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!

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

2nd Saturday Hikes 2019
Start times are 10:00 a.m.
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

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]

John James Audubon State Park

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 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]

National Public Lands Day - Volunteer Workday
Sept. 28, 2019 , 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Help us keep our park and trails looking great! This is the perfect opportunity for church groups, scouts and others to come lend a hand on National Public Lands Day to make this public space a top-notch place to explore. Snacks, water, and some tools will be on hand for volunteers. Please dress in clothes appropriate for trail work and wear closed-toe shoes; bring work gloves if you have them, and a water bottle. Meet on the Museum front lawn. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering must notify the park in advance.
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].

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Oct 4 - Oct 5, 2019
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Campground invites you to join us for CAMPERAMA! Buy one night of camping, get the second night FREE!
Get out and go camping!! The Camperama is the perfect time to camp -- discounts, activities for all ages, recreation activities, prizes and MORE!  This is a popular event, so get your camp site reservations early.  Lake Cumberland State Resort Park's campground is completely wooded and absolutely beautiful.  Several bath houses are spread out within the campground, playgrounds, hiking trails, indoor pool and more.
For reservations, please visit or call 888.459.7275
For more information, please call 270.343.3111

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

2nd Saturday Hike - The History of Lake Barkley 
July 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on July 13th for another hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of July’s hike will be the history of Lake Barkley. The hike will will introduce participants to the events that led to these amazing public lands and the stories of the people who have shaped western Kentucky. 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].

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

National Public Land's Day
Sept 28, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. Your work will help ensure that Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will continue to be a beautiful place for all to enjoy!
For more info call 270-797-3421 or email Haley Joseph at [email protected]

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Pine Mountain Junior Naturalist Days
July 13, 2019
August 17, 2019
September 6, 2019
Join recreation staff for half day adventures as up-and-coming Junior Naturalists.  This program aims to teach children basic camping and entry level survival skills. Build Campfires ? Hike  ? Fish ? Archery ? Build a Shelter ?  Wildlife & Fish ID Cost: $5.00 for each day to cover supplies. Contact Keith D. Bowling at [email protected] for more details.  

Pine Mountain Herpetology Hunt
Jul 20, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park invites you to a day of hiking and bushwhacking in search of our areas beautiful herpetological species. Thanks to the tremendous biodiversity of Pine Mountain, we are likely to find numerous species of salamanders, newts, turtles, snakes, frogs, toads and more! Great for all ages, though some of the hikes may get longer for short legs.
Begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Nature Center. Contact Keith D. Bowling at [email protected] for more details.  

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].

Yatesville Lake State Park

361 Adventure Race: Dead Fred
Aug 03, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
This is an entirely new race location! Rich in heritage and hospitality,  Louisa KY will host the start and finish of the second race in the Unbridled Series. You’ll be exploring the hundreds of acres of Wildlife Management Areas surrounding beautiful Yatesville Lake and gain some ground along the 30+ miles of multi-use trails throughout the Park.


LENGTH: 9 Hours
(Bring your own canoe or kayak or we have boats available to rent. Just choose an option when you register)                                                                                                                                       
WHERE: Yatesville Lake State Park, KY 
WHEN: August 3, 2019 WHO: Solos & teams of 2, 3, or 4                                                         
REGISTRATION: $100 per person. INCLUDES: a post-race meal.
THE COURSE: Who knows? Nobody has ever raced here before.

A small block of campsites at The Park has been reserved for racers (families & friends). Reserve early if you’d like to secure a site! For reservations, or more information, call the Campground directly at (606) 673-1492 and mention The Unbridled Adventure Race.

For more info call 859-468-3316 or email Dallas at [email protected].

Pine Mountain State Resort Park