Hike Smart at Kentucky State Parks!
Tips to make your experience safe and enjoyable
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
⦁ How long is your chosen trail?
⦁ Is it a loop or do you need to allow for return mileage?
⦁ Is the trail terrain easy, moderate or strenuous? Is everyone in your group up for the level of activity?
⦁ How much time do you need? Average pace allows for 1.5 miles per hour on easy trails. Consider 1.2 miles per hour on a strenuous trail.
⦁ Does someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back?
⦁ What is the weather forecast?
⦁ Review Leave No Trace Principles
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT
⦁ Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
⦁ Hiking boots or shoes
⦁ Plenty of food
⦁ Plenty of water (minimum 2 cups (1/2 liter) of water per person for every hour of hiking)
⦁ Map and or trail guide
⦁ First-aid kit
⦁ Insect repellent and sunscreen
⦁ Trash bag
For boater safety information and classes courtesy of Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife click here.