Old Frankfort Pike

Kentucky Scenic Byways

Kentucky is home to 37 scenic byways, including seven that have received the national scenic byways designation. These roads are of the utmost importance to local economies as they attract visitors who look for unique ways to experience the naturally beautiful and historically significant attractions located nearby. The byways showcase brilliant foliage, breathtaking natural beauty, native wildlife, and national heritage. Their diversity in attraction and appeal and individual uniqueness attracts many to the state and contributes to the tourism and travel industry of Kentucky.



Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Kentucky byways provide access to spectacular sites, including one national park, 45 state parks, two historic parks, 12 national monuments, one recreation area, one national battlefield, and two historic trails.


About the National Scenic Byways Program

The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.

All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.