Are you ready to get off the beaten path? You've come to the right state. You'll find hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails in Kentucky ranging from bluegrass countryside and Appalachian Mountain landscapes to vast national forests and over 50 state parks.
Discover the green pastures and rolling hills of Horse Country. Trek through the mountainous terrain of the Appalachian foothills in Eastern Kentucky. Explore Kentucky caves and uncover unique rock formations in Cave Country, or search the Daniel Boone wilderness for amazing scenic views and hidden Kentucky waterfalls. Trails like the Sheltowee Trace and Pine Mountain Trail highlight the impressive lineup of hiking trails in Kentucky. The Sheltowee Trace stretches 280 miles from Pickett State Park in Tennessee, north through the Daniel Boone National Forest to its northern terminus above Cave Run Lake. It provides great opportunities for backpacking and through hiking, as well as plenty of access for those looking for shorter trips. The Pine Mountain Trail will extend along Kentucky's southeastern border from Cumberland Gap National Park through Breaks Interstate Park. The Pine Mountain Trail will also be part of the Great Eastern Trail, a north-south trail running parallel with the popular Appalachian Trail. There's virtually no end to the magnificent hiking in Kentucky.
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9.5 miles, trailhead at S-Creek campground at junction of FDR 431 and 20, ends at US 421, realtively smooth surface with some rocky areas and mud, this section of trail is par...
8.7 miles, begins at Maple Springs trailhead,
Moderate .25 mile – Saltess Trail is a steady climb from the Trail’s start where the Little Shepherd Trail and the Park’s Main Road join until you meet with Groundhog Trail an...
0.1 mile, Sand Cave trailhead Highway 255
Our most challenging trail, Sand Gap requires 4-6 hours to complete. There are no shortcuts once you’ve started, so allow adequate time to make this trip before dark. Sand Ga...
.75 mile, entrance is near campground off of KY 302, easy trail for any age group, pass many interesting species of plants.Click here to download and print the Sassafras Trail...
1 mile, spur off Marina Main Trail, moderate
.22 mile, diverges from Wilderness Lake Trail at CCC shelter, good view of lake from above
.8 miles, begins at KY 3497, ends at overlooks, most of trail follows cliff line, overlooks provide excellent views of Lake Cumberland, easy to moderate difficulty
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