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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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Carter Caves State Resort Park
One of our longer hiking trails that visits the park’s backcountry. Two suspension bridges are found on this trail. Johnson Home place is a backcountry campsite that requires a…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
One of our most scenic trails and passes unusual geologic features in the park, including the Cascade natural bridge, the Box Canyon and the wind tunnel. This trail is hilly and…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Multi use trail within Tygart State Forest that explores the picturesque valley of the stream less Cave Branch Creek which is flowing underground through Bat Cave before it…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
This short multi-use trail connects the Carter Caves Trail System to the Olive Hill Trail Town System. From the end of this trail, there is an 8 mile trail via paved roads that…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
This hilly, but scenic trail takes you from the ridges into the streamless valley of Horn Hollow, where you see multiple cave entrances. This trail is especially rewarding during…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Multi-use trail that passes the mature hardwood of Tygart State Forest, the scenic Smoky Creek valley and old home places in Kiser Hollow. This trail is steep and rocky in places.…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Impressive limestone natural bridge is one of the landmarks of the area and may be considered unique in Kentucky; it is the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
This trail is the most direct and easiest route to the delicately balanced sandstone arch, Raven Bridge. This ridgetop trail is fairly level and can be combined with the three…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Multi use ridgetop trail within Tygart State Forest follows the border around a hardwood tree reforestation project. During the warm season users need to be prepared for tick and…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Short connector trail between Three Bridges Trail and Raven Bridge trails. The trail takes you alongside some striking sandstone cliff faces. Yellow blazes mark trail.
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians