Kentucky Trail Towns

The Kentucky Wildlands are home to the majority of certified Kentucky Trail Towns, which connect trail users with beautiful, serene natural environments, such as the Red River Gorge, Cave Run Lake, Breaks Interstate Park, Daniel Boone National Forest, and many other spectacular state parks and recreational areas. Kentucky Trail Towns are easy-access hubs for outdoor adventures, as well as local culture and amenities. Located near some of the best outdoor recreation areas throughout the state, Kentucky Trail Towns offer all types of trail connections (hiking, mountain biking, climbing, horseback riding and off-road vehicle), unique local attractions, and authentic Appalachian culture and heritage experiences, along with numerous outdoor services to visitors and locals.

Kentucky Trail Towns also provide services for water trail users and access points to the bountiful scenic rivers, lakes and creeks that are home to world-class fishing, paddling (all skill levels), boating, jet-skiing, waterskiing, tubing and swimming.

Locally owned restaurants, breweries, boutiques, music venues and festivals, in addition to seasonal town-sponsored events, such as Christmastime fairs and parades, can be found in Kentucky’s Trail Towns. You’ll find a variety of comfortable lodging options, from major hotel chains and historic Victorian-era B&Bs to state resort parks and spacious campgrounds that accommodate picturesque primitive camping and RVs. 

Kentucky Trail Towns offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience in The Kentucky Wildlands.

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