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Middlesboro - Pineville - Bell County Tourism Commission

Located in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky, the Cumberland Gap was the “First Gateway to the West”. Virtually millions of people have ties to the Cumberland Gap because their ancestors ventured through that “Gap” for a richer, brighter future. Middlesborough was and continues to be the retail center of the Tri-State area of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Pineville is the county seat of Bell County and is a much older town than Middlesborough; it was a stagecoach stop along the Wilderness Road.

The Middlesborough/Pineville/Bell County Tourism Commission is a joint city/county tourism commission dedicated to promoting travel and tourism in our cities and entire county. The Commission consists of seven board members from different aspects of the tourism industry and we are ruled by Kentucky Revised Statutes as to who these members can be. The Commission is funded by a 3% transient room tax; not local taxpayer's funds. If someone stays overnight in any lodging facility in the county, a 3% tax is collected and sent to our commission for the purposes of hiring staff and marketing our local area through various media advertising.

Bell County has many attractions, lodging, restaurants and small meeting facilities for all needs. Please enter our website at or contact our office at 800-988-1075 or 606-248-2482, or email at tourism+maountaingateway+com for more information.

Remember, “One visit and you'll agree, Bell County is the place to be”!