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First Day HIkes

Lace up the hiking boots and get ready to start 2023 with a First Day Hike at a Kentucky State Park. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Distances and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. Find a new favorite trail here or check out one of the listings below!

 

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Start 2023 off on the right (or left) foot with a self-guided First Day Hike around Big Bone Lick! Download a map here or pick one up from the Gift Shop, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This self-guided First Day Hike will take you from the Museum to the diorama pit where you can view replica Ice Age Mega Mammals, from there you will journey 0.9 miles along the Big Bone Creek Trail passing by active salt springs and Big Bone Creek. Once back in the parking area you will continue onto the Bison Trace Trail for 0.5 miles to enjoy the natural beauty of Big Bone Valley as well as say hello to the bison! Complete your hike by hiking another 0.5 miles back to the Museum. Interested in a longer hike? Hike along the Bison Trace Trail and pick up the Cedar Run Trail located towards the back of the bison fields. At the intersection on Cedar Run Trail take a left to add 0.5 miles or take a right to add another 1.0 miles combining Cedar Run Trail and Gobbler's Trace Trail. Tag us on Facebook @BigBoneLickSHS with your First Day Hike adventures!


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Start the New Year off on the right foot (or left) for our First Day Hike. Join Park Manager Doug Brown for a 1 Mile Hike of the Buffalo Trace Trail to "hike thru history" on the first day of 2023. We will travel back in time over 16,000 years without the aid of a DeLorean automobile. Call (859) 289-5507 for more information.

 

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Come kick off the new year with the First Day Hike to the Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower at Cumberland Falls!
The view from this historic Fire Tower is breathtaking. We will be there as the sun gets ready to set and then hike back before it gets dark. 
Meet at the front steps of the lodge at 4pm. We will return to the lodge by 6pm. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring plenty of water. 

 

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

Sunday, January 1, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A very special History Hike to welcome the New Year! A part of the national First Day Hike initiative. Unique to this hike is the addition of complementary hot drinks of coffee, cider, and hot chocolate! Have you ever wondered about some of the remains of structures that you may have seen around the park? Hike some of the most interesting historic sites on the park and learn about the past of the old Central State Hospital. This hike will meet at the Sawyer Hayes Community Center and last approximately 2 hours. $5 per person, pre-registration required, max of 20 hikers. Call 502-429-7270 or email [email protected]

 

Ft. Boonesborough State Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
At Fort Boonesborough State Park, the Pioneer Forage Trail and the Fort Trail will be open from 9:00am - 5:00pm for self-guided hikes. These two pet friendly trials combine for a hike of just under a half mile loop. You will walk beside Spring Lick Branch, a vital source of water for the early settlers, and then arrive at the exterior of the Fort. The Fort will not be open for tours. There are several monuments at the Fort that explain the history of the Fort and it's early settlers. This is great opportunity to get some exercise, view nature and learn a little about Kentucky history.

 

General Butler State Resort Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 1:00pm - 1:00pm
We will hike the new Turkeyfoot Trail. Meet at the ranger office (across from the lodge) at 1pm. It is a two mile trail. Dress for the weather and bring water. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors.  On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states.  Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park.  Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country!


Kingdom Come State Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Start the New Year off on the right foot with our annual First Day Hike! Join us for a moderate hike on a portion of the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail that runs through our park! Participants will meet at 12 o'clock Overlook to begin the hike. Please come prepared with water, snacks, appropriate shoes and clothing. For more info call (606) 589-2478.


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Start off the new year right with our guided first day hike! We will be meeting in the lodge lobby at noon on New Year's Day to hike around the Lake Trail (~2.75 miles). This hike is recommended for those age 8 and above, but all ages up for the adventure are welcome to join, including pets on leashes. Bring some water and dress for the weather. Call the park at (270) 797-3421 for more details.   


General Butler State Resort Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 1:00 p.m. 
Join us for a First Day Hike to start your new year off on the right foot.
We will hike the new Turkeyfoot Trail. Meet at the ranger office (across from the lodge) at 1pm. It is a two mile trail. Dress for the weather and bring water. For more info email [email protected]

 

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Sunday, January 1, 2023, 9:00am - 2:00pm
First Day Yoga, Brunch, & Hike 2023
What better way to kick off the New Year, than to set New Intentions...Join us in the Lodge Meeting Room overlooking our beautiful Kentucky Lake, as we salute the New Year in a series of poses set to relax the mind and body. Come as you are. Mats provided. Brunch Buffet Served from 9am-2pm. Meet at Sustainability Garden at 2pm wearing comfortable shoes, and come dressed to destress. Hike out the end of year, and dig into that New Year Vibe. Contact [email protected] for more information. Rates: Yoga: $5.00; Brunch Buffet: $16.00


Kincaid Lake State Park
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come join our Recreation Director on the 1st at 1 p.m. at the Recreation Building to hike the 1 mile Spicebush Trail and we'll start at the trailhead behind the Basketball Court.  That's a lot of ones (1 p.m. - 1/1/2023 - 1 mile hike) to start your New Year off right.  Questions about the event Please call our office at (859) 654-3531 for further details.  We hope to see you there!