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Hiking Trails

Are you ready to get off the beaten path? You've come to the right state. You'll find hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails in Kentucky ranging from bluegrass countryside and Appalachian Mountain landscapes to vast national forests and over 50 state parks.

Discover the green pastures and rolling hills of Horse Country. Trek through the mountainous terrain of the Appalachian foothills in Eastern Kentucky. Explore Kentucky caves and uncover unique rock formations in Cave Country, or search the Daniel Boone wilderness for amazing scenic views and hidden Kentucky waterfalls. Trails like the Sheltowee Trace and Pine Mountain Trail highlight the impressive lineup of hiking trails in Kentucky. The Sheltowee Trace stretches 280 miles from Pickett State Park in Tennessee, north through the Daniel Boone National Forest to its northern terminus above Cave Run Lake. It provides great opportunities for backpacking and through hiking, as well as plenty of access for those looking for shorter trips. The Pine Mountain Trail will extend along Kentucky's southeastern border from Cumberland Gap National Park through Breaks Interstate Park. The Pine Mountain Trail will also be part of the Great Eastern Trail, a north-south trail running parallel with the popular Appalachian Trail. There's virtually no end to the magnificent hiking in Kentucky.

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Henderson, KY
.5 mile, begins with Museum Trail, Coffee Tree Trail breaks off to the right into lush valley, trail ends on hilltop, hikers may make loop with woodpecker trail, trail is hill...
Carrollton, KY
1 mile, connects the park's archery range to the Lock on Kentucky River, will be incorporated into Park to Park project, open to hikers and bikers.
Stearns, KY
19 miles, connects with John Muir Trail, ends at Sheltowee Trace, Yamacraw Bridge, Catawba Overlook
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Henderson, KY
.3 mile, begins at set of steps off main office parking lot, trail winds and joins Warbler Rd., relatively easy
Cumberland, KY
5 miles of mountain terrain, individual trails are 1/8-7/8 miles long, may be hiked in combination
Lexington, KY
.75 mile, 32 acre park, outdoor sport facilities
Olive Hill, KY
multi use trail that passes the mature hardwood of Tygart State Forest, the scenic Smoky Creek valley and old home places in Kiser Hollow. This trail is steep and rocky in pl...
Staffordsville, KY
1.6 mile trail, rated easy, plenty scenic views of lake, located across from administration building at the Mountain Home Place, wildlife viewing is also possible
Whitley City, KY
.5 mile linear trail, trailhead at Country Rd. 582, ends at Sheltowee Trace section 35, leads to Koger Arch, easy difficulty
Stanton, KY
A relatively easy and primarily ridgetop hike that connects with Buck Trail, Rough Trail and Hidden Arch Trail.
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