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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. 

 

Please be mindful that pets are not allowed on any park trails that share land with State Nature Preserves or are in protected archaeological areas. This includes Wickliffe Mounds SHS and all but one trail at Natural Bridge SRP and John James Audubon SP. Also, a few trails at Cumberland Falls, Carter Caves, Pine Mountain, and Blue Licks Battlefield State Parks are part of nature preserves.  These trails will be posted as such. 

 

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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Kenlake State Resort Park
0.7-mile trail over wooded terrain. May be hiked with Chickasaw Trail to increase distance to 1.7 miles total.
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Kenlake State Resort Park
A 1-mile trail that travels through a wooded area along lake. May be hiked with the Cherokee Trail to increase distance.
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Columbus-Belmont State Park
2.5 miles, self-guided hiking trail, travel over bluffs, massive earthen works that formed Confederate bluffs
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
1 mile, self guided nature trail, trailhead located in front of Dupont Lodge, connects with trail 5 and will lead to Cabin area 2, trail ends back at lodge parking lot
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Claylick loop trail is marked in blue blazes and begins where the sign says Park Marina. The trail follows forest ridgelines, descends down towards the lake and circles back to the…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Following the route of an abandoned railroad grade, Clear Creek Hollow Trail parallels Clear Creek stream throughout its length. This old railway route, formerly a spur off the L&N…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
.25 mile linear/looped trail, trailhead located across from golf course entrance, shagbark hickory, tulip poplar and giant sycamores all found along trail, dense vegetation,…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
1 mile trail, spur off Marina Main Trail, rated easy.
Southern Kentucky Vacations
Southern Kentucky Vacations
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
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
1 mile looped nature trail with a soil and root surface, easy to moderate trail rating, features include an old farm cistern, views of the beach, seasonal streams, wildflowers,…
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes