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Best Trails of Kentucky

hiking, road biking, mountain biking, walking, running,

 

#1. Courthouse Rock and Double Arch
A commanding ridgetop view of the Red River Gorge, and an unusual rock arch. Courthouse Rock, a boulder the size of an office building, is one of the landmarks of the gorge area. Another is Double Arc...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Stanton, KY - Hiking - 6.1 miles


#2. Bernheim Forest
Quiet ridgetops and hollows in a handsome hardwood forest. For decades Bernheim Forest offered hikers only relatively short paths, most of them less than 2 miles. In the year 2000, however, Bernheim r...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Louisville, KY - Hiking - 13.6 miles


#3. Mammoth Cave Park Long Loop
Scenic hollows and ridgetops along the Green and Nolin Rivers. Mammoth Cave, the largest cave system in the world, has more than 350 miles of known underground passageways and possibly hundreds of mor...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Bowling Green, KY - Hiking - 15.7 miles


#4. Mammoth Cave Tours
The 32-mile Ferry Loop crosses two ferries on its way around the western two-thirds of the park. It follows gravel roads for six miles of its length. The Flint Ridge Loop covers 12 miles of the easter...
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
Hiking Trails
Mammoth Cave, KY - Mountain Biking - 32 miles


#5. Gray's Arch
A 50-foot-high natural arch, and a small, shady creek with inviting wading pools. Natural arches are formed over thousands of years as water and wind eat away soft rock and leave harder strata behind....
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Stanton, KY - Hiking - 3.3 miles


#6. Koomer Ridge
A forest walk, much of it on or near ridgetops, to a small rock arch and a scenic stream. Logging, aided by the construction of rail lines, came to this remote gorge with a vengeance in the late 1800s...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Stanton, KY - Hiking - 7.7 miles )


#7. Berea Forest
Five overlooks with striking views of rolling central Kentucky farmland. Located in the town of the same name, Berea College is a highly rated liberal arts school that gives a tuition-free education t...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Berea, KY - Hiking - 6.7 miles


#8. Jefferson County Forest
Pleasantly wooded ridges and hollows with limited views north toward the Ohio River and Indiana. Local officials call the Jefferson County Memorial Forest the nation’s “largest public urban forest.” T...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Louisville, KY - Hiking - 13 miles


#9. North - South Trail
Quiet coves and ridgetops along Kentucky Lake. Whatever its exact length, the trail is a lovely backpacking route along Kentucky Lake, with a good mix of shoreline stretches and ridgetop bluffs. There...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Calvert City, KY - Hiking - 31 miles


#10. Yahoo Falls
Kentucky’s highest waterfall, and a walk along Big South Fork. This hike starts and ends in the Daniel Boone National Forest, but most of the walking is in the Big South Fork National River and Recrea...
From the guidebook "Hiking Kentucky"
Hiking Trails
Whitley City, KY - Hiking - 8.5 miles

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