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Group Hikes


Lace up those hiking shoes and get ready to hit the trails! We've got miles of planned hiking activities at many state parks across Kentucky. Some parks host monthly hikes while others hold special hiking events where registration is required. Continue scrolling down for a look at what's coming up!

 


E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
Nature and Wildlife Hikes, Feb. 14, 22, March 13, 20, 28
The park will offer nature and wildlife hikes on various topics and at different times during the winter months. Please call the park at 502-429-7270 for more details.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Winter Hike With Sierra Club, Feb. 22

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 museum 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 up to 4 miles. The program is free and open to the public; subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. For more information visit here or email John Robbins at [email protected] The park phone number is 859-384-3522.


John James Audubon State Park
End-of-Winter Hike, March 14, 2020
Feeling antsy for the coming of spring? Well, the new season is about to begin! Come enjoy the woods of Audubon Park with a free naturalist-led “end-of-winter” hike. We’ll take a look around to see if nature is anticipating the coming of spring as much as we are! Wear sturdy shoes for this nearly mile-long hike and meet at the Warbler Road trailhead. Starts at 10 a.m. Cancelled if raining or experiencing extremely cold conditions. Please watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements. Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected]


Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Birds of Barkley 2nd Saturday Hike, March 14, 2020
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on March 14 for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of March’s hike will be the birds of Lake Barkley. We will search for and learn about the many bird species that make Lake Barkley State Resort Park their home. The hike starts at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from the lobby of the lodge. No reservations are necessary to participate in 2nd Saturday Hikes. For more information call 1-800-325-1708 or email [email protected]

 

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Wildflower Weekend, April 3-4

Join us at Natural Bridge to learn about the wildflowers that grow on the park and in the area from the Kentucky Native Plant Society. There will be guided hikes to identify local flora and fauna. The keynote speaker this year is Mike Homoya. This event is open to the public and kid-friendly! Registration is on site at the Hemlock Lodge Lobby, admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 13-17, and free for ages 12 and under. Call 606-663-2214.

 


Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Spring Wildflowers 2nd Saturday Hike, April 11, 2020 
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on April 11 for another hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of April’s hike will be spring wildflowers. The hike will go searching for spring wildflowers and will teach participants how to identify flower species in the wild. The hike starts at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from the lobby of the lodge. No reservations are necessary to participate in 2nd Saturday Hikes. For more information call 1-800-325-1708 or email [email protected]


Carter Caves State Resort Park
Wildflower Pilgrimage, April 17-18, 2020
The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with emerging blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor.  You will be able to experience the beauty of the area during special programming focusing on the flora, fauna, and history of the Carter Caves area.  Whether you are an experienced wildflower enthusiast, a beginner bloomer, or just enjoy being in the woods, this is the perfect event for you to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.  Thanks to the Friends of Carter Caves, no registration is necessary -- the event is free. For information, call the park at 606-286-4411.