Kentucky State Parks Trails

To find trails in Kentucky state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Yatesville Lake State Park—Eagle Ridge :: Louisa, KY

The Eagle Ridge Campground is a full-facility campground with wellmanicured sites. Most have pads, grills, and picnic tables. Each section has a bathroom, showers, and laundry. There is a boat launch ramp near Eagle Ridge along KY 3215; however,

Kincaid Lake State Park :: Falmouth, KY

The 183-acre Kincaid Lake has a 10-horsepower motor limit. Kincaid Lake State Park offers rowboat, motorboat, pedal boat, and pontoon boat rentals; bait and tackle are also sold here. The campground offers a variety of other activities, including hik

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Campground :: Daniel Boone National Forest, KY

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is one of Kentucky’s best locations, with something for everyone. Many come here to explore the Red River Gorge. You can choose among twelve hiking trails, ranging from 0.3 mile to about 4 miles long. If you want to d

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park :: Gilbertsville, KY

This is one of Kentucky’s finest campgrounds. With over 200 campsites, it’s also one of the state’s busiest campgrounds. I’ve stayed here a few times, and it seems new to me each time I visit. It’s a long walk just to walk around this place. While yo

Lake Malone State Park Campground :: Dunmor, KY

Lake Malone is known statewide as a premiere bass fishing lake. It’s also known as a very good bluegill lake—and not just any bluegill, but the redear sunfish (more commonly known as the shellcracker). The shellcracker (Lepomis microlophus) is one of

Cumberland Falls State Park Campground :: Corbin, KY

If you are interested in visiting Cumberland Falls, this campground is the place to be. I have stayed here many times. Most of the campsites are flat; however, some are on an incline. Both pull-through and back-in sites are available here. If you hav

Kingdom Come State Park Campground :: Cumberland, KY

This land of superlatives deserves more business. I rate it one of Kentucky’s finest state parks. The natural setting is ideal: the heavily wooded ridgetop of Pine Mountain, with numerous rock outcrops offering scenic vistas of the surrounding Appa

Fort Boonesborough State Park Campground :: Winchester, KY

Pitch your tent where Daniel Boone did back in 1775. Specifically, he spied out Sycamore Flats, the primitive camping area at what is now the state park, for his fort out of which a town would grow. Before he could get started, though, one of his com

Carter Caves State Park Campground :: Olive Hill, KY

If you like a wide variety of activities concentrated into one area, Carter Caves is the place for you. The fact that it is honeycombed with numerous caverns is given away in its name. Visitors can tour them in varied fashion from easy walking tours

General Burnside Island State Park Campground :: Burnside, KY

At the point where the state park is currently located, there was a high point around which the Cumberland River made a sharp bend. When the river was dammed downstream and Lake Cumberland formed, an island was formed on the high point, creating what

Dale Hollow Lake State Park Campground :: Burkesville, KY

Dale Hollow is one of Kentucky’s larger state parks, at 3,400 acres. And the fact that it is on a peninsula and nearly surrounded by water makes it seem more in the back of beyond. This water, Dale Hollow Lake, is what many consider to be the prettie

Cumberland Falls State Park Campground :: Corbin, KY

The scenery around here is stunning, whether you’re looking at the park’s namesake falls; hiking along the Cumberland River, where rich woods and massive boulders lie below sheer cliff lines; seeing an old homesite on the Blue Bend Loop; or photograp

Pennyrile Forest State Park Campground :: Dawson Springs, KY

This state park is large in size and beauty. Grass grows around the large gravel camping pads. The pines give way to deciduous trees at a small auto turnaround. Beyond here begin the park’s eight equestrian sites. The campground used to have more

Lake Malone State Park Campground :: Lewisburg, KY

Lake Malone is a small state park. However, it makes the most of its small size. The setting here helps. Some may argue this point, but Lake Malone may be the Bluegrass State’s most attractive impoundment. The bluffs of Lake Malone and primitive site

Lake Barkley State Park Campground :: Cadiz, KY

You will be surprised at the beauty of this hilly park adjacent to Lake Barkley. Lake Barkley State Park is a few miles east of the heart of Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area, on the Little River Arm of Lake Barkley. The park’

