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    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.

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    • Cadiz, Kentucky

      Kayak Energy Lake

      Before going to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area I had heard numerous people explain how peaceful and beautiful the area was, and how empty the lake was dependent on the season. These rave reviews called for a road trip and a 5 day stay in August, which fittingly happened in an...
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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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    • Newport, Kentucky

      Photograph the Cincinnati Skyline

      Cross over to Newport, Kentucky to capture this outstanding cityscape view!  There are several points along the Ohio River that the skyline can be captured, but I enjoy photographing with one of the several bridges in the foreground and the Cincinnati famous Great American Building as the main fo...
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    • Louisville, Kentucky

      Explore Historic Locust Grove

      Built in 1790 by Major William Croghan and Lucy Clark Croghan (William & George Rogers Clark's sister), Locust Grove became a place where major national figures who helped shaped our nation collaborated and provided a gathering space for rest while within the Kentucky Frontier. James Monroe, ...
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    • Harrodsburg, Kentucky

      Fulling Mill Falls Loop

      1.28 mi / 105 ft gain
      Fulling Mill Falls Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Burgin, Kentucky.
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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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    • 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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    • Brownsville, Kentucky

      Cedar Sink Trail

      1.55 mi / 184 ft gain
      Cedar Sink Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Park City, Kentucky.
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    • Salt Lick, Kentucky

      Hike Caney Loop Trail at Cave Run Lake

      8.8 mi / 1047 ft gain
      Starting at the Stoney Cove Trailhead, take the trail to the left. This trail was previously marked as trail #1226. However, after the Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 was rerouted, they now run together. Therefore, the trail is very well marked by a white diamond with a turtle, signifying the Sheltowe...
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    • Vanceburg, Kentucky

      Hike the Joyce Bender Trail in the Crooked Creek Nature Preserve

      1.35 mi / 200 ft gain
      The Crooked Creek Nature Preserve features many unique and rare plant species including an oak barrens community, oak-hickory forest, and prairie species such as: Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem and Prairie Dock. In addition to these species are five rare plant species including: Starry False Solom...
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    • Wickliffe, Kentucky

      Explore Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

      0.4 mi / 13 ft gain
      A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.  Visitors follow a self guided trail system to view the Ceremonial, Ch...
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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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