Best Hiking in Kentucky

This list represents the most popular hiking in Kentucky. Use this list to plan your next Kentucky hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Courthouse Rock and Double Arch

    17 Reviews

    Slade, KY

    A commanding ridgetop view of the Red River Gorge and an unusual rock arch are the chief rewards of this hike. Courthouse Rock, a boulder the size of an office building, is one of the landmarks ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A commanding ridgetop view of the Red River Gorge and an unusual rock arch are the chief rewards of this hike. Courthouse ...

  • #2 Bernheim Forest Trail

    10 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    Deer, wildflowers, and a good number of ups and downs are your companions on this long day hike across quiet ridgetops and hollows in a handsome hardwood forest.
    •  7 hours
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Deer, wildflowers, and a good number of ups and downs are your companions on this long day hike across quiet ridgetops and ...

  • #3 Berea Forest

    7 Reviews

    Berea, KY

    Five different overlooks connected by this moderate ridgeline trail provides striking views of rolling central Kentucky farmland.This is a great hike for a clear, sunny day and appropriate for ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Five different overlooks connected by this moderate ridgeline trail provides striking views of rolling central Kentucky farmland.This ...

  • #4 Natural Arch

    6 Reviews

    Whitley City, KY

    Natural Arch is one of Kentucky’s largest and provides a dramatic send-off for this walk along streams and through woodlands. Natural Arch is either 50 feet (in height) by 90 feet (in length) ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Natural Arch is one of Kentucky’s largest and provides a dramatic send-off for this walk along streams and through woodlands. ...

  • #5 Jefferson Memorial Forest

    5 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    Pleasantly wooded ridges and hollows with limited views north toward the Ohio River and Indiana are the terrain for this day hike south of Louisville. Local officials call the Jefferson Memorial ...
    •  6 hours
    •  13.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Pleasantly wooded ridges and hollows with limited views north toward the Ohio River and Indiana are the terrain for this ...

  • #6 Grays Arch Loop

    7 Reviews

    Campton, KY

    This loop hike has a lot of ups and downs, literally. Leave the Grays Arch trailhead and enjoy some views before coming to the massive stone feature for which this loop is named. Grays Arch is ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike has a lot of ups and downs, literally. Leave the Grays Arch trailhead and enjoy some views before coming to ...

  • #7 Red River Gorge End-to-End

    1 Reviews

    Stanton, KY

    This end-to-end backpack travels through the Red River Gorge Scenic Area. From Whittleton Campground at Natural Bridge State Park, the Sheltowee Trace joins national forest land and nears Whittleton ...
    •  9.5 hours
    •  17.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This end-to-end backpack travels through the Red River Gorge Scenic Area. From Whittleton Campground at Natural Bridge State ...

  • #8 Carter Caves State Resort Park

    3 Reviews

    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 ...
    •  6 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The caves beneath Kentucky’s Carter County have been drawing visitors for a long, long time. Early settlers extracted raw ...

  • #9 Pilot Knob

    5 Reviews

    Clay City, KY

    If you want a magnificent view west and north into the Kentucky Bluegrass region, this hike to the top of Pilot Knob is perfect.
    •  2 hours
    •  3.65 miles
    •  Guide

    If you want a magnificent view west and north into the Kentucky Bluegrass region, this hike to the top of Pilot Knob is ...

  • #10 Kentucky River Palisades

    5 Reviews

    Nicholasville, KY

    This short walk down to the banks of the Kentucky River allows you to admire the towering palisades that line both sides of the river. In the early evening the tops of the Kentucky River Palisades ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This short walk down to the banks of the Kentucky River allows you to admire the towering palisades that line both sides ...

  • #11 Chimney Top Overnight Loop

    3 Reviews

    Campton, KY

    This overnight loop traverses the south side of the Red River Gorge. Start on the Koomer Ridge Trail, visiting Hidden Arch, then dip into the Right Fork Chimney Top Creek watershed and spend ...
    •  7.25 hours
    •  10.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This overnight loop traverses the south side of the Red River Gorge. Start on the Koomer Ridge Trail, visiting Hidden Arch, ...

  • #12 Otter Creek

    6 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    A grand view of the Ohio River is the top prize of this hike on a bluff above the river valley. Located in Meade County, the 2,600-acre Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area was once operated by ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A grand view of the Ohio River is the top prize of this hike on a bluff above the river valley. Located in Meade County, ...

  • #13 Yahoo Falls

    4 Reviews

    Whitley City, KY

    Kentucky’s highest waterfall, a 70-foot-wide natural arch, and a walk along Big South Fork are included on this hike through a part of the Big South Fork Recreation Area. This hike starts and ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Kentucky’s highest waterfall, a 70-foot-wide natural arch, and a walk along Big South Fork are included on this hike through ...

  • #14 Mammoth Cave Big Hollow Loop Trails

    2 Reviews

    Bowling Green, KY

    These loop trails offer quiet contemplative walking in a less visited area of Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave, the most extensive cave system in the world, has more than 365 miles of ...
    •  5 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    These loop trails offer quiet contemplative walking in a less visited area of Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave, the ...

  • #15 Fort Knox

    2 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    Fort Knox, famous as the nation’s gold depository, is a 170-square-mile army training facility for tank and other armored crews. On a small corner of this huge base are two short trails open ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Fort Knox, famous as the nation’s gold depository, is a 170-square-mile army training facility for tank and other armored ...

  • #16 Middle Creek: Two Loops

    4 Reviews

    Florence, KY

    This hike consists of two separate but nearby loops on wooded ridges with wild flowers and some limited views across the Ohio River valley. Together, these two short loop walks in the rolling ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike consists of two separate but nearby loops on wooded ridges with wild flowers and some limited views across the ...

  • #17 Yahoo Falls Overnight Loop

    3 Reviews

    Whitley City, KY

    This section of the Trace travels the stretch of the Big South Fork River corridor in which where the river is impounded as part of Lake Cumberland, passing a trail shelter and old homesite before ...
    •  8.25 hours
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This section of the Trace travels the stretch of the Big South Fork River corridor in which where the river is impounded ...

  • #18 Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley

    1 Reviews

    London, KY

    This Sheltowee Trace trek enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to beautiful Cane Creek with its large rock slabs perfect for picnicking or listening to the water ...
    •  4.75 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This Sheltowee Trace trek enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to beautiful Cane Creek with ...

  • #19 Bad Branch

    3 Reviews

    Whitesburg, KY

    The bare-rock crest of Pine Mountain provides spectacular vistas to the north.You also visit a 60-foot waterfall on this walk through a little-known preserve on the state’s southeastern edge. ...
    •  5 hours
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The bare-rock crest of Pine Mountain provides spectacular vistas to the north.You also visit a 60-foot waterfall on this ...

  • #20 Natural Bridge Trail

    7 Reviews

    Daniel Boone National Forest, KY

    Natural Bridge Trail is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  0.2 miles

    Natural Bridge Trail is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.2 miles ...