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Planned Hiking

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. Inclement weather can be a factor for last minute cancellations. We recommend you contact the park hosting the event before you travel to ensure no updates or changes have been made.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2020
Is your resolution this year to get fit? Then start 2020 off on the right foot with a hike on New Year's Day. The park interpreter will be your guide on the Cedar Run and Gobbler's Trace Trails as it meanders across the ridge line and through a cedar forest. We will end the hike at the bison viewing area, with the hope of seeing the Big Bone bison herd! This moderate hike will be around 2 miles on relatively uneven terrain. Be sure to dress warmly in layered clothing. You may want to bring a water bottle, snacks, binoculars, a camera, your family, and your leashed dog. Meet at the museum parking lot at 1 p.m. This program is free and open to the public, subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Call 859-384-3522.

General Butler State Resort Park

First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2020
Join us as we kick off the New Year with a hike around the Butler Lake Trail. This 1.6-mile hike is great for the whole family and the perfect way to kick off the New Year and get back to nature! 502-732-4384.

John James Audubon State Park

First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2020
Kick off the New Year on the right foot! Join our naturalist for a free “First Day” Winter Hike along Audubon State Park’s beautiful wooded trails on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. We’ll listen for birds, look for tracks, and keep our senses tuned for any surprises nature has waiting for us. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and meet at the John James Audubon Museum. Adverse weather conditions may cause cancellation, so please watch our Facebook page for announcements. Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270) 826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected].

Kenlake State Resort Park
First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2020
Join us on Jan. 1 for our annual First Day Hike! Weather permitting, we will be hiking the Chickasaw Trail around its newest loop. The hike will cover approximately 2.5 miles of moderate terrain. Call 270-474-2211.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2020
Do you love to hike? Would you like to kick off the new year with some exercise and beautiful scenery? If so, come out to Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on Jan. 1, 2020! We will offer a short guided hike in an interesting and scenic area of our beautiful park! Make sure to dress for the weather, bring water, and bring your cameras to take pictures! Call 270-362-9205.

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
Nature and Wildlife Hikes, Jan. 10, 19, 24; Feb. 7, 9, 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.

John James Audubon State Park
Mid-Winter Hike, Feb. 15, 2020
Join our naturalist for a free mid-winter hike along Audubon State Park’s beautiful wooded trails on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. We’ll listen for birds, look for tracks, and keep our senses tuned for any surprises nature has waiting for us on this 1.2-mile trek. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and meet at the John James Audubon Museum. Cancelled if raining or experiencing extremely cold conditions. Please watch our Facebook page for announcements. Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected].

Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Animal Tracks and Signs 2nd Saturday Hike, Feb. 8, 2020
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park for our next 2nd Saturday Hike on Feb. 8. The focus of February’s hike will be animal tracks and signs. Since wildlife is unpredictable, we will be looking at where they have been and what they left behind. 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].

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].

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.