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Outdoors Kentucky

We know what you’re thinking: Kentucky is all about bourbon and horses, right? There’s no denying that many memorable days do start with these storied activities, but they’ve got lots more up their sleeve. Whether you're into live music, craft beer, chef-driven cuisine, American history, family fun or exploring the outdoors, there's a Kentucky experience for you. No matter how long you're visiting, we've got endless ways to keep you busy.

No other place in America or indeed the world is as synonymous with horses as Kentucky, home to both the Horse Capital of the World (Lexington) and the Saddlebred Capital of the World (Shelbyville). Here you’ll find legendary horse racing tracks, a wide variety of equestrian activities, and pretty-as-a-picture farms where the most magnificent horses in the world graze on our famed bluegrass. Even if you don’t come to Kentucky a horse lover, you’ll almost certainly leave as one.

If it’s outdoor fun you want we’ve got it!  Kentucky invites visitors to explore the outdoor wonders of the Bluegrass State. From Mammoth Cave National Park to state parks throughout the state, Daniel Boone National Forest and Red River Gorge to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest known cave system, is one of the state’s most visited attraction. As well as cave tours there are also surface trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Be sure to check their website for the latest information on when other adventures above and below ground will resume.

With 45 State Parks, 30 of which feature campgrounds, the Bluegrass State is the ultimate summer outdoor destination. State Parks offer fun outdoor adventure opportunities, including: hiking, biking, paddling, boating, horseback riding and more. The portion of the Appalachian Mountains that stretches through eastern Kentucky is easily one of the most scenic areas in the United States.

The Daniel Boone National Forest in southern and eastern Kentucky is spread across 21 counties, with more than 708,000 acres managed by the national forest. Visitors can hike, camp, rock climb, boat, hunt, fish, ride, target shoot and relax.

The Red River Gorge Geological Area (RRG) has several natural outdoor attractions that draw visitors from near and far away. World-renowned for rock climbing and rappelling opportunities, RRG is one of the top destinations for these activities in the country! Soar through the area on a zip line for the ultimate adventure tour. There are plenty of trail opportunities in the area, too, as well as some great sites to camp or rent a cabin. Visit Natural Bridge, a beautiful 78-footlong sandstone arch located within RRG – it’s one of the most visited attractions in the state. Or take a nature hike to one of the area’s many waterfalls.

Miles of shoreline along lakes around the state (some within state parks and others not) offer water recreation opportunities for the whole family, such as Buckhorn Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Grayson Lake, Lake Cumberland, Nolin Lake and more. Another can’t miss outdoor destination is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky, which offers wildlife viewing, nature hikes, paddling or kayaking through waterways, fishing adventures and more.

Before visiting our wonderful outdoor attractions, please check their websites for the latest information and email if there's anything else you need.


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