Originally settled in 1798 by Thomas Hansford, Somerset lies near the banks of the Cumberland River in Kentucky’s Pulaski County. It flourished in the late 19th century following the arrival of the Southern Railroad and became a popular recreational hub with the creation of Lake Cumberland in 1950.
Things to do in Somerset
One of Somerset’s most unique attractions is the International Paranormal Museum, which forms part of the John Sherman Cooper Community Arts Center. It’s a great place to visit if you’re fascinated by ghosts or aliens, as well as unique animals that aren’t recognised by science. Read about reported sightings of UFOS and “Bigfoot”, an ape-like cryptid said to inhabit North America’s forests.
If you’re visiting in the summer months, you can cool off at SomerSplash Waterpark with its slides and pools that suit all ages. Experience the giant wave pool and ride the Lazy River or race your family and friends down the Speed Slide. There are a handful of concessions at the waterpark where you can dine on burgers, hot dogs and nachos throughout the day.
South-west of Somerset is Lake Cumberland, which at 265 square kilometres is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It’s a popular destination for boating and fishing, with rainbow trout, sturgeon and walleye all caught here. Combined your visit to Lake Cumberland with a stop at the Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, which preserves the site of a Civil War battle.
Getting around Somerset
Somerset is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Lexington and Blue Grass Airport, which has flights to destinations across the United States. The much larger Louisville International Airport is just over two hours away. Long-distance buses connect to Somerset, although renting a car will give you greater freedom to explore the area.