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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Palisades
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Harrodsburg, KY
1 mile looped trail, Trailhead #3, follow Kentucky River floodplain, view High Bridge and Shaker building foundations, rated easy
Panoramic View Trail #528
Daniel Boone National Forest Stearns Ranger District
Whitley City, KY
.55 mile trail, trail starts at Great Gulf Overlook parking lot, ends at the scenic overlook, good variety of wildlife and wildflowers depending on season, dirt surface, rated...
Parkers Mountain Trail #634
Daniel Boone National Forest Stearns Ranger District
Whitley City, KY
2.4 mile linear trail, trailhead located on Forest Rd. 562, ends at Forest Rd. 137, follows ridge for 1 mi before descending 600 ft to Rock Creek, dirt surface, moderate diffi...
Pat's Loop
Green River Lake State Park
Campbellsville, KY
1 mile, loop, spur off Marina Main Trail, moderate
Path to Boat Dock and Marina
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Prestonsburg, KY
.1 mile path, takes visitors from lodge to dock/marina
Paved Bike and Hike Trail
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Lucas, KY
2.5 mile looped trail with an asphalt surface, the trail would be rated easy-moderate with a few strenous hills, gorgeous views of gold course, horses, bridges, streams, as we...
Pebble Beach 237
Red River Gorge Geological Area
Stanton, KY
Trail leading to a climbing area
Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve Trails
Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve
Slade, KY
Trail system developed by Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition and volunteers, hiking and mountain biking
Pennyrile Nature Trail
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Dawson Springs, KY
13.5 mile linear trail, stretches to Tradewater River and Dawson Springs, trailhead located in the middle of Indian Bluff trail, winds north along several bluffs with scenic o...
Pennyrile State Forest Trail System
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Dawson Springs, KY
Approx. 40 miles of trails, trail mileage and conditions may change depending on active work sites within the forest, open to hikers and horseback riders, accessed via Pennyri...
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