Kentucky Tourism

Planned Hiking

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

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Trail Trek Series

The Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series is currently taking reservations for 2018 hikes!

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.

Mar 17, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
May 12, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Jun 02, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sep 29, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Nov 17, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Nolin Lake State Park Seasonal Hiking Series

Call park for info at 270-286-4240.
Apr 7, 2018 – Seasonal Hike – Spring Wildflowers
Jun 2, 2018 – National Trails Day
Jul 14, 2018 – Seasonal Hike – Tree ID
Oct 13, 2018 – Seasonal Hike – Forest Succession

John James Audubon State Park 

Call 270-826-4424 for more information. 

April 14, 2018—Wildflower Extravaganza—Wildflower Hikes
April 21, 2018—Ohio Valley Birding Festival--Birding Hikes
April 28, 2018—Audubon Adventure Days Nature Hike
May 19, 2018—Hike to Wilderness Lake
June 2, 2018—Lantern Hike
July 7, 2018—Walk in the Wetlands
August 11, 2018—Furry Friends Pet Trail Hike
September 22, 2018—Tree ID Hike
October 27, 2018—After Dark Hike
November 10, 2018-- Nature's Switch to Winter Hike

Hike-A-Thon 2018 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park 

Hike-a-thon 2017 took us to some really awesome places, and 2018 is going to be even better! Click here to view a flyer with more information on upcoming hikes. 

Carter Caves State Resort Park Guided Cave Tours

CLICK HERE for cave tour information and schedule!

Carter Caves State Resort Park Wildflower Pilgrimage

CLICK HERE for more information!

Pennyrile Forest State ResortPark First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series 

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st Saturday of every month! 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 recreation coordinator at or 270-797-3421.

Pennyrile Forest State ResortPark: Good Friday Hike

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is partnering with a local business to do a FREE guided hike on the Pennyrile Nature Trail on March 30, 2018, Good Friday. The hike will start at 8 a.m. at Tradewater Canoe and Kayak, hiking 14 miles to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. There will be food available for purchase at the Clifty Creek Restaurant and a 25% Lodging discount for hikers that want to stay overnight and rest. Contact Pennyrile at 270-797-3421 or for more details.

Date: March 30, 2018  8:00 A.M.

Kenlake State Resort Park: National Trails Day 2018

The first Saturday of June is National Trails Day!  This year we’ll be hiking across the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge Trail to catch the sunrise.  We’ll be right in the middle of the bridge at 6:18 A.M. when the sun breaks over the Western Ridge of Land Between the Lakes. This is a wonderful opportunity to get that perfect picture. This is a pet friendly and kid friendly (if you have some early birds) hike lasting only about 2 miles. Bring your camera!
Contact Jesse Sirls at 270-474-2211 or for more information. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 5:30 or you can meet us at the trail head at 5:45 A.M.

Date: June 2, 2018 5:30 A.M.- 7:00 A.M.

Taylorsville Lake State Park: National Trails Day 2018

June 2, 2018 is National Trails Day and Taylorsville Lake State Park will hit the trails! This event is put on by the Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park. Click here for more information about the upcoming event.