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Self-Guided Hikes

Kentucky State Parks have miles of self-guided hikes. Here are a few suggested hiking trails at Kentucky State Parks. For a list of all hiking trails CLICK HERE.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Self-Guided Hike
Take a hike around Big Bone Lick State Historic Site! Download a map from the Maps, Menus, More dropdown or pick one up from the Gift Shop, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This self-guided 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. Tag us on Facebook @BigBoneLickSHS with your hiking adventures! 


Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
This hike will be self-guided along the Eagles Point Trail. Choose a time that works best for you and your family and set out on this beautiful trail that overlooks Dale Hollow Lake. From the Boom Ridge/Eagle Point Connector, it is .8 miles to the overlook. The trail is in and out. 


Ft. Boonesborough State Park
At Fort Boonesborough State Park, the Pioneer Forage Trail and the Fort Trail will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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.