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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. Continue scrolling down for a look at what's coming up!

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

National Trails Day
June 1, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Put your best foot forward on one of the park’s five hiking trails, or join the park’s staff for a hiking program!

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
. Bison Trace & Cedar Run Trail Mosaic Hike
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Big Bone Hydro-Hike*
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tobacco Hiking Sticks ($)

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Bison Trace & Cedar Run Trail Mosaic Hike: The outing begins with a guided walk to see the bison herd and hear of their natural history. The hiking begins as we progress along upland forest ridges through a genuinely peaceful area of Big Bone Lick. Enjoy the serenity of wooded seclusion as you ply the trails of one of Kentucky’s most unique parks. We will be walking up to 2.0 miles on moderate, uneven terrain. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Big Bone Hydro-Hike*: Join the park’s interpretive staff for a splashing good time on a special creek bed hike. The hike begins with a visit to the park’s largest salt-sulfur spring. Afterwards, we step things up with an aquatic adventure as we explore Big Bone Creek. We will be walking 0.5 miles on moderate terrain. Bring old shoes and expect to get wet! Having a walking stick is recommended. *Subject to cancellation due to hazardous water levels.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tobacco Hiking Sticks ($): Come decorate your own piece of Kentucky heritage, the tobacco stick. These sticks were used to hang and dry tobacco on farms all over Kentucky. Today they make awesome walking sticks! You can paint, wood burn and feather your own special tobacco stick to take on the trail. $5 per walking stick.

Call 859-384-3522 for more info or email [email protected].  

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

2nd Saturday Hikes 2019
Start times are 10:00 a.m.
Apr. 13: Birds of the Barrens on the Bike Trail: 2.5 miles
May 11: Plant/Tree ID on Peter’s Creek:1.6 miles
Jun. 8: Stories of the Lake on Camper’s Cove: 0.6 miles
Jul. 13: Nature Scavenger Hunt on the Connell Trail: 1.4 Miles
Aug.10: Get Wet Creek Walk is Off Trail: 1.5 miles
Sep. 14: Picture This Photo Hunt on Peter’s Creek: 1.6 miles
Oct.12: Autumn Changes on the  Connell Trail: 1.4 Miles

Join a State Park Naturalist for a nature oriented hike on the trails at Barren River Lake State Park! Distances are approximate. All hikers are recommended to wear sturdy footwear. Hikers can meet the group at the trailhead by 10:00 for any hike on Peter's Creek or Campers Cove if they choose. For more info call 270-646-2151 or email [email protected].


Columbus-Belmont State Park

Un-BOO-lievable Weekend
October 25 - 27, 2019
Campers will enjoy a fun filled fall weekend with prizes for best decorated campsite & best costume. There will be a chili & dessert cook-off.  Trick or Treating followed by a  “Civil War Ghost HIKE” ending the night with coffee and hot chocolate. Please call Park Office for more information 270-677-2327. CLICK HERE to make reservations online or call 1-888-4KY-Park (1-888-459-7275).  For Camping Trailer rentals OR Log Cabin rentals call 270-677-2327 or email [email protected].

Fort Boonesborough State Park

Camper Appreciation Weekend at Fort Boonesborough
April 25 - 28, 2019
Pay for Friday night and get Saturday night FREE. We have so much fun that we start the weekend early on Thursday night with bingo and then the fun continues with scheduled times for a bonfire, free putt-putt and tours, hikes, entertainment and lots more activities. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For more info call 859-527-3454 or email [email protected].

Back To School Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2019
A weekend of fun for kids and adults before school starts back. We will have scheduled times for activities, games, hikes, free tours and putt-putt, and lots more all weekend. This event is for registered campers only. For more info call 859-527-3454 or email: [email protected]

Green River Lake State Park

Kids Outdoor Day
June 1, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Co-sponsored by The Friends of Green River Lake! This fun filled day will consist of all types of outdoor activities for all children, including fishing, archery, BB gun shooting, nature hikes, trap shooting, boating, game calling and much more. Lunch will be provided for all in attendance. All is FREE for your enjoyment. All children will receive a FREE t-shirt while supplies last. Open to the public. For more info call 270-465-8255 or email: [email protected].

John James Audubon State Park

Wildflower Extravaganza & Birding Fest Spring Event
April 13, 2019, 7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Two of John James Audubon State Park's most popular and long-running programs are teaming up for a combined Spring Event! Venture to the park to participate in Wildflower Extravaganza and the Ohio Valley Birding Festival, both on April 13, 2019. Beginning bright and early, this day will be jam-packed with activities to choose from!

Wildflower Extravaganza: As the winter forest awakens, spring wildflowers emerge! Join us for leisurely hikes in and around our woods as we try to identify as many wildflowers as we can. A naturalist will share traditional Native American and early American uses and folklore about the plants.

Ohio Valley Birding Festival: Activities for all who have an interest in birds: Hikes led by birding experts, presentations, live birds of prey, Family Fun birding activities and crafts, citizen-science opportunities through hands-on bird banding and MORE! Sponsored by Evansville Audubon Society and hosted by John James Audubon State Park. See complete weekend schedule HERE. For more information, contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228 or l[email protected].

