Best Parks For A Hike in Kentucky
Are you looking for some fresh air? Maybe you need some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. Well, you’re in luck. Kentucky is home to some of the best hiking trails in the country. No matter where you are in the state, you are likely very close to a great hike in the woods. In this article, we will rank our “Top 5 Parks for a Hike in Kentucky”.
1) Daniel Boone National Forest
Starting off the list is a no-brainer. Daniel Boone National Forest is home to some of the best hiking trails in the country. The forest spans over 2 million acres across 21 eastern Kentucky counties. Home to lakes, rivers, streams and most notably the Red River Gorge. The Daniel Boone National Forest has 113 hiking trails in total ranging from a short 0.6 miles all the way to 38.1 miles – and plenty of elevation changes! So whether you are a beginner or expert hiker, there is something for everyone!
2) Cumberland Falls State Park
Located on the edge of Daniel Boone National Forest is the scenic Cumberland Falls State Park. The park, located in southeastern Kentucky, has 9 great hiking trails. The trails offer scenic views, river trails and of course waterfalls! Trails range is length from 1.3 miles to 20.8 miles. While the park is located a few hours from Lexington, it’s certainly worth the trip!
3) Mammoth Cave National Park
Who said hikes had to be above ground? Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the longest cave system in the world with over 400 miles of caves! This means plenty of great hiking. Mammoth Cave has 30 great hiking trails for hikers of any experience level. While the unique trails are underground, many of the trails are above ground and dog-friendly.
4) Natural Bridge State Park
Another great park situated within Daniel Boone National Forest is Natural Bridge State Park. Natural Bridge is home to 14 great hiking trails and plenty of unique geological features. Trails range from 0.8 miles all the way to 16.6 miles. If you are in the area, you’ll want to check out nearby Red River Gorge which offers more trails and plenty of great camping and other activities.
5) Carter Caves State Resort Park
Last on the list is another great Kentucky cave system, Carter Caves State Resort Park. While not nearly as large as Mammoth Cave, Carter Caves offer plenty of great sight-seeing trails. The caves have 6 trails ranging in length from 0.5 miles to 9.1 miles and are all easy or moderate difficulty. While you’re there you can book a cave tour, canoe tour or enjoy lunch at the resort’s restaurant!
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