Kentucky Tourism

Wonderful Wildflowers

Spring is a great time to enjoy the wonder of wildflowers at Kentucky State Parks! Make plans to attend one of these park events to learn more about this beautiful part of nature!

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

Wildflower Pilgrimage, April 21
The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with emerging blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor. During the Wildflower Pilgrimage, you will be able to experience the beauty of the area during special programming focusing on the flora, fauna, and history of the Carter Caves area. A special thanks goes out to the Friends of Carter Caves for the 2018 event. Due to their generosity, this year's event is free, with no registration necessary. The Friends of Carter Caves will be offering a hotdog luncheon on Saturday, April 21, with all proceeds from the luncheon going back to Carter Caves State Resort Park! For more information, call the park at 606-286-4411.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Wildflower Extravaganza, April 14
As the winter forest awakens, spring wildflowers emerge and create a blanket of beauty within John James Audubon State Park.  Join a naturalist in the search for newly appearing flora.  Several hikes of varying lengths are planned, as well as a midday scavenger hunt for kids age 3-10. Native American and early pioneer uses and folklore about the plants will be shared. Hikes depart from the Audubon Museum Front Porch. Activities are free. Call 270-826-2247.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Spring Wildflowers and Wild Edibles Hike, April 14
Join the park naturalist for a free morning hike to celebrate and discover the springtime treasures of wildflowers and edible plants. The group will go for about a 1.5-mile stroll, exploring the bounty of the forest as we go. The search will include looking for plants such as redbud blooms, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, and more, and learn about their folklore, natural history, and edible uses. Meet at the lodge at 10:30 a.m. and be ready for a short caravan to the trailhead. Dress for trail walking. For more information, contact Aviva Yasgur at 270-362-9205 or [email protected].

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Second Saturday Hike on Wildflowers, April 14
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on April 14 for another hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of April’s hike will be spring wildflowers. The hike will go searching for spring wildflowers and will teach participants how to identify flower species in the wild. The hike starts at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from the lobby of the lodge. No reservations are necessary to participate in 2nd Saturday Hikes.
For more information call 270-924-1131 or email [email protected]

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Kentucky Native Plant Society Wildflower Weekend, April 13-14
Natural Bridge will host the Kentucky Native Plant Society Wildflower Weekend. Come discover the amazing floral diversity of Natural Bridge and the surrounding area during this weekend, full of guided hikes and evening presentations. For more information, visit the KNPS website: For park information, call 606-663-2214.

Nolin Lake State Park, Mammoth Cave -
Wildflower Walks, May 5
The Friends of Nolin Lake and Nolin Lake State Park will host annual wildflower walks on the Brier Creek Trail System on May 5. Make plans for a fun day of identifying spring wildflowers on the park's scenic trails. Two free hikes will be at 10 a.m. (CST) and 2 p.m. and will depart from Brier Creek Trailhead in Nolin Lake State Park. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is suggested. This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Hikes may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous weather/driving conditions. Call 270-286-4240.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Wildflower Hikes, April 7 and May 3
Come take a stroll with the Pennyrille Forest State Resort Park naturalist on April 7 for the free monthly hiking series. The theme of the April hike is early wildflowers. We will go hiking and look for spring wildflowers! Our goal is to teach participants how to identify flower species in their own backyard. Another wildflower hike will be May 3 to look for late-blooming flowers. Meet in the Lodge Lobby at 10 a.m. (CST) both days. Feel free to bring your pet on a leash. You can contact [email protected] or 270-797-3421 for more information. 

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

Wild Wonderful Wildflower Hikes, April 21
Enjoy a series of hikes at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville. Hikes start at 9 a.m. There will also be a guest speaker for this event. For more information, call 606-337-3066.