Whatever your interest or passion, we invite you to use this guide to help you plan your stay in Kentucky.
Explore the many multicultural tourism opportunities in Kentucky, learning about the state’s diverse cultural, heritage and travel attractions in this guide.
Learn about Kentucky's natural diversity and beauty. Come explore the wonder of the Commonwealth's four major regions.

Natural Attractions of Kentucky

Eagle FallsFrom the mammoth caves and lakes of western Kentucky to horse and bourbon country’s rolling hills and the Appalachian Mountains scenic beauty in the east, Kentucky is full of breathtaking natural attractions worth experiencing.

You’ll find the longest cave system in the world (367 miles) at Mammoth Cave National Park. The Land Between the Lakes features more than 170,000 acres and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Cumberland Falls State Park is the home to spectacular Kentucky waterfalls as well as the famous "moon bow."

And don’t miss the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Red River Gorge and dozens of lakes, preserves, Kentucky hiking trails and more.

When you’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday routine, experience the adventure and beauty of Kentucky’s natural attractions.

 

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Stearns, KY
www.bsfsry.com
Take a train ride through the scenic mountains of Southern Kentucky and stop at the historic  Blue heron Mining Camp. The Big South Fork Scenic Railway takes a 16 mi...
Winchester, KY
www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone
The Daniel Boone National Forest maintains over 706,000 acres in 21 counties of eastern Kentucky, stretching from Morehead to the Tennessee border. More than 600 miles of road...
Georgetown, KY
www.scottcountymuseum.org
Downtown Georgetown. This is where it all began: Georgetown was founded here in 1786; the colorful Reverend Elijah Craig (a man with his own ideas about spirits and spirituali...
Gilbertsville, KY
www.kentuckylake.org
Spanning the western portion of Tennessee and southwest Kentucky, the lake is 184 miles long, has 2,380 miles of shoreline, and 160,300 surface acres of water at summer water ...
Grand Rivers, KY
www.lrn.usace.army.mil/op/bar/rec
Bordering TVA's Land Between the Lakes Rec. Area in the rolling hills of southwest Kentucky and north central Tennessee, this lake offers waterfowl hunting, fishing, nature tr...
Somerset, KY
www.lrn.usace.army.mil/op/wol/rec
Lake Cumberland is the second largest lake in the Cumberland River system. The lake provides varied outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Becaus...
Jamestown, KY
parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-cumberland/
At Lake Cumberland State Resort Park explore the miles of wooded shoreline, enjoy disc golf, horseback riding, swimming and exercise in the indoor pool complex or relax in pea...
Frankfort, KY
www.frankfortparksandrec.com
Visitors may walk to the park from downtown Frankfort.  The trail begins directly behind the Capital Plaza tower. The trail is a 19th century road virtually unchanged in ...
Mammoth Cave, KY
www.nps.gov/maca
Mammoth Cave National Park is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the United States, second only to Niagara Falls, NY.  The park was established to preserve and...
Horse Cave, KY
www.kdu.com
The leisurely 45 minute Cave Tour features stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations created by water and time to effect an incredibly beautiful underworld scene. Althoug...
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