Hiking Trails

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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Fern Garden Trail
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Pineville, KY
Both entrances to the trail are remote and begin on Living Stairway Trail. This route offers hikers the opportunity to explore the variations of plant communities and habitat...
The Fern Trail
Saunders Springs Nature Preserve
Radcliff, KY
.2 miles, somewhat circular, runs along stream, 4 types of native ferns may be seen along trail
Fern Valley Self Guided Interpretive Trail
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenup, KY
The Fern Valley trail follows a hillside maintenance trail then winds thru a valley and returns you back to where you started. The trail is fairly easy walking with steep are...
Fire Tower Loop
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
Clermont, KY
.5 mile, accessed from Forest Hill Dr.,
First Creek Hollow Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave, KY
6.7 miles, begins at Temple Hill trailhead
Fishing Point
Daniel Boone National Forest London Ranger District
London, KY
1.2 miles, trailhead at C-loop parking lot of Grove campground, looped trail provides access to lake, moderate difficulty
Fitness Trail
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
Louisville, KY
1 mile, crushed limestone, level grade, 10 exercise stations,
Fitness Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Middlesboro, KY
2 mile loop, begins near visitor center, easy-moderate
Flat Rock Ridge
Daniel Boone National Forest Stearns Ranger District
Whitley City, KY
1.86 mile looped trail, follows pine ridge for most of trail, area of sandstone "step-up" rocks, dirt surface, rated moderate difficulty
Flats Trail
Beckley Creek Park
Louisville, KY
A short trail through the riparian forest from the Flats Picnic Grove to Floyds Flats, a unique area of the Fork characterized by smooth, limestone bedrock.
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