Kentucky State Park Hiking Trail Guidelines

Kentucky State Park Hiking Trail Guidelines

Rules and Regulations for Hiking Trails

  • Trails are managed as part of the natural environment.
  • Visitors must be prepared to meet and accept nature on its own terms.
  • Please stay on designated trail.
  • Trail is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Do not hike alone.
  • Proper footwear recommended. Help preserve the trail’s natural resources.


The following activities are prohibited on Kentucky State Parks hiking trails, unless otherwise noted:

  • ATV's
  • Campfires
  • Horseback Riding
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Rappelling and rock climbing.
  • Hunting or disturbing wildlife.
  • Collecting or digging for artifacts.
  • Picking flowers or harming plants.
  • Carving or damaging rock formations and trees.
  • Unleashed Pets (must be on leash). Pets are not allowed on trails dedicated as Kentucky State Nature Preserve Lands.


***Pets are not permitted on the Hiking Trails at Natural Bridge, except for the Henson Arch and Whittleton Trails. Most Trails at Natural Bridge are within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve, and pets are not permitted as a part of the management guidelines. Also, pets are not permitted within the McCreary County side of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park as this area is within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve.***