Kentucky - Outdoor Activities

Kentucky has approximately 730 trails, including 434 hiking trails and 219 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 291.6 miles in length. The most popular trails are Chimney Top Overnight Loop, Bernheim Forest Trail and Jefferson Memorial Forest. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Kentucky was Keith C. who completed Goose Creek Loop at Tom Sawyer Park.

  • Courthouse Rock and Double ArchView Trail Details

    17 Reviews

    Slade, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Rock, a boulder the ...

  • Bernheim Forest TrailView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 hollows in a handsome ...

  • Grays Arch LoopView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Campton, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 the massive stone ...

  • Raven Run Nature SanctuaryView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Lexington, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  4.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This wooded walk outside Lexington goes to a fine overlook above the Kentucky River before descending into a scenic creek gorge.

  • Swift Camp CreekView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Campton, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful circular walk in the Clifty Wilderness takes you to a sizable creek perfect for cooling off on a hot day. Keep in mind that you ...

  • Berea ForestView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Berea, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Otter CreekView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    •  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, the 2,600-acre Otter ...

  • Canal Loop TrailView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Grand Rivers, KY

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    The Canal Loop Trail is a 14-mile network of excellent single-track paths-much of it tight, twisty, and exhilarating. Four connector trails allow ...

  • Pilot KnobView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Clay City, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 perfect.

  • Natural ArchView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Whitley City, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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. Natural Arch is ...

  • Jefferson Memorial ForestView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Louisville, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 day hike south of Louisville. ...

  • Bark Camp Creek ShelterView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Williamsburg, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Bark Camp Creek is one of the most scenic watersheds in Kentucky. There is no single feature that stands out, rather it has a constant evolving ...

  • Otter Creek TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Brandenburg, KY

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This eight-mile loop is perfect for cyclists of all skill levels. Except for a short stretch of this route that follows an abandoned double-track ...

  • Gray's ArchView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Slade, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A 50-foot-high natural arch and a small, shady creek with inviting wading pools highlight this Red River Gorge hike.This trail underwent major ...

  • Rock BridgeView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Campton, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful loop hike that is dog-friendly and short enough for children, it goes by a rock house, a waterfall, and a true natural bridge with ...

  • Kentucky River PalisadesView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Nicholasville, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 of the river. In the ...

  • Middle Creek: Two LoopsView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Florence, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Ohio River valley. Together, ...

  • North-South TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Grand Rivers, KY

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  31 miles
    •  Guide

    Finally, after all these years of mountain biking, we get to ride part of the North-South Trail! Only recently opened to mountain bikes, the ...

  • Natural Bridge LoopView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Stanton, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Talk about cramming a lot of features in one hike! This loop travels to and through some of Natural Bridge State Parks best features, including ...

  • Carter Caves State Resort ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Olive Hill, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 materials from them, ...

  • Bad BranchView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Whitesburg, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 walk through a little-known ...

  • Yahoo FallsView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Whitley City, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  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 a part of the Big ...

  • Mammoth Cave Turnhole BendView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Bowling Green, KY

    •  2 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a nice stroll down well-worn, shaded trails to a quiet campsite above a bend in the Green River. The walking is mostly level, and the ...

  • Higginson-Henry Wildlife Management AreaView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Morganfield, KY

    •  5 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wooded ridgetops and bottomlands full of intermittent streams offer the hiker pleasant walking and a good chance to see wild flowers, turkeys, ...

  • Mantle RockView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Marion, KY

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.75 miles
    •  Guide

    A large natural arch and a beautiful stream-crossed bottomland make this little hike a real gem. You also learn about an unfortunate chapter ...