Outdoors and State Parks in Kentucky
Kentucky has an adventure for every outdoor enthusiast. There are thousands of miles of rivers, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and numerous caves for you to explore. Climb, fish, bike, boat, hike or simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Kentucky's park.
Red River Gorge (Stanton)
There's Only One...Red River Gorge. Kentucky’s Red River Gorge will amaze you with its breath-taking landscape, natural bridge and other unique geological features. Visitors can enjoy hiking a nature trail, camping at a scenic campsite, cosy cabin rentals and more while visiting the Red River Gorge. The area is also popular with climbers and features a variety of zipline adventures for fun-seekers.
Dale Hollow State Resort Park
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park is located in south-central Kentucky in the Cumberland River basin on the Obey River. Dale Hollow Lake is a 27,700 acre lake, which boasts great fishing for bass, crappie, muskie, trout, walleye, catfish and bream, spearfish for rough fish, 15 miles of multi-use trails, boat ramp, full service marina with boat rentals, 18 hole premier golf course and 145 site campground.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Located just southwest of Corbin this park is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Here you will find Cumberland Falls, sometimes called the Little Niagara, or the Niagara of the South (the largest waterfall south of the Niagara). Many people visit the falls to witness a natural phenomenon called moonbow. The moonbow is a lunar rainbow that sometimes forms over the falls under a full moon on clear nights and an arch of white light is usually produced at the base of the falls. This phenomenon is not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere! The area is also a natural choice for water-sports enthusiasts, offering white-water rafting, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. Landlubbers will enjoy the hiking and horseback riding opportunities in this lovely area. The State Park offers great camping facilities and spots.
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
As part of America’s great outdoors since 1963, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. The family friendly recreation area offers one of the largest blocks of undeveloped forest in the eastern United States. With 300 miles of natural shoreline, lake access provides idyllic settings for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and water sports. Licensed hunts for deer, turkey, squirrel and other small game animals occur throughout the year. Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area draws visitors from around the world to explore the nooks and crannies and escape into nature. People also enjoy the authentic experiences provided by the Woodlands Nature Station, Elk & Bison Prairie, the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, Golden Pond Planetarium and our observatory. Dispersed conservation education can be found throughout the recreation area. For more than 6,000 years, people have lived on Land Between The Lakes. Visit this “land between the rivers” to learn why.
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Beneath the forested hills of this resort, nature has hidden more than 20 twisting caverns. Explore Cascade Cave, where you'll discover a 30-foot underground waterfall. Another must-see is X Cave at Carter Caves, where, for millions of years, nature has formed luminous stone fans, pipes and spirals. Above ground, the Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing game of golf on our 9-hole golf course, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking on 20 miles of single and multi-use trails.
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