Flooding in Eastern Kentucky has impacted our friends and neighbors in many areas of The Kentucky Wildlands. Some locations were affected, but not all. We are still welcoming visitors and encourage you to check with specific destinations and attractions to ensure that they are open and if they have any change in offerings or hours.

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Trail Towns of The Kentucky Wildlands

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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Hidden Gems in the Kentucky Wildlands

Bear Wallow Farm

Create memories and traditions with some down-home fun on the farm. Visit a 1900...

Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area

This 7,000 acre Black Mountain Offroad Adventure area is every outdoor enthusiasts...

Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country...

Worth Adding to Your Kentucky Bucket List

Morehead

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the historic downtown walking trail, a scenic bike ride on the Cave Run Loop (both bicycle and motorcycle), a rugged hike on 1,400-foot Limestone Knob, rock climbing one of 60 routes on the crag at...