Kentucky is known for many things: the Kentucky Derby, the birthplace of bourbon, Muhammad Ali and bluegrass music, to name a few. Hiking and outdoor adventures are not the first things that come to mind when thinking about Kentucky - but they should be!
Kentucky is home to eight parks and historic sites, including one national park, one national monument, two national historic parks, a national battlefield, a national river, and two national historic trails. From Mammoth Cave National Park and Land Between the Lakes in the western part of the state to Daniel Boone National Forrest and the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky capture the imagination and provides endless opportunities to explore some amazing natural wonders.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Welcome to the world's longest known cave system and one of the oldest tour attractions in North America. Visitors can choose between short introductory and tours to challenging all-day adventures and tours led by lantern light. Although the cave tours are the park's big attraction, there is plenty more to do, such as hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing and kayaking. To discover more click here.
Known as the “Niagara of the South,” Cumberland Falls is one of the most popular and well-known attractions in the state because of the infamous and rare “moonbow” phenomenon. To find more about Cumberland Falls read more...
Kentucky State Parks
Kentucky State Parks offer a great opportunity to explore some of the best natural wonders and striking landscapes of the state. Each park has its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands.
Here are some of the best known state parks
Red River Gorge – If hiking and rock climbing is you thing, you will find dozens of hiking options in the canyon system on the Red River, which is named Red River Gorge. One of the great places to start your exploring is Gray’s Arch Loop. This intricate canyon system takes you on four-mile path to see a 50-foot-tall and 80-foot-wide rock formation that is Gray’s Arch. You will find more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge Geological Area with some great opportunities for hiking and rock climbing. A great place to discover some of the greatest natural wonders of the state.
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) is the jewel of western Kentucky. A 170,000-acre wooded peninsula surrounded by Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, showcases some of the most beautiful beach and water views in the state.
Daniel Boone National Forest - The national forest is one of the less explored national wonders in Kentucky, although it covers more than two million it is yet to be discovered. It’s one of those amazing places that you stumble upon, spend a full day exploring and enjoying and leave wondering how you’d never previously heard of it.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is part of the Red River Gorge Geological Area. Formed over millions of years, the sandstone arch stretches more than 75 feet long and 65 feet high. The park itself boasts a 2,200 acre forested park and nature preserve with 22 miles of trails, a 60 acre lake.
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The Natural Wonders of Kentucky are waiting for you to discover!