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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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Pikeville, KY
1,131 acre lake, fish species incude- black bass, crapppie, all 3 major catfish varieties, and striped bass, opportunities for hiking, horseback trails are currently being wor...
Pikeville, KY
14 mile horseback trail open to horse riders and hikers, 30 miles of trails open to ATV use by mobility impaired hunters, campground at Grapevine Area, boat launch ramp
Flemingsburg, KY
1907 acres, open to statewide hunting seasons, hiking & horseback trails on wma, small pond with carry down ramp
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Richmond, KY
153 acre park, borders Kentucky River, boat access ramps, 167 site campground, working fort with demonstrations, Kentucky River Walk Trail
Hopkinsville, KY
36,113 acres, gently rolling to steep and hilly terrain, good forest and farm habitats, 2 lakes, trout stream, special hunting and fishing regulations/permits
Fort Knox, KY
Active Military Reservation, 108,618 acres about 60% open to hunting, special regulations for access and hunting, contact the hunt control office for more information
Pineville, KY
1,358 acres, Bell County, Mostly forested land with some reclaimed mine sites, steep and rugged, opportunities to hunt deer, turkey and small game.
Olive Hill, KY
1,512 acre park, 1,500 acre lake, 3.8 miles of hiking split among 2 trails, 71 campsites, boat ramps, marina located 3 miles from park on lake, 18 hole golf course,
Grayson, KY
1,510 acre lake, variety of game species, hunting, 22 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty, 9 miles of horse trails
Louisville, KY
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