Kentucky Tourism

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!

Lake Barkley State Resort Park 

Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park for a hike this summer. The focus of July’s hike will be insects. Participants will learn about the insects of Lake Barkley and will search for creepy crawlies!   

Meet at the lobby of the lodge and dress for the weather. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is strongly suggested. 

Hike not recommended for children under the age of 5. Hikes will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous weather/driving conditions. 

It's free to participate and no registration is necessary! 

July 14 -- 10:00 a.m.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Trail Trek Series

The Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series is comprised of individual guided treks that range in distance from 4-8 miles. On each date, a unique route through Natural Bridge State Resort Park will be hiked. All treks depart at 9 a.m. from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. This is a great way to experience all the trails at Natural Bridge throughout the year! Pre-registration is required. The cost is $8/person/trek. Children 10-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the lodge at call 606-663-2214.

Sep 29, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Nov 17, 2018  /  9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Nolin Lake State Park Seasonal Hiking Series

Join us at Nolin Lake State Park for our seasonal hiking series on the Brier Creek Trail System! Each hike will feature a different topic of discussion. The hike starts at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from Brier Creek Trailhead in Nolin Lake State Park. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is strongly suggested. This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Hikes will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous weather/driving conditions. Call park for more info at 270-286-4240.

It's free to participate and no registration is necessary!

Jul 14, 2018 – Seasonal Hike – Tree ID
Oct 20, 2018 – Seasonal Hike – Forest Succession

John James Audubon State Park 

July Hike Description:
Plan to spend your afternoon 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 never know what natural treasures may be found! This free hike will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 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, or (270)826-442

July 7, 2018—Walk in the Wetlands
August 11, 2018—Furry Friends Pet Trail Hike
September 22, 2018—Tree ID Hike
October 27, 2018—After Dark Hike
November 10, 2018-- Nature's Switch to Winter Hike

Hike-A-Thon 2018 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Hike-a-thon 2018 is better than ever! Call 606-337-3066 or send an email to Keith Bowling at for a description of what hikes are being offered and the meet-up time, date and location.

July 28, 2018 -- Bad Branch Falls
August 25, 2018 -- Hemlock Garden

Carter Caves State Resort Park Guided Cave Tours

Cave tours are available year-round at Carter Caves State Resort Park. CLICK HERE for cave tour information and a recent schedule of what caves are open to visitors.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series 

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st Saturday of every month! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will vary per month. Some hikes will require hikers to drive to another location on the neighboring Pennyrile State Forest or nearby Wildlife Management Areas.  Dress for the weather and bring your own water, snacks, and hiking stick. This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike. Hiking sticks are available for purchase in the park’s gift shop. The hike is free and will last approximately two hours. Hikes will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous weather/driving conditions. For more information about the hike contact the recreation coordinator at or 270-797-3421.

July 7, 2018
August 4, 2018
September 1, 2018
October 6, 2018
November 3, 2018

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park: Campout at the Fire Tower

Hike to the old fire tower at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park to enjoy the night sky and breathtaking views of the Cumberland Plateau. You will begin your evening at the visitor center to prepare for your adventure. Guests will depart on a short hike to the tower and set up camp. You will be able to tour the tower during the night.  On Sunday morning we will break camp and hike out. Cost is $ 35.00 per person and includes, camping equipment, evening snack, and breakfast buffet in the  River View Restaurant at the DuPont Lodge. Pre-Registration is required a week prior. For more info CLICK HERE.

Dates: Sep 29 - Sep 30, 2018  /  4:00 P.M. - 10:00 A.M.