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Best trails in Kentucky

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Trying to find the best Kentucky trails? AllTrails has 621 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Mammoth Cave National Park or around Louisville, Pine Ridge or Mammoth Cave we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Kentucky state park trails, check out Cumberland Falls State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Raven Run Park near Lexington or Berea College Forest. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 331 easy trails in Kentucky ranging from 0.6 to 52.5 miles and from 282 to 2,654 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Kentucky
Top trails (621)
#1 - Dog Slaughter Falls Trail
Cumberland Falls State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
NOTE: Road is washed out 2 miles before the beginning of the trail. Dog Slaughter Falls Trail runs parallel to Dog Slaughter Creek through dense stands of hemlock and rhododendron. Near the mouth ofShow more
#2 - Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Vanhook Falls, is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky. This Sheltowee Trace trek enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to beautiful Cane CreShow more
#3 - Gray's Arch Trail Loop
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Hiking the loop counter clockwise is suggested since the path down from the escarpment is easier to see going downhill. It's a beautiful trial with gorgeous views from the bluffs.Show more
#4 - Auxier Ridge Trail to Courthouse Rock
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
Trail is subject to weather related closures. Please check road and park conditions before setting out for your hike. Show more
#5 - Eagle Falls Trail
Cumberland Falls State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Eagle Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Parkers Lake, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is acceShow more
#6 - Yahoo Falls Trail
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Please note that road closures have been reported leading up to this trail. Show more
#7 - Red River Gorge: Rock Bridge Trail
Clifty Wilderness
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 46 m
Rock Bridge Trail is one of the most scenic trails in Red River Gorge, including the arch (the "rock bridge") for which the trail is named, and a beautiful waterfall on the way to the arch. HighlightShow more
#8 - Double Arch, Courthouse Rock and Auxier Ridge Loop
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
From the trailhead go to double arch and then backtrack for about a half a mile. Then take the turn off for Courthouse Rock, follow it to Hay Stack. Then back to the trailhead. Very little backtrackinShow more
#9 - Indian Staircase Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
The Staircase trail is a very special scenic area but the staircase itself is challenging for many. Be wary of bringing your pet up the staircase if they aren't used to climbing. Start by taking the Show more
#10 - Copperas Falls
Clifty Wilderness
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
NOTE: parking is limited. Get there early and be prepared to cross the creek multiple times. Park at the lot before concrete bridge by the bathroom and then you have to walk right to where copperas Show more
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