farmers pasture their horses in this beautiful and protected space. There are also rustic campsites, and a small scenic path overlooking miles of rolling Appalachian hills!
4. Go Bowling!
The Lee County Rec Center is a Ministry of Kentucky Mountain Mission in Beattyville, Kentucky. They are dedicated to providing a fun, safe place for everyone to enjoy! Their facilities include a bowling alley, gym, game area, and climbing center. They also have a full menu and mouth-watering milkshakes
5. Trail Riding on Horseback at Whisper Valley
Whisper Valley Trails is located at the southern tip of the Red River Gorge. They offer 1 & 2 hour guided horseback riding tours through beautiful country as well as cliff side camping!
6. All-weather Ice Skating!
The Lexington Ice Center is a favorite! This Christian-focused skating rink offers two indoor ice rinks, three gyms, and 54 holes of Bible-themed mini-golf! If you want a great family-friendly experience in a safe clean environment this is the place for you. Make sure you swing by the local Chick-fil-a when you’re finished.
7. Take a step back in time at Fort Boonesborough
Established by Daniel Boone and his men, Fort Boonesborough State Park offers you a step back in time. The park has RV and camping grounds, hiking trails, living history artisans, and a museum! They have tours available through Oct. 31st!
8. Get Creative
Created by You LLC in Winchester, KY is a great place to spend a creative afternoon. Pick out your pottery piece, paint it, then leave it with them to fire in their kiln. Just make sure that your college student remembers to pick it the next time they come home! You can paint everything from mugs and dishes to sculptures and Christmas ornaments.
9. Try a Kentucky Hot Brown
Created in Louisville, the Hot Brown is a thoroughly Kentucky creation. This open-faced sandwich is a wonderfully cheesy combination of turkey, bacon, and tomato. Get yours at the locally-owned Kelsy’s Cafe in downtown Jackson!
10. Visit a Horse Farm
One of the things that Kentucky is most known for is horses! Located in Lexington and the surrounding areas are beautiful horse farms known for housing some of the most famous racers in the country. You can get a backstage pass to the daily training and every day of these beautiful horses by booking a tour at one of the many horse parks! During the months leading up to Christmas, you can also drive through the Southern Lights Christmas light display featured at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Get in a scrape or need medical care? Don’t worry! There is a Regional Hospital located 7 miles from our Campus!