Hike to Wilderness lake
May 18, 2019, 10:00 A.M.
Join the John James Audubon State Park Naturalist on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., for this free guided hike to our nature preserve’s Wilderness Lake. This highly popular trail is a great place to observe wildlife. We'll listen for frogs, watch for Kingfishers, observe turtles, glimpse a deer in the woods, or maybe even surprise a beaver into the water. Be prepared to walk about 2.1 miles. This trail has a staircase and hills. The hike will leave from the front porch of the Museum. Cancelled if raining. Please watch our Facebook page for announcements.
Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228,  or [email protected].

Lantern Hike
June 15, 2019, 8:30 P.M.
Are you looking for a memorable adventure? Bring your whole family to experience the trails of John James Audubon State Park's nature preserve in ways few people have--after hours, after dark! Naturalists will lead you on a 2.1- mile hike traversing hills and a staircase. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring a plastic lantern or flashlight with you. Meet at Warbler Road trailhead by the Welcome Center. The hike will begin at 8:30 P.M., but will be cancelled if raining. Please watch our Facebook page for announcements. Admission is $2 per person.
For more information, contact Lisa Hoffman at [email protected] or (270)826-2247, ext. 228.

Walk in the Wetlands
July 6, 2019, 10:00 A.M.
Plan to spend your morning on a Walk in the Wetlands. Join in this naturalist-led hike through the newest addition to John James Audubon State Park--the Audubon Wetlands. Venture along for a look at this unique ecosystem--cypress trees, beaver, frogs, turtles, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles...you never know what natural treasures may be found! This free hike will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Hikers MUST wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Wetlands parking lot on Wolf Hills Road. (From Hwy 41, turn east onto Wolf Hills Rd. The Wetlands entrance is marked with a sign, on the north side of the road.) For more information, please contact Lisa Hoffman at [email protected], or (270)826-2247, ext. 228.

Furry Friends Pet Trail Hike
August 10, 2019, 10:00 A.M. 
Take time this Saturday morning, August 10, 2019, to explore John James Audubon State Park's only Pet Trail (Eagle Glen) with your furry friend. This free naturalist-led hike will take you up and down the hills and stairs of this one-mile hike. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. All pets must be on a leash. Meet in the Museum parking lot at 10:00 A.M. Cancelled if raining; please watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements.
Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected]

Tree I.D. Hike
September 28, 2019, 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Do you know one leaf from another? Can you tell a tree by its distinctive bark? Do you recognize a tree by its fruit or nut? Come take a walk with our Naturalist to discover the abundance of tree species we have in the Park. Let us teach you how to tell one tree from another. Autumn is here and the forest will soon be aglow with changing colors--a favorite time of year to get in the woods! Dress for the weather, and meet on the front porch of the John James Audubon State Park Museum on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. Cancelled if raining; please watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements. 
For more information, please contact Lisa Hoffman at [email protected], or (270)826-2247, ext. 228.

Creatures of the Night" After Dark Hike

October 26, 2019, 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
It’s almost Halloween—are you afraid of things that go BUMP in the night? Join the park naturalists at John James Audubon State Park, if you dare, for this after dark hike on Sat., Oct. 26 at 7 P.M. It’s a scare-free event, but you’ll learn about some of the fascinating and perhaps creepy creatures that make their way through the nocturnal hours of the night. Be prepared for a 2.1-mile hike over hills and a staircase. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Cancelled if raining. Please watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements. Admission is $2 at the gate. Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected].

National Take-a-Hike Day Family Trek
November 17, 2019, 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Bring the whole family, including your leashed pet, for this free family trek along Audubon’s trails! A park naturalist will lead you on this 1-mile adventure along Eagle Glen Pet Trail. What a great way to explore the outdoors for National Take-a-Hike Day! Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Meet in the Museum parking lot. Should bad weather be an issue, please watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for cancellation announcements. Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228, or [email protected].

Winter Wander
December 14, 2019, 2:00 P.M.
Take a break from holiday planning and shopping to head onto the beautiful wintertime trails at Audubon! This free naturalist-led hike will wander a 1-mile course through the preserve, traversing into the upland forest and descending into a pristine valley. Winter is an excellent time to explore outdoors, as the absence of vegetation provides a different perspective of our forest. Come along on this “winter wander” to see what treasures the woods has been hiding… Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Should bad weather be an issue, please watch our Facebook page for announcements. Meet at Warbler Rd. Trailhead. Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (270)826-2247, ext. 228 or [email protected].


Kingdom Come State Park

Raven Rock 5K Spring Trail Run/Hike
April 20, 2019, 9:00 A.M. 
Raven Rock Spring 5K Trail Run/Hike. Run along and over some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the state, including Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle. For more info call 606-589-4138 or email: [email protected].

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

2nd Saturday Hike - Spring Wildflowers
April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on April 13th 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].

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Wildflower Weekend
April 12 - 13, 2019
Natural Bridge is proud to host the Kentucky Native Plant Society Wildflower Weekend. Come discover the amazing floral diversity of Natural Bridge and the surrounding area during this weekend full of guided hikes and evening presentations. For more information email the Kentucky Native Plant Society at [email protected].

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Hike-A-Thon 2019
Multiple Dates see flyer for details.
Join us at the end of each month for a guided hike led by Kentucky State Park staff.  These hikes are all day hikes and take you on a journey to visit some of Southeastern Kentucky's most historic and beautiful places. Click here to view flyer or contact park for more info at 606-337-3066 or email [email protected].