Visit, Stay, Explore
You are as welcome as the flowers in May! — June Buchanan, Co-Founder
Visitors are always welcome on Caney Creek!
Visitors to our campus will find easy access to our Guest Parking Area and should feel free to make their way to the June Buchanan Alumni Center (located directly across the street from the Guest Parking Area) for guidance and information. Please be advised that the speed limit through our campus is 10 m.p.h. and that traffic will be one-way all day, Monday through Friday. If spaces are not available in the Guest Parking Area, please visit the Pippa Passes Police Department (located on campus near Carrick Dorm) for a temporary parking sticker to avoid being ticketed.
Alice Lloyd College is located in Pippa Passes, which is in Knott County, Kentucky. Pippa Passes (so named by Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan after Robert Browning’s dramatic poem of the same name) is about 150 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, and 120 miles southwest of Huntington, West Virginia. The campus is about ten miles off Highway 80, between Hazard and Prestonsburg. Pippa Passes is very near Hindman, KY, which has a rich tradition in the arts and has become a haven for artists from all over Appalachia with its Appalachian Artisan Center and the Hindman Settlement School. Pulitzer-prize winning author James Still, poet Albert Stewart, and much-beloved writer Verna Mae Slone all made their home in Knott County.
The ALC campus, which occupies land on both sides of peaceful Caney Creek, is unique among institutions of higher learning. Steep, wooded mountains rise from the creek and much of the 225-acre campus includes mountain slopes with many buildings set into the hillsides. Some buildings are early student-built wood and stone structures. Most have been renovated to provide modern functional interiors. Other facilities are modern stone and wooden structures whose architecture blends harmoniously with the rest of the campus.
Mountain ranges surrounding the College provide sensational beauty, especially in the spring and autumn. Outstanding recreational sites have been developed within a 50-mile radius of the College: Daniel Boone National Forest, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Jenny Wiley and Kingdom Come State Parks, as well as several community parks. The Carr Fork Lake was completed and opened to the public in 1976. Located only twelve miles from the College, opportunities are provided for boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, and other types of outdoor recreation.
Ways to Visit
The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn:
God’s in his heaven —
All’s right with the world!
—- Robert Browning, “Pippa’s Song” from Pippa Passes
Select the category that best applies to you for helpful details on visiting our campus.
Getting to our campus is half the fun! First of all, do not rely on your GPS. We are an easily accessible campus, but finding us can prove to be a challenge for many visitors. Please refer to the Google Maps embedded below to find the best driving route. If needed, we will be glad to send you the best driving instructions or guide you in from a nearby town or city.
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Until you have a chance to come for a personal visit, you might want to take our “virtual tour” below.
Alice Lloyd College’s campus is unique among institutions of higher learning. It occupies land on both sides of the usually quiet-flowing Caney Creek. Steep wooded mountains rise from the creek, and much of the 175-acre campus rambles along the mountain’s edge, with many buildings actually set into hillsides. The total effect is a naturally beautiful campus in the heart of Appalachia. The map below will help you get oriented once you arrive on campus. To enlarge the map, simply click on the image.