young man with backpack hiking on lush path near rocky outcropping

Summer Safety Tips

Hike Smart at Kentucky State Parks!
Tips to make your experience safe and enjoyable


young couple stopping on trail for a drink of water⦁    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


mother leading family hike across creek, carrying water bottle⦁    Backpack
⦁    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.