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Looking for the best running in Kentucky? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Kentucky. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Running Spots in and near Kentucky

  • Slade, Kentucky

    Hike to Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock

    2 mi / 400 ft gain
    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 basically all of the increase in elevation. As you hike u...
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  • West Point, Kentucky

    Hike to Tioga Falls

    1.9 mi / 354 ft gain
    Recently the trail to Tioga Falls has re-opened even though they are still doing trail restoration. This is short little 1.9 mile out and back trail is perfect for the family and has one of the best waterfalls if you live anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky. Now while there is about 350 feet of el...
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  • Brownsville, Kentucky

    Hike the Cedar Sink Trail

    1.6 mi / 333 ft gain
    Starting at the parking lot off of National Park Boundary Road, you will follow the marked sign on the path until you hit a set of metal stairs heading downward. Take the stairs to the bottom and take the first left on the trail to the observation deck that overlooks the Cedar Spring.A map of the...
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  • 1091-1111 Elklick Road, Kentucky

    Hike to Hickory Flats Firetower

    1.2 mi / 435 ft gain
    To find the starting point navigate straight to the marker pin. At the end of the paved road, a gravel road will start. Just a couple hundred feet up the gravel road on the left there is a gate. Park infront of the gate (not in the road). Vehicles are not permitted but the Daniel Boone National F...
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  • Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

    Hike to Sunset Point

    0.3 mi / 0 ft gain
    This small hike is inside of the Mammoth Cave National Park is well know and provides a great place for small kids and is handicap accessible. The pathway itself is a flat boardwalk and is only about .3 of a mile. It features beautiful views of the mountains and lots of wildlife. The hike is also...
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  • Frankfort, Kentucky

    Hike through Cove Spring Park

    1.5 mi / 249 ft gain
    At first glance, Cove Spring Park looks like any normal city park. In reality, it is a waterfall filled, 240 acres nature preserve hiding in plain site of Kentucky's capital city. The property is filled with wetlands, streams, springs, waterfalls, and historic structures that make this a great ge...
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  • Eddyville, Kentucky

    Hike Hematite Lake

    2.4 mi / 111 ft gain
    The Hematite Trail is a great loop for hikers and trail runners located in the heart of Land Between the Lakes Wilderness. Beginning your hike near the picnic grounds adjacent to the Nature Station, this hike is great year round and is good for all skill levels, including families. From awesome l...
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  • Arlington, Kentucky

    Explore Columbus-Belmont State Park

    2 mi / 134 ft gain
    Columbus-Belmont State Park is a stop along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway that combines pivotal Civil War history with dramatic cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The park is also a stop along the Trail of Tears National Historical Trail and the Civil War Heritage Trail.  The ...
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  • Louisville, Kentucky

    William F. Miles Lakes: Coppiced Woods Trail

    2.05 mi / 410 ft gain
    William F. Miles Lakes: Coppiced Woods Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Park City, Kentucky

    Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail

    16.21 mi / 1604 ft gain
    Mammoth Cave Railroad Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Park City, Kentucky.
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  • Paducah, Kentucky

    Bike or Run the Greenway Trail

    7.6 mi / 111 ft gain
    The Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail is open to non-motorized traffic from dawn to dusk. Distance markers, shelters, and benches are located along the trail. The Greenway Trail links Perkins Creek Nature Preserve, Stuart Nelson Park, Noble Park, Schultz Park, and the Ohio River shoreline. The best ...
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  • McKee, Kentucky

    Resurgence Cave

    4.74 mi / 341 ft gain
    Resurgence Cave in McKee, Kentucky offers a unique hiking trail that is both challenging and rewarding. The trail is of moderate difficulty, requiring sturdy footwear and a good level of fitness. It winds through dense forest, past towering rock formations and along the edge of a clear, fast-flow...
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