Columbus - Belmont State Park Campground :: Columbus, KY

Kentucky’s best camping in the “Far West” is perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. You won’t believe the trees at this park. There are some huge ones—cottonwoods, sugar maples, and oaks—throughout this preserve located on dramatic

Shawnee State Park :: Saint Paul, KY

Located in a part of the state sometimes called “The Little Smokies” because of its wooded hills and deep valleys, Shawnee State Park is surrounded by the largest state forest on Ohio. It has a lot to offer. For starters, its two lakes, Roosevelt and

Columbus-Belmont State Park Campground :: Columbus, KY

Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 156-acre site that played a fascinating role in the War between the States. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, fought to overtake the Confederate stronghold here, marked the opening of the Union’s Western Campaign. It was al

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Campground :: Dawson Springs, KY

This campground, located in the Pennyrile State Forest, comprises a little over 14,000 acres of woodland forest. It includes a 53-acre lake, an eighteen-hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts, and a lodge with a full-service dining room. Alth

John James Audubon State Park Campground :: Henderson, KY

The park preserves the peaceful woods where John James Audubon walked as he studied the subjects of his paintings. The park is highlighted by the John James Audubon Museum and Nature Center. If you are into birding, put this place on your must-vis

Barren River Lake State Resort Park Campground :: Lucas, KY

This campground is what I call a classic state park facility, and I mean that in a good way. The roads are paved, and the park is clean and offers beautiful views of the countryside. Walking trails lead out of the camping area, and there are plenty o

Nolin Lake State Park Campground :: Mammoth Cave, KY

This campground has about anything you could want. I found it to be a peaceful place. This lake holds large populations of bass, walleye, catfish, and crappie and is considered to be a good fishing destination. Its location, just north of Mammoth Cav

Lake Cumberland State Park Campground :: Jamestown, KY

This campground is located a few miles from the lake. While it has just about anything you could want, some of the roads are narrow. Coming in and out of the campground is on a grade that some big rigs find difficult. I have stayed here many times an

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park :: Somerset, KY

This campground is on my favorites list, not so much for the campground itself but because I love Dale Hollow Lake. It’s the home of the world record smallmouth bass, and trophy smallmouth bass are caught from this lake every year. Smallmouth fishing

Green River Lake State Park :: Campbellsville, KY

This campground is another location on my favorites list, and it’s no secret why I love this place. There are only a few lakes in the state of Kentucky with a high muskie population, and Green River Lake is one of them. The lake is teeming with fish,

My Old Kentucky Home State Park :: Bardstown, KY

It’s worth the visit if you long to see the grand beauty of a time gone by. Local tours are conducted by people dressed in period costume, and you’ll see and hear the sights and sounds of Stephen Foster’s song “My Old Kentucky Home.” The campground h

Taylorsville Lake State Park :: Louisville, KY

The campground has some narrow roads, and the pads are gravel. The equestrian sites are all pull-through and easy to get to. There’s plenty of shade, a nice playground for the kids, and a convenient ATM in the lobby of the lodge. The fishing is very

Big Bone Lick State Park :: Covington, KY

Big Bone Campground is a modern, full-service tourist attraction. Considering that the lake is only a little over 7 acres, you might wonder why the campground is so popular. It’s simple: The scientific community recognizes the site as the “Birthplace

General Butler State Resort Park :: Carrollton, KY

This campground and resort park is a popular destination. The entire area is considered adventure tourism at its best. Whether you’re a history buff or are looking for your next outdoor adventure, there is something for everyone here—from golf, fishi

Fort Boonesborough State Park Campground :: Richmond, KY

This state park’s namesake fort was founded in 1775 by Daniel Boone, and the park’s main feature is a full-scale replica of the original fort, complete with living historians. Most tourists who visit come here to witness the history of the area. It’s

Grayson Lake State Park :: Olive Hill, KY

The campground is located on a hill across from the lake. The main road leading into the campground is paved; however, some of the loops are gravel. The campground has a lot of shade, and the sites are easy to pull into. The laundry is centrally loca

Carter Caves State Park Campground :: Olive Hill, KY

If you are looking for a place that is small but packed with things to do, then Carter Caves should fill the bill. In addition to exploring the caves, you can explore the miniature golf course, horseback riding, and fishing lake. The area has plenty

Greenbo Lake State Park :: Greenup, KY

The campground is very popular with visiting tourist and locals alike. This campground has about anything you could ask for. The only negative is that some of the campsites are close together. The campground is easy to drive to, very clean, and a gre

