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Hiking in Kentucky

Whether you’ve got your sights set on a quick loop or a multi-day backpacking adventure, you’ll find hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails in Kentucky. Discover the green pastures and rolling hills of Horse Country. Hike past rushing rivers, majestic rock formations and crashing waterfalls in Daniel Boone Country. Stroll along the calm expanses of Cave Run Lake and other beautiful bodies of water. Trek to the heights of the Appalachian Mountains, then explore the subterranean depths of Mammoth Cave National Park and other Kentucky caves. 

Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is Kentucky's longest hiking trail, stretching over 280 miles through the Daniel Boone National Forest. Once complete, the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail will total 120 miles along the crest of scenic Pine Mountain, making up one portion of the Great Eastern Trail that spans nine states. Find more trails, outfitters and trip inspiration below, and start getting excited to explore Kentucky on foot.

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