Kentucky Tourism

Planned Hiking

Lace up those hiking shoes and get ready! We've got miles of planned hiking activities in store this year.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park 'First Saturday Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series'

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st Saturday of each month in 2017! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will vary per month. Some hikes will require hikers to drive to another location on the neighboring Pennyrile State Forest or nearby Wildlife Management Areas.  Dress for the weather and bring your own water, snacks, and hiking stick. This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike. Hiking sticks are available for purchase in the park’s gift shop. The hike is free and will last approximately two hours. Hikes will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous weather/driving conditions. For more information about the hike contact the park naturalist at or 1-800-325-1711.

Jul 01, 2017  /  7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Aug 05, 2017  /  7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Sep 02, 2017  /  7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Oct 07, 2017  /  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Nov 04, 2017  /  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Dec 02, 2017  /  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park 'Second Saturday Hike'

Lake Barkley State Resort Park is back in 2017 with the return of 2nd Saturday Hikes.  

The hikes start at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from the lobby of the lodge. No reservations are necessary to participate in Second Saturday Hikes. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is strongly suggested.
Families and individuals can enjoy other entertainment and lodging opportunities at the park. Lake Barkley State Resort Park is the largest state resort park in Kentucky and features a lodge, cottages, the Windows on the Water Restaurant, a seasonal campground, 18-hole golf course, fitness center with indoor pool, marina, fishing, tennis courts, hiking trails, gift shop, and recreational and nature programming.  

The park is located at 3500 State Park Road in Cadiz.  From I-24, take the Highway 68 exit west toward Cadiz.
For more information call the lodge at call 1-800-325-0057.

History of Lake Barkley Jun 10, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 
Insects Jul 08, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 
Forest Succession Aug 12, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 
Mycology Sep 09, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 
Nature Photography Oct 14, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 
Geology Nov 11, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 
Outdoor Ethics Dec 09, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Trail Trek Series

This trek series is comprised of individual guided treks that range in distance from 4-8 miles. On each date, a unique route through Natural Bridge State Resort Park will be hiked. All treks depart at 9am from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. This is a great way to experience all the trails at Natural Bridge throughout the year! Pre-registration is required. The cost is $8/person/trek. Children 10-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Drew Stevens, or call the lodge at call 606-663-2214.

Sep 30, 2017 / 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Nov 11, 2017 / 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Hike-A-Thon 2017 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU research property, and National Park land. All hikes will be within 70 miles of Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Lunch option available for longer hikes. Transportation available for first 10 people registered per hike. For more information contact Keith Bowling, or call the lodge at call 606-337-3066.

$35 for registration for all hikes and a t-shirt
$25 for 3 hikes and t-shirt
$10 for 1 hike
***Registration for persons doing all hikes, or for t-shirt ordering must be in by April 1st.***

June 24: Lilley Cornett Woods (largest stand of old growth in the state) 4 miles Moderate
July 22: Clear Creek Hollow trail 1.5 miles each way. Easy
August 26: Rock Hotel to Chained Rock and back via Timber Ridge 3 miles Moderate
September 16: FREE HIKE, open to the public! Cumberland Gap NHP: Hensley Settlement via Chadwell Gap 8 miles Strenuous. Led with Cumberland Gap Rangers

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Campout at the Fire Tower

The Pinnacle Knob Tower is open for scheduled Tours throughout the year. Here is an opportunity to spend part of the night in an fire tower, while enjoying the night sky and breathtaking views of the Cumberland Plateau. You will begin your evening at the visitor center to prepare for your adventure. Then we will depart on a short hike to the tower and set up camp. You will be able to tour the tower during the night. On Sunday morning we will break camp and hike out. Cost is $ 35.00 per person and includes, camping equipment, evening snack, and breakfast buffet in the River View Restaurant at the DuPont Lodge. Pre-Registration is required a week prior. Need a minimum of 6 participants, and spots are limited. The program is restricted to participants age 12 and over. Minors under 18 must have an adult present. Please contact park for a registration form. For more information contact Steve Gilbert, or call the lodge at call 606-528-4121. 

Sep 23 - Sep 24, 2017 / 5:00 P.M. - Noon
Oct 7 - Oct 8, 2017 / 5:00 P.M. - Noon