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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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Pineville, KY
A determined effort up a series of switchbacks will take hardy adventurers to an overlook at the top of this prominence called Poff Hill. Once there, hikers are rewarded with...
Whitley City, KY
1 mile looped trail, trailhead located at Natural Arch parking area and runs along paved pathway to base of arch, dirt surface, moderate difficulty


Olive Hill, KY
Impressive limestone natural bridge is one of the landmarks of the area and may be considered unique in Kentucky; it is the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a pav...
Cumberland, KY
Difficult .9 mile – The only other trail on the Park besides Log Rock which both ends can be accessed from roads or parking areas is also the most difficult trail on the Park....
London, KY
1.8 mile trail, begins on Ky 3497, trail drops 300 ft through gorge, several stream crossings, large beech and buckeye trees found near end of trail, ends at Rockcastle campgr...
Whitley City, KY
2.75 linear trail, trailheaad located at KY 700, trail ends at Sheltowee Trace section 33, travel over carved steps in cliff, cross a number of streams with stepping stones, r...
Whitley City, KY
3.3 mile linear trail, follows ridge line, dirt surface, difficulty rating easy
Golden Pond, KY
58 miles, moderate-strenuous, 200 foot elevation change, spans entire length of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, rugged, hilly in North to smooth in South, als...
Campbellsville, KY
2 miles, begins near office, travels north-northeat, divides into 3 trails at end, rated easy
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