Kentucky Trails

Cleanups & Trail Work

Cleanups & Trail Work

Each spring, several Kentucky State Parks hold clean up days so volunteers can pitch in to pick up litter on trails and carry out other projects. Here’s a list for 2020 events. All times are local. 

ALERT: All March and April events have been postponed or cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
This trail maintenance day is co-sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Sierra Club and will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the museum parking lot a few minutes early to allow for registration. Volunteers should wear long sleeves, pants, sturdy work boots, and work gloves. A backpack is recommended for carrying supplies. Volunteers should be capable of hiking and working on moderately difficult trails with uneven terrain. Trash bags, rubber gloves, trash grabbers, handsaws, and loppers will be provided.  Water and light snacks will be available for volunteers.  This event is free and open to the public. Call 859-384-3522.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
May 2
Staff and volunteers will be picking up litter in and around Big Bone Creek from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the Bison Circle Parking Lot a few minutes early to allow time to register. Volunteers should wear rubber boots. Volunteers must wear waders if they plan on entering the stream. Trash bags, rubber gloves, and trash grabbers will be provided by the park. Water and light snacks will be available to volunteers. This event is free and open to the public. Approximate time 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 859-384-3522.


Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the state park marina. Gloves and bags will be provided. Lunch will be also provided and door prizes awarded. This event is co-sponsored by the Buckhorn Scenic Trails Association, Buckhorn Army Corps of Engineers, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Perry County Fiscal Court & Pride and Friends of Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. For information call 606-398-7251 or 606-398-7510. 

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
May 2
Since 1996, volunteers from across the country have joined forces with the American Battlefield Trust to help their local parks and historic sites tackle maintenance projects both large and small — from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and building trails. It's a fun and meaningful way to lend a hand, and, in many cases, see the land that you have helped save at your local battlefield sites.  Bring gloves, rakes, & gardening tools.  Participants will be provided a light lunch and a T-Shirt. Call 270-677-2327.


POSTPONED!!! Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
**Upcoming date to be announced at a later time**
If you enjoy Cumberland Falls, then please volunteer for the 2020 Cumberland Falls Spring Cleanup on March 28! Since 2008, the annual event has mobilized thousands of volunteers.  From 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET, volunteers will pick up litter along Hwy. 90 and other roads and waterways near the park. Volunteer groups with children will be directed to age-appropriate cleanup areas.

  • All volunteers will receive a free lunch, and they will be entered in a drawing for door prizes. The Volunteer Cup trophy will be presented to the county with the most volunteers participating. Awards will be given to the school group and community group that bring the most volunteers. 
  • All volunteers should dress appropriately for working outdoors in the weather that morning. Sturdy shoes are recommended. PRIDE will provide disposable gloves and safety vests.

The event is a partnership among PRIDE, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, McCreary County Fiscal Court 109 Board, Whitley County Fiscal Court, US Forest Service, McCreary County Extension Service, McCreary County Board of Education, Whitley County School System, Whitley County Tourist Commission and Pine Knot Job Corp. Call 606-528-4121.


John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
May 30
We need volunteers to come work with us on May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Audubon Wetlands on Wolf Hills Road. With recent flooding, a whole mountain of debris has washed into the wetlands! Help us do a trash sweep and get our trails cleaned up. Snacks and water will be provided. This is a great opportunity for church groups, scouts and others to help keep our trails in tip-top condition. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet/muddy, bring work gloves, and a refillable water bottle. Meet at Audubon Wetlands. Volunteers should notify the park in advance: 270-826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected]


Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Kenlake will host its annual Earth Day Park Clean-up on April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. 
Participants will receive free lunch and a camping voucher. This year we will be focusing on our campground and shoreline. Participants are asked to dress for the outdoors and bring gloves, water, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the campground at 9 a.m. 
For more information please call 270-474-2211.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City


Join us on Saturday, April 18, at 8 a.m. for our annual Spring Cleanup. Volunteers will collect as much litter as possible to help protect and beautify Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park! Participants are asked to dress for the outdoors. Participants should bring gloves, water, bug spray, and sturdy shoes. Please feel free to bring any trash grabbers, loppers, or helpful tools of your own. For more information please contact Ryan Clark at [email protected] or call 270-362-4271.


Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Staff and volunteers will be picking up litter and other trash at Natural Bridge State Resort Park from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals who want to participate will meet at the Hemlock Lodge lobby at 10 a.m. to sign in. There will be gloves, trash bags and trash pickers provided. We have a limited number of trash pickers, so you may bring your own if you like. Volunteers should wear clothes fitted for the outdoors, gloves and water. This event is free. Call 606-663-2214 for more information or to sign up.

Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Pick Up The Park on April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. We will be raking up leaves and picking up sticks and limbs in preparation of the Community Easter Egg/Candy Hunt on April 11. The park supplies everything but volunteers can bring their own rake if they like. Call 859-734-3314.

Paintsville Lake State Park, Paintsville
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold the 33rd annual Clean Up Contest at Paintsville Lake on April 4 starting at 8 a.m. The contest is for groups and clubs and judging is based on how much trash is collected. Boats may be used to collect trash along the shore. Garbage bags and gloves will be supplied and there will be a cookout for volunteers. For more information, contact Nathan Shelton at 606-297-6312 or email [email protected] 


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Join us in the lodge lobby at 10 a.m. for spring cleaning at Pennyrile Forest. Volunteers will collect as much litter as possible and beautify our park. Come a few minutes early to register. Volunteers should wear pants, sturdy work boots, and work gloves. A backpack is recommended for carrying supplies. Trash bags and rubber gloves will be provided, but please feel free to bring any loppers, trash grabbers, or tools of your own.  Water and light snacks will be available for volunteers.  This event is free and will last 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 270-797-3421.

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville
As part of the American Battlefield Trust Park Day on April 4, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site invites volunteers to the park for a clean-up day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of Perryville Battlefield is sponsoring this event. Please bring gloves, appropriate shoes and shovels and rakes. Hot dogs and chips will be served for lunch. Call 859-332-8631.


Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
The park clean up will be 9:30 a.m. to noon. Arrive early for registration. Help us preserve the Wickliffe Mounds archaeological site by volunteering for a park clean-up day! Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and limbs, rake leaves, trim flower beds, and trail clean-up. Bring work gloves, rakes, and gardening tools.  Lunch provided for all volunteers.  Call 270-335-3681.


Yatesville Lake State Park, Louisa
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a clean up around the lake. Meet at the Lawrence County Wilderness Park Shelter No. 3 at 9 a.m. Bags, gloves and lunch provided. Free t-shirt to volunteers while they last. Call 606-686-2412 to register.