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: National First Day Hike

What better way to start the new year out than with a breath of fresh air? Come join us at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for the National First Day Hike! State Parks in all 50 states are participating in this wonderful free event. Our recreation leader will guide your hike and point out some of our park's natural resources from the lake to a small waterfall and even a cave where the original settlers used to live! Our hikes are pet and family friendly, so feel free to bring your dog on a leash. We will be hiking the lake trail which is about 2 miles long, so wear sturdy shoes. We will meet in the lobby to begin our adventure. Can't wait to see you there! For more information about the hike contact the park naturalist at 1-800-325-1711. 

Dates: Jan 01, 2018  /  Noon - 2:00 P.M.

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 1-800-325-1711.

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.

Outdoor Ethics Dec 09, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon 

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.
Jan 13, 2018 – Seasonal Hike – Winter Adaptations
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. 

January 1, 2018—First Day Hike
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-- Winter Hike

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site 

Hiking can be an adventure no matter what time of year. Join the Park Staff and John Robbins from the Sierra Club, for a hike through the woods of Big Bone. The fresh air and still landscape is sure to keep you from getting cabin fever!  Please meet at the lake parking lot and have a water bottle. Wearing long sleeves, pants, boots, a hat, gloves, and layered outdoor wear is recommended. The trail has moderate terrain and will be a total of 4 miles. For more information  CLICK HERE or email John Robbins at

Dec 09, 2017  /  10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Feb 17, 2018  /  10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site New Year's Day Hike 

Is your resolution, this year, to get fit? Then start 2018 off on the right foot, with a hike on New Year's Day. The Park Interpreter will be your guide on the Cedar Run and Gobbler's Trace Trails as it meanders across the ridge line and through a cedar forest. We will end the hike at the bison viewing area, with the hope of seeing the Big Bone bison herd!

This moderate hike will be around 2 miles, on relatively uneven terrain. Be sure to dress warmly in layered clothing. You may want to bring a water bottle, snacks, binoculars, a camera, your family, and your leashed dog. Meet at the museum parking lot @ 1:00 p.m. to begin hiking. This program is free and open to the public; subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. 

Dates: Jan 01, 2018  /  1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Carter Caves State Resort Park Guided Cave Tours

CLICK HERE for cave tour information and schedule!

Kenlake First Day Hike 2018

Join us on January 1st, 2018 for a hike across the Eggner's Ferry Bridge! We will meet at the lodge and then travel over to the trail where we will hike across the bridge. 

The bridge has a ten foot wide walking/bike path that goes across Kentucky Lake,  Learn some history of the area and the bridge itself.  Bring some binoculars because we may even spot a bald eagle or two!

Length of hike: approx 2 miles
Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes.
This is a child friendly and pet friendly event!

Call Jesse Sirls at 1-270-474-2211 or email at for registration.
Hike is free, but please register in advance so we know how many to expect. 

Date: Jan 01, 2018  /  10:00 A.M. - Noon