Best Scenic Drives in Kentucky

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  • #1 Black Mountain - Kentucky Highpoint

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    Lynch, KY

    There is some confusion about the exact location of the highpoint on this fairly flat site. We walked around under the lookout tower, then headed about 50 yards east of the tower to a boulder ...
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    There is some confusion about the exact location of the highpoint on this fairly flat site. We walked around under the lookout ...

  • #2 Mammoth Cave National Park

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    Mammoth Cave, KY

    This is probably the largest system of caves in the world, but not even scientists are sure about that because not all of it has been explored yet. There are over 300 miles of mapped passageways ...
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    This is probably the largest system of caves in the world, but not even scientists are sure about that because not all of ...

  • #3 Old Frankfort Pike: One of Kentucky's Best Scenic Byways

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    Frankfort, KY

    This 16.9-mile drive is along Old Frankfort Pike that runs from Lexington to a point just southeast of Frankfort. This Kentucky Scenic Byway has been voted one of the 10 best scenic drives in ...
    •  16.9 miles
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    This 16.9-mile drive is along Old Frankfort Pike that runs from Lexington to a point just southeast of Frankfort. This Kentucky ...

  • #4 The Red River Gorge Loop: A Unique Geologic Area

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    Lexington, KY

    This 27-mile drive starts at Slade just off the Mountain Parkway southeast of Lexington. From there it winds back and forth across the parkway to the small town of Pine Ridge. At Pine Ridge, ...
    •  27 miles
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    This 27-mile drive starts at Slade just off the Mountain Parkway southeast of Lexington. From there it winds back and forth ...

  • #5 Fort Knox to Owensboro: Along the Ohio River

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    Brandenburg, KY

    This 102.7-mile drive begins at Fort Knox. When most of us hear the phrase Fort Knox, we think of gold, and lots of it. Some of us visualize Scrooge McDuck sitting in the middle of his pile of ...
    •  102.7 miles
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    This 102.7-mile drive begins at Fort Knox. When most of us hear the phrase Fort Knox, we think of gold, and lots of it. Some ...

  • #6 Lincoln's Birthplace to Lexington: Along the Bluegrass Parkway

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    Hodgenville, KY

    This 84-mile drive begins at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site just south of Hodgenville. From there, it follows part of the old Louisville to Nashville Turnpike north to ...
    •  84 miles
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    This 84-mile drive begins at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site just south of Hodgenville. From there, ...

  • #7 Covered Bridge Tour: History with a Roof

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    Flemingsburg, KY

    This 85-mile drive will take you to four of the best covered bridges in Kentucky that are still standing. Special attractions: Covered bridges. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic ...
    •  85 miles
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    This 85-mile drive will take you to four of the best covered bridges in Kentucky that are still standing. Special attractions: ...

  • #8 The Land Between the Lakes: The Best of the Western Water Lands

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    Grand Rivers, KY

    Our main drive follows The Trace about 35 miles to the Tennessee border, but The Trace continues for roughly 30 more miles into Tennessee. Although our drive along the Trace is fairly short, ...
    •  35 miles
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    Our main drive follows The Trace about 35 miles to the Tennessee border, but The Trace continues for roughly 30 more miles ...

  • #9 Owensboro / Russellville Loop: Scenic Driving in the West

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    Owensboro, KY

    This 150.9-mile drive begins in the Ohio River city of Owensboro and heads south, where it passes through Masonville, Hartford, Beaver Dam, Cromwell, Aberdeen, and Morgantown. Just beyond Morgantown, ...
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    This 150.9-mile drive begins in the Ohio River city of Owensboro and heads south, where it passes through Masonville, Hartford, ...

  • #10 Zilpo Road

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    Morehead, KY

    A 9.1-mile road across forested ridges and hollows to Cave Run Lake. Lying within the northern half of the Daniel Boone National Forest, the byway meanders a little more than 9 miles across forested ...
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    A 9.1-mile road across forested ridges and hollows to Cave Run Lake. Lying within the northern half of the Daniel Boone National ...

