From Barbourville, it's roughly 65 miles (105 kilometers) to the south to Knoxville and 90 miles (145 kilometers) to the northwest to Lexington.
It's a missed chance if you limit your sightseeing to the points of interest in Barbourville because the surrounding region has been endowed with a treasure-trove of terrific natural and man-made attractions. If you're keen to explore more of the area, head 13 miles (21 kilometers) where you'll find Corbin. Here you can spend an hour or two visiting the The Arena at SE KY Agricultural and Expo Complex and Laurel River Lake.
When you are ready to venture further afield why not visit the nearest center. Knoxville lays 65 miles (105 kilometers) away and is home to attractions like Ijams Nature Center, East Tennessee History Center and Ramsey House Plantation. Knoxville has a lot to offer those happy to linger. Sunsphere Tower, Knoxville Zoological Gardens and Clarence Brown Theatre are some of the other sights not to miss.
For those who love the water, this is the perfect place to visit. Fishing is popular with locals and tourists and another great activity is boating.
When planning your holiday to Barbourville, keep in mind that the handiest major airport, McGhee Tyson Airport, is situated in in Knoxville, 75 miles (121 kilometers) to the south.