Anyone with an affinity for weekend day trips to quaint communities ripe for exploration should plan a visit to Boone County, especially if you love the outdoors. And if you’ve visited before, it might look a bit different than you remember.
Boone is in the process of rediscovering itself—finding its path into the future on streets paved by coal. The county was once one of the largest coal producers in the state, and there’s a museum in town—the Coal Heritage Museum—that you should add to your list of potential places to visit. The county and its county seat of Madison became part of the world-famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails system in 2017 and serve as a jumping-off point—or in this case a putting-in point—for the Coal River Walhonde Water Trail System, one of the most celebrated water trails this side of the Mississippi River.
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