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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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Slade, KY
19 miles of trails, 60 acre lake for paddling & fishing, lodge, tent & RV campgrounds, Natural Bridge sandstone arch, skylift, paddling on nearby Red River, located in the Red...
Leitchfield, KY
Nolin River Lake WMA provides 6,456 acres of hiking, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor pursuits for just about anyone.
Hickman, KY
4,258 acres, seperated into numerous tracts, mostly wetlands, Letourneau tract hardwood forests
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3,300 acres over 22 islands in Ohio River, address and contact info is for NWR office in W.V., 2 islands are in Kentucky, all are accessible by boat, open to hunting and fishi...
Smithland, KY
1,264 acres, spread over three main islands, wetland Islands, waterfowl refuge, fishing in Ohio River
Brandenburg, KY
2,221 acres, public hunting, 24 miles of trails for hiking, 12 miles of biking & 12 miles of horse trails, gun & archery range, fishing in Otter Creek, permanent orienteering ...
Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre Paintsville Lake, 32 developed and 10 primitive sites, RV sites, fishing for numerous species, horseback riding available on one of the forest fire access roads but...
Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre lake, 57 miles of shoreline, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback on forest access roads, hiking at state park
Owensboro, KY
Wetlands and wooded areas, 7 trails, Panter Creek and Clear Creek flow through park, good numbers of wildlife, numerous attractions
Louisville, KY
4 parks in the system: Beckley, Pope Lick, Turkey Run & Broad Run, Parklands will be integral component of the Louisville Loop, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, gardens and ...
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