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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Parks and Trails of The Kentucky Wildlands

Between the many state parks, national parks and recreation areas, and local parks and playing fields, you’ll find boundless possibilities for adventure, outdoor recreation and fun-filled family activities in The Kentucky Wildlands. The parks here offer something for everyone, from viewing amazing natural wonders and wildlife to enjoying endless recreational sports, including world-class boating and fishing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, off roading, swimming and skateboarding.

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are beautifully preserved, expansive natural areas that have remained virtually untouched for thousands of years. They await your discovery via hiking, white-water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, sight-seeing and more.

State parks contain natural wonders, such as ancient natural sandstone arches and bridges, breathtaking waterfalls, free-flowing rivers and mountain streams, crystal-clear lakes, pristine forests, and rare plant and wildlife species. From Natural Bridge State Resort Park to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park to Carter Caves State Resort Park to Grayson Lake State Park, each state park features a unique attraction to explore. They all offer a multitude of things to do, such as fishing, climbing and birding, and places to stay, including historic lodges, cozy rental cabins and campgrounds.

Local parks provide plenty of quiet respites and loads of family fun. They appeal to a wide audience, from fishers and walkers at Old Mill Park in West Liberty to skateboard enthusiasts at AK Sports Park in Ashland.

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...