Ashland, KY is located on the banks of the Ohio River, surrounded by rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ashland offers many recreational and cultural opportunities with a small-town ambiance. Throughout the year, Ashland offers a pleasing blend of history, culture, scenic venues, outdoor recreation and annual festivals, guaranteed to provide you with true southern hospitality! Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Ironton, OH form a vibrant metropolitan Tri-State area of more than 300,000 people, making this area not only culturally alive, but also culturally diverse.
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Being on the shore of the Ohio, it's no surprise that many outdoor activities in Ashland revolve around the water. Nearby scenic locales Carter Caves State Park, Greenbo Lake State Park, Yatesville Lake State Park and Ohio's Lake Vesuvius Recreational Area abound with opportunities to enjoy boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping or hiking.
Additionally, Ashland has numerous 18-hole golf courses and one of the best tennis centers in the Bluegrass State. Residents are fortunate to be able to enjoy an afternoon or evening at one of the city's fine restaurants or attend a performance at the downtown Paramount Arts Center followed by a relaxing stroll through the park or along the riverfront.
There are seven public schools and two private schools in Ashland. Public schools are operated by the Ashland Independent School District. Ashland has five public elementary schools, Hager Elementary, Oakview Elementary, Crabbe Elementary School, Poage Elementary, and Charles Russell Elementary. There is one public middle school, Ashland Middle School and one public high school, Paul G. Blazer High School. The two private schools serving the Ashland area are Holy Family School and Rose Hill Christian School. Post-secondary educational opportunities include Ashland Community and Technical College which has multiple campuses. Morehead State University also has a satellite campus located in Ashland.