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Kentucky Wildlife & Nature

See Kentucky Elk, Old Growth Forests & More!

Want to go on safari, but only have a few days?  Head to the “wilds” of Kentucky.  Visitors can embark on Kentucky wildlife tours and watch the Eastern Kentucky elk herd, the largest herd in America east of the Rockies, in their natural habitat, or view old growth forests that predate the arrival of the pilgrims in the area.

Kentucky Wildlife Management Areas, Kentucky Nature Preserves, National Forest and State and National Parks are great places to commune with nature and our native Kentucky wildlife. Each park offers the chance to catch views of area wildlife and learn about local game and fish conservation efforts.

The list of wildlife viewing destinations below includes forests, parks, wildlife management areas and other places to get out in the field for sightings, education and adventure. For the sportsmen, there are also plenty of opportunities for hunting in KY. Plan your next Kentucky nature adventure and experience the true outdoors!

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houseboating capital of the world
Russell Springs, KY
Full service Alligator II marina, boat launch, boat rentals, cabin rentals, lakeside cabins, 16 primitive lakeside campsites, full service KOA campground 1 mile from marina
Jamestown, KY
Lake Cumberland, Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Kentucky Pedal & Paddle.
Louisville, KY
6,218 acres, 35 miles of trails for hiking, 12 miles open to horseback riding, fishing at 5.5 acre Tom Wallace Lake, camping


Whitesburg, KY
857 acres in Kentucky, Letcher & Pike counties, steep terrain, camping available in some locations, check with USFS before camping
Prestonsburg, KY
Biking, hiking trails, 1150 acre Dewey Lake, pontoon boat rentals at boat dock, boat slips for rent, camping, cabins, some managed quota hunts
Greenup, KY
714 acre nature preserve, 3.01 mile trail, environmental education opportunities
James Kleber shooting range
Owenton, KY
2,334 acres, check current Hunting Guide for hunting regulations, 3 mile out and back trail open to horses and hikers, single projectile shooting range, pond and creeks for fi...
Bardstown, KY
668 acres, open to statewide regulations, closed for deer modern rifle, fishing in Beech Fork, over 70 birds have been surveyed on area
Henderson, KY
708 acre park, 28 acre fishing lake, 12 acre lake located in nature preserve, 6.5 miles of trails,
Princeton, KY
1,999 acres, mostly forested with hilly terrain, scenic overlook, bow & rifle ranges, interpretive hiking trail,
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