Breaks Interstate Park, on the Kentucky-Virginia border - The spectacular beauty of the park, located 7 miles east of Elkhorn City, KY and 8 miles north of Haysi, VA on KY-VA 80, is showcased with 12 miles of hiking rails and four scenic overlooks. For more information, check the Breaks Interstate Park website.
Kentucky