Fishtrap Lake State Park :: Shelbiana, KY

The park’s main campground is the Grapevine camping area, which offers both standard electric and tent sites, a playground, wireless connectivity, and a place to launch your boat to fish for bass, bluegill, and catfish. This is the shelter area of th

Staffordsville—Paintsville Lake State Park :: Staffordsville, KY

Paintsville Lake and the campground are nestled among the wooded mountain coves of Eastern Kentucky. Teeming with wildlife and affording some great fishing, this campground should be on your bucket list of places to visit. The lake has one of the lar

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park :: Prestonsburg, KY

The campground is rich in history and staffed with friendly people ready to help make sure your stay is all you hoped it would be. You may find yourself returning more times than you ever expected. This campground, like all Kentucky state parks, proh

Pilot's Knob State Park Trail :: Powell County, KY

Pilot's Knob State Park Trail is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 802 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 951 feet. The Pilot's Knob State Park Parking is

Natural Bridge State Park Campground :: Slade, KY

This state park’s centerpiece, Natural Bridge, is the start of many sights to see. Other activities include hiking, nature study, and swimming. Come here to check out the unusual rock formations, ride the skylift, and fish. Whatever you do, stay

Paintsville Lake State Park Campground :: Paintsville, KY

The walk-in tent campsites are the star of the show at this campground, which opened in 2001. Paintsville Lake was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which spared no expense in putting this recreation destination together. The campgro

Yatesville Lake State Park Campground :: Louisa, KY

A newer campground can be good in many ways. Obviously, the facilities will be in good shape and not worn down by troops of campers over decades of use. Being new lends a sense of being among the first to “discover” a new place. But the best aspect o

Tygarts Creek: Olive Hill to Caves State Park :: Olive Hill, KY

Originating in southwestern Carter County, Tygarts Creek flows northeast through Carter and Greenup Counties to empty into the Ohio River across the river from Portsmouth, Ohio. The best paddling section, however, runs from Olive Hill to Carter Caves

Carter Caves State Resort Park :: Olive Hill, KY

The caves beneath Kentucky’s Carter County have been drawing visitors for a long, long time. Early settlers extracted raw materials from them, and for decades their exploration has been a source of recreation. Cave tours were being conducted long bef

John James Audubon State Park :: Henderson, KY

This hike loops through a hardwood forest with lots of songbirds and a small lake. Naturalist John James Audubon (1785–1851), famous for his realistic paintings of birds, lived in Henderson for nine years, roaming the woods and sketching wildlife.

Columbus - Belmont State Park :: Columbus, KY

You get a magnificent view of the Mississippi River, and take in some impressive Civil War earthworks, on this little hike at the state’s western tip.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Trail :: Cadiz, KY

Exploring Kentucky’s largest state park, this hike takes you to a nice spot on the Lake Barkley shoreline and into the surrounding woods. With 3,700 acres, this is the largest park in the state system. It’s also one of the most popular. As the “resor

General Butler State Park :: Carrollton, KY

This pleasant hike through woods and open meadows includes a side trip to a stone lookout that provides a view of the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers. General Butler State Park, one of Kentucky’s first parks, is named for General William O

Kincaid Lake State Park Hike :: Falmouth, KY

This hilly walk explores the rolling terrain of a hard-to-reach but easy-to-stay-awhile Northern Kentucky state park. Though a lake is the park’s central feature, this loop only briefly comes near the lake after leaving developed facilities for a ste

Big Bone Lick State Park Hike :: Union, KY

This hike visits historic Big Bone Lick, a place once populated by prehistoric animals, such as mastodons, giant sloths, and wooly mammoths. Their bones, left in the bogs surrounding salt licks and mineral springs, are an important archaeological sit

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park :: Fairview, KY

Plan to spend at least 3 hours enjoying the many historical features along the hike. Budget enough time to enjoy a meal at the lodge and explore the Pioneer Museum. Includes Licking River, Savanna Loop, and Heritage Loop hikes.

General Butler State Resort Park :: Carrollton, KY

The view of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers from the Stone Overlook is incredible, and the restaurant at the resort lodge is very good. Plus you can burn off dessert on the 6-mile hike up and down hills.