Trail Towns of The Kentucky Wildlands

Kentucky Trail Towns connect trail users with beautiful, serene natural environments, like Red River Gorge, Cave Run Lake, Breaks Interstate Park, Daniel Boone National Forest and many other spectacular state parks and recreational areas. The Kentucky Wildlands are home to more than a dozen certified Kentucky Trail Towns.

These cities 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 and amenities to visitors and locals alike.

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, water skiing, tubing and swimming.

In Stearns, you’ll find access to three of Kentucky’s most popular outdoor offerings: the Sheltowee National Recreation Trail, the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Harlan is popular for off-roading adventures, with more than 150 miles of trails designated for all-terrain vehicles. In Hazard, go for a paddling adventure on the North Fork of the Kentucky River. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is also just a quick drive from town.

With more than 300 miles of bike trails, London is considered the “Cycling Capital of Kentucky.” Nearby, Manchester features over 600 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, 100 miles for off-roading and 30 miles of whitewater rafting and paddling.

From cycling Cave Run Loop to rock climbing at Slab Camp to fishing and boating on Cave Run Lake, all sorts of adventures are waiting for you farther north in Morehead.

Along with these stellar outdoor experiences, you’ll discover locally owned restaurants, breweries, boutiques, music venues and festivals, in addition to seasonal town-sponsored events, such as holiday fairs and parades, across Kentucky’s Trail Towns. You’ll also find a variety of comfortable lodging options, from hotels and bed-and-breakfasts 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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