Welcome to The Kentucky Wildlands. Rich in natural beauty, ancient forests, mist-shrouded mountains, soaring cliffs, lakes, adventurous outdoor recreation, culture, folklore, and tradition, this sprawling 14,000-square-mile region is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. The Kentucky Wildlands, a largely untamed wilderness spanning eastern and southern Kentucky is filled with the same breathtaking natural wonders Daniel Boone first set eyes on when he crossed the Cumberland Gap in 1769. And today, this wide-open playground is still waiting to be explored.

"Hills and mountains, rivers and valleys, forests and open stretches of fertile lands interspersed with rivers fed by pure springs, wind and out and up and down fertile valleys." These exact words described a traveler's first trip to eastern Kentucky more than 200 years ago. Yet, that could have easily been uttered just yesterday.


Photographing Fall Foliage

When we all want to "get back to normal," nature comes through for us. Just as they have for millennia, the colors of fall will sweep across The Kentucky Wildlands from late September...


Getting Away in The Kentucky Wildlands

Everything they said is pretty much true. I came to that conclusion sitting in a kayak in the middle of a pond in the heart of the Red River Gorge contemplating how long it would take to drift about a...


Kentucky’s Big South Fork Hiking Trails

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, located in scenic McCreary County and stretching across the border through several counties in Tennessee, is one of just nine national park...