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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Abbott Meadow Loop
Morgan Conservation Park
La Grange, KY
.5 miles, accessed from Primary loop, circles an open area for Habitat Restoration
Access Trail
Morgan Conservation Park
La Grange, KY
.5 miles, leads from parking to Primary Loop
Lexington, KY
.33 mile, paved, 8.4 acre park, outdoor recreation facilities
Adkisson Greenbelt
Adkisson Greenbelt Park
Owensboro, KY
14.5 miles, paved, open to hikers and bikers.
Advanced Loop 4
England-Idlewild Park
Burlington, KY
6 miles, partially open, designed as a momentum loop, high speeds, short uphills and downhills, boardwalks, bridges, incline bridge
Alpine Loop Trail #520
Daniel Boone National Forest Stearns Ranger District
Whitley City, KY
1 mile looped trail, trailhead located at the picnic area in Alpine Recreation Area, passes old Alpine pumphouse, travels along old railroad grade, dirt surface, easy rating
Alpine Spur #520A
Daniel Boone National Forest Stearns Ranger District
Whitley City, KY
.3 mile, begins off of Alpine Loop, travels around mountain and returns to old road, dirt surface and easy rating
Daniel Boone National Forest London Ranger District
London, KY
Anderson Trail
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Harrodsburg, KY
3 mile looped trail, Trailhead #1, turf trail through gently rolling hills, country side views
Anderson Woodland Trail
Old Kuttawa Recreation Area
Kuttawa, KY
.5 mile trail, good chances to view wildlife in a natural setting, views of Lake Barkley
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