The “Gateway” to the Redbud and Elk Capitals of Kentucky
The City of Manchester and its surrounding countryside have an abundance of wildlife. The turkey and deer populations have grown tremendously throughout Clay County and just recently elk were reintroduced into the area.
Manchester also provides the perfect “GATEWAY” to the Redbud Capital of Kentucky along Highway 80.
Each year along historic Highway 80 and Hal Rogers Parkway in the majestic mountains of eastern Kentucky visitors see thousands of redbud trees lining the road. They may also travel the more scenic Highway 1524 through the Daniel Boone National Forest and in addition to redbuds enjoy beautiful dogwood and sarvis trees in bloom.
Clay County also serves as the “Gateway to Elk Country” where over 6,500 elk roam free. Refer to the map on the main page of this website for some areas in the county where you are likely to see an elk.
“Each Spring thousands of redbuds bloom along Hal Rogers Parkway providing a breathtaking drive into the “Redbud Capital of Kentucky.”