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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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Dawson Springs, KY
.25 mile linear trail, trailhead located near lodge parking area, moderately steep climb at beginning levels off for comfortable walking, native oak-hickory trees, trail passe...
Whitley City, KY
1.65 mile linear trail, trailhead across from Stampede Run Horse Camp, follows pine ridge and descends to Indian Creek, dirt surface, moderate difficulty rating
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Clermont, KY
1.5 miles, accessed from Forest Hill Dr.,
Cumberland, KY
Difficult .6 mile – Walk around the Lake from the Gift Shop and follow the service road on the other side pass the Dam to find the start of Ivy Trail. The steady climb of thi...
Clermont, KY
1.5 miles, accessed from Forest Hill Dr.,
Elizabethtown, KY
This 1/2 mile gentle walking trail is located behind the Elizabethtown Pritchard Community Center on South Mulberry Street. It runs generally from the S. Mulberry Street brid...
Lexington, KY
Park in lexington with walking/hiking trails, mostly paved, dog park, small lake with bank fishing, paddle boat rentals, shelters and other ammenities
Hopkinsville, KY
Located near downtown Hopkinsville, this educational garden and environmental center offers three miles of trails that wind through acres of woodlands and streams. Jeffers Ben...
Prestonsburg, KY
4.5 miles, entrance near cottage 123, strenuous backpacking trail, enjoy totally immersing yourself in the appalachian terrain, not recommended for solo hikers
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