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Trail Towns

Kentucky Trail Towns

Thousands of miles of trails and waterways criss-cross Kentucky, offering endless opportunities for long-distance adventures and day trips alike. Along these trails, numerous communities have been designated as Kentucky Trail Towns – places where you can find supplies and guides, lodging, a hearty meal and a friendly hello during your travels.

Trail Towns can be found near Kentucky’s most popular outdoor sites, such as Red River Gorge and Mammoth Cave National Park. The quaint college town of Berea makes an ideal entrance to the stunning Pinnacle Trails. Perched on the banks of the Russell Fork River, Elkhorn City is the perfect place to hire a whitewater paddling guide or hop on the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail. Other must-visit towns include Dawson Springs in Western Kentucky, the state’s first certified Trail Town, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky's first self-declared Urban Trail Town.

The outdoor offerings are only part of the story of Kentucky Trail Towns. Once you finish your hike or get off the water, these communities offer some of the most authentic dining, independent shops, craft breweries and entertainment venues you’ll find in the Bluegrass State.

Click here to view the official Kentucky Trail Towns Guide.


Explore the Trail Towns

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Dawson Springs (Trail Town)

200 West Arcadia Ave
Dawson Springs, KY 42408

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Livingston (Trail Town)

Main Street
Livingston, KY 40445

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Morehead (Trail Town)

150 E 1st Street
Morehead, KY 40351

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Olive Hill Trail Town Inc.

140 Railroad Street
P.O. Box 54

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London (Trail Town)

140 Faith Assembly Church Rd
London, KY 40741

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Stearns (Trail Town)

300 Wilburn K. Ross Hwy
Stearns, KY 42647

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Elkhorn City (Trail Town)

395 Patty Loveless Drive
Elkhorn City, KY 41522

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Jamestown (Trail Town)

112 N Main Street
Jamestown, KY 42629

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Manchester (Trail Town)

212 Main Street
Manchester, KY 40962

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Harlan Tri-Cities (Trail Town)

506 W. Main Street
Cumberland, KY 40823

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Berea (Trail Town)

3 Artist Circle
Berea, KY 40403

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Columbia (Trail Town)

201 Burkesville St
Columbia, KY 42728

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Royalton (Trail Town)

Hwy 7 Licking River Rd.
Royalton, KY 41465

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Slade (Trail Town)

30 L & E Railroad Place
Slade, KY 40376

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McKee (Trail Town)

526 Main Street
McKee, KY 40447

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Munfordville (Trail Town)

113 Main Street
Munfordville, KY 42765

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Cave City/Horse Cave (Trail Town)

I-65 Mile Marker 60
Horse Cave, KY 42749

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Campbellsville (Trail Town)

110 S Columbia Ave Ste. B
Campbellsville, KY 42718

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Estill Twin Cities (Trail Town)

177 Broadway
Irvine, KY 40336

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Hazard (Trail Town)

947 Perry Park Rd
Hazard, KY 41701

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Brownsville (Trail Town)

121 Washington Street
Brownsville, KY 42101

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Elizabethtown Tourism

1030 N Mulberry St
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

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Morgantown (Trail Town)

117 N Main Street
Morgantown, KY 42261

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Park City (Ky Trail Town)

41 Mammoth Cave Street
PO Box 23
Park City, KY 42160

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Livermore (Trail Town)

PO Box 279
Livermore, KY 42352

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Burkesville (Trail Town)

Upper River St
Burkesville, KY 42717

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Hyden (Trail Town)

60 Dryhill Rd
Hyden, KY 41749

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Liberty (Trail Town)

518 Middleburg St
Liberty, KY 42539

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