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Trails

There’s no experience quite like hiking the finest trails in The Bluegrass State. No matter what type of hiker you are, you’ll find a trail to enjoy here. Our state parks offer access to everything from family-friendly nature trails of only a few miles to multi-week long-distance backpacking adventures where you can really rough it.
 

These trails can show you a lot of things: local wildlife and flora, incredible geologic displays, fun and secluded backpacker campsites and much more. 
 

Browse the state parks below to find your next great hike and start planning your trip today, whether it’s for a few hours or a few days. See you at the trailhead!

Kentucky Parks Trails

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park
This is the steepest trail in the park with more than 600 stairs. The trailhead is located off of the sidewalk behind Hemlock Lodge. At the trailhead, hikers are immediately faced…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Start at the Original trailhead, located off of the sidewalk behind the Hemlock Lodge and go up to the top of the first set of steps. Here, Battleship Rock Trail splits off to the…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
This short trail leads to a small but unusual limestone arch at the entrance to a cave. The cave is too small to be of much interest, but a nearby stairway leads into a sinkhole so…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Hood’s Branch Trail leads into the heart of Natural Bridge and is just long enough so the crowds will be left behind. The trail begins under Natural Bridge and follows the base of…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
This is a connecting trail between the Lakeside Parking Area and other park facilities. For many, this is a nice beginning to the hiking adventures that they will have at Natural…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Starting at the top of Natural Bridge, this is an easy walk around the rim of the cliffs. The trail goes past the sky lift and winds out the ridge to Lookout Point, the sandstone…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
This trail starts at the sky lift parking area and climbs the hill to two wooden footbridges. Once past the second footbridge, the trail makes a switchback and continues to climb…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
This trail was built in the 1890’s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. It is the most popular trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge. Beginning near the gift shop, the trail…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
To reach the Rock Garden trailhead, you must first start on the Original Trail, turn right onto the Battleship Rock Trail, and then after several minutes, you will see the Rock…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Our most challenging trail, Sand Gap requires 4-6 hours to complete. There are no shortcuts once you’ve started, so allow adequate time to make this trip before dark. Sand Gap…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country