  • #11 Lexington to Green River Lake: There's Lots of History along U.S. Highway 68

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    Lexington, KY

    This 85-mile drive begins in Lexington and follows the highway past the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, through Harrodsburg, past the Perryville Battlefield Site, past some of the best views ...
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    This 85-mile drive begins in Lexington and follows the highway past the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, through Harrodsburg, ...

  • #12 Corbin to Parker's Lake: Past the Home of the Moonbow

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    Corbin, KY

    This is one of the shortest drives in the book, just 27.2 miles, but it is also one of the best. It begins in Corbin, the home of Colonel Sanders’ Kentucky Fried Chicken, winds past Cumberland ...
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    This is one of the shortest drives in the book, just 27.2 miles, but it is also one of the best. It begins in Corbin, the ...

  • #13 The Country Music Highway: From the Tennessee Border to the Ohio River

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    Jenkins, KY

    This 158-mile-long eTrail runs from the Virginia border to just northwest of Ashland. Called The Country Music Highway, this stretch of road honors Kentucky-native country music stars Billy Ray ...
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    This 158-mile-long eTrail runs from the Virginia border to just northwest of Ashland. Called The Country Music Highway, this ...

  • #14 Dover / Walcott Covered Bridge Tour: Ohio River Country

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    Maysville, KY

    On this 45-mile drive, you will begin in Maysville and follow the Ohio River west through Augusta to Wellsburg. At Wellsburg, the drive drops southeast to Brooksville, then heads back east through ...
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    On this 45-mile drive, you will begin in Maysville and follow the Ohio River west through Augusta to Wellsburg. At Wellsburg, ...

  • #15 Midway to Versailles: Bluegrass Horse Country

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    Midway, KY

    This 5.8-mile ramble is another short drive along one of Kentucky’s Scenic Byways. It follows the section of highway from the old railroad town of Midway past more of the magnificent horse farms ...
    •  5.8 miles
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    This 5.8-mile ramble is another short drive along one of Kentucky’s Scenic Byways. It follows the section of highway from ...

  • #16 Cave Run Lake Loop: 40-inch Muskies and Fall Color

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    Sudith, KY

    This 67.7-mile drive makes a long loop around 8,270-acre Cave Run Lake. Cave Run Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 with the primary purpose of controlling the downstream flooding ...
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    This 67.7-mile drive makes a long loop around 8,270-acre Cave Run Lake. Cave Run Lake was authorized by the Flood Control ...

  • #17 Frankfort to Florence: The State Capital to Big Bone Lick, with a Sidetrip to Rabbit Hash

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    Frankfort, KY

    This 128.5-mile drive begins in Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital, visits a town with the unlikely name of Rabbit Hash, and ends in Florence. From Frankfort, the drive heads northwest through Ca ...
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    This 128.5-mile drive begins in Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital, visits a town with the unlikely name of Rabbit Hash, and ends ...

  • #18 Hazard to Pineville: Coal Country to the Cumberland Gap

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    Hazard, KY

    This beautiful 107-mile drive begins near the old coal-mining town of Hazard and works its way past a town with the head-turning name of Sassafras, ambles by the entrance to Carr Creek State ...
    •  107 miles
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    This beautiful 107-mile drive begins near the old coal-mining town of Hazard and works its way past a town with the head-turning ...

  • #19 Bowling Green to Fort Knox: From Corvettes to Gold Bars

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    Bowling Green, KY

    On this 94.7-mile drive, you will leave the progressive city of Bowling Green and head to Fort Knox. As soon as you leave town, you will be in walls of trees with a nice view of the tree-covered ...
    •  94.7 miles
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    On this 94.7-mile drive, you will leave the progressive city of Bowling Green and head to Fort Knox. As soon as you leave ...

  • #20 Grayson to Paintsville: A Lake-to-Lake Tour

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    Grayson, KY

    The drive of 54.2 miles heads south from Grayson and winds past some rocky limestone road cuts past the entrance to Grayson Lake. From here, as it continues southwest, it twists and turns through ...
    •  54.2 miles
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    The drive of 54.2 miles heads south from Grayson and winds past some rocky limestone road cuts past the entrance to Grayson ...