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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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Middlesboro, KY
1.5 mile guided tour, tour takes 2 hours, moderately strenuous, stalagmites and flowstone cascades, tour includes 1 mile hike along Wilderness Road (2.5 total), proper footwea...
Lexington, KY
.5 mile, paved, 7.25 acre park, outdoor/sport recreational facilities
Stearns, KY
.4 miles, moderately steep, leads down to Gentlemens Swimming Hole, small waterfall & WItches Cave on this trail


Elkhorn City, KY
.35 mile, self guided trail, interesting geological formations and faults along trail, travels beneath what was once water line for an inland sea, frequent grade changes, smoo...
Middlesboro, KY
5 mile, trailhead located near Wilderness Road Campground, ends at intersection with Ridge Trail, strenuous, access near Wilderness Road campground
Whitley City, KY
2.2 mile linear trail, trail ascends from Rock Creek until it reaches cliffline, Gobblers arch is a sandstone arch nearly 12 ft tall with a base of 50 ft, combine with Mark B...
Golden Pond, KY
Elk viewing is the fastest growing tourism attraction in the nation and the impressive Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a spectacular way to view elk and bis...
Mammoth Cave, KY
7.9 miles, begins at Maple Springs trailhead
London, KY
3.3 miles, looped, begins at trailhead parking lot, trail is for intermediate drivers, sharp turns, steep hills
Louisville, KY
A 1.25 mile loop trail. The Goose Creek Nature trail leads you through grassy meadows, forested woodlands, and by a riparian area near the Goose Creek. Wildlife is abundant ...
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