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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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Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
502 Park Rd.
Difficult .6 mile – Walk around the Lake from the Gift Shop and follow the service road on the other side pass the Dam to find the start of Ivy Trail. The steady climb of this…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
John James Audubon State Park
(0.4 MILES)DIFFICULTY: EASY - MODERATEThe beautiful 0.4-mile Kentucky Coffeetree Trail must be accessed from other trails. To begin your hike, follow Warbler Road about 0.3-miles…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
General Butler State Resort Park
1 mile, connects the park's archery range to the Lock on Kentucky River, will be incorporated into Park to Park project, open to hikers and bikers.
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
John James Audubon State Park
(0.3 MILES) DIFFICULTY: EASY King Benson Trail is named for a former naturalist that worked at Audubon State Park. This relatively easy 0.3-mile trail has illustrated interpretive…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
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
Paintsville Lake State Park
1.6 mile trail, rated easy, plenty scenic views of lake, located across from administration building at the Mountain Home Place, wildlife viewing is also possible
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Guided trail rides are offered from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week during the summer. Rides leave on the hour, except at twelve noon. $18.00 per person.
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
4.0 miles, linear, trailhead located at activities center, numerous road crossings that allow for variations of length, ends at lake overlook, steep slopes and rough grades.
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Rough River Dam State Resort Park
1 mile, natural trail, travels along shoreline of lake, links lodge-cottage and marina, bird watching available along trail along with scenic views of lake
Bourbon, Horses & History
Bourbon, Horses & History