Kentucky

Kentucky is best known for it's rolling green grass hills that gave birth to Bluegrass music and bourbon distilling. The limestone karst topography that underlies the hills and knobs of this unique landscape hold a bigger secret found in Mammoth Caves National Park, the world's longest subterranean cave system. With a little over 400 miles currently surveyed, Mammoth Caves is one of the easiest caves systems to explore as the park features over 14 miles of established trails.

Top Adventures in Kentucky

  • Hike the Indian Staircase Loop and Cloudsplitter

    Starting at the Bison Way Trailhead #210. You'll take this until you come to the intersection of the Sheltowee Trace Trail #100. Go left. You're going to turn right on the unmarked trail just past the sign that says stay on trail. This is quite th...

    10 miles

  • Explore the Lookout from Chained Rock

    Located just north of the Cumberland Gap, Chained Rock is a local landform made unique by a long slung chain that comes with a tall tale of it's creation. According to legend the rock pinnacle overlooking the Cumberland River valley struck fear in...

  • Hike the Pinnacles in Berea

    This is a trip with multiple sites to visit over the course of a day. Visiting all five would equal around 5 miles, or you can choose to only go to one, as there are some slightly strenuous hills.The most visited is the Main Lookout, and the West ...

    5 miles 523 ft gain

  • Hike to Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock

    This popular hike begins near the state park gift shop and has options to continue to other trails at multiple points. The first .75 miles, starting at about 800 feet, is the hike up to the Natural Bridge. This portion of the hike contains basical...

    2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike to Courthouse Rock and Double Arch

    Start at the trailhead located just past the Gray's Arch picnic area. Follow Auxier Ridge Trail #204 (white diamonds). You will pass a trail junction at 0.9 miles, but continue on Auxier Ridge. At the following fork in the trail keep right.Along t...

    6.1 miles

  • Hike to Gray's Arch

    The trail approaches the arch through a ravine, passing by cliffs, dense forest, and a stream (Kings Branch) en route.

    3.3 miles

  • Hike to Whittleton Arch

    Starting from the Whittleton Campground, you will follow along a stream until reaching the Whittleton Arch Trail at 0.75 miles. Turn right to reach the arch. It is also worth noting that this is the only pet friendly trail in the park. You can add...

    2 miles 280 ft gain

  • Hike the Auxier Ridge Trail, KY

    This can be done as a quick hike, or as an overnighter so you can catch both sunset and sunrise.  Park at the Auxier Ridge Trailhead and take the Auxier Ridge Trail (#204).  Do NOT take the branch on the left for the Courthouse Rock Trail (#202), ...

    4 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Hike to Lick Falls

    The Grayson Lake State Park has two trails – the Lick Falls Loop Trail, and the 0.8 mile Beech-Hemlock Forest Trail. Lick Falls is best done after a rain, to make sure the falls are flowing. A trail map of the park can be found here.

    3 miles

  • Camp at Miguel's Pizza

    The Red River Gorge is known for the best rock climbing in the east. A man named Miguel opened a pizzeria in the gorge, and soon began letting climbers camp behind the restaurant for a mere $2/night. Today, the tradition has continued, and dozens ...

  • Hike to Eagle Falls, Cumberland Falls SRP

    Rated easy to moderate, this hike does have lots of stairs. Rated easy to moderate, this hike does have lots of stairs. Along the way to Eagle Falls you will pass one of the best views of Cumberland Falls. Part of the lower trail may at times be m...

    1.9 miles 541 ft gain

  • Backpack Chimney Top Loop

    Start out on Koomer Ridge Trail to see Hidden Arch. You will then head into the Right Fork Chimney Top Creek watershed, where you'll spend the night. The next day, hike along Buck Ridge to Sheltowee Trace Trail. Gray's Arch is located off of this ...

    10.7 miles 40 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Bowling Green Koa

    • Brandenburg, Kentucky

      Southern Grace Bed And Breakfast

      At Southern Grace, you will find crystal chandeliers, leaded glass, splendorous 23-foot ceilings, and century-year-old antiques … sitting on a farm with alpacas, cows, goats, ducks, and chickens re...

      From $169/night

    • Buckhorn, Kentucky

      Buckhorn Campground

      Overview Buckhorn Campground on Buckhorn Lake, provides the perfect outdoor escape in eastern Kentucky's lush Cumberland Plateau.The campground is packed with activities to entertain all ages, incl...

    • Cadiz, Kentucky

      Cadiz

      Overview Cadiz Park is located on the beautiful Lake Barkley near the town of Cadiz, Kentucky. The day-use area is a great spot for barbecuing, boating and fishing. Fun fact: the largest yellow ba...

    • Cadiz, Kentucky

      Linton

      Overview Linton Recreation area is a day-use haven that sits on Lake Barkley near wooded rolling hills and abundant wildlife. Whether it's a gathering of family or friends, visitors can enjoy the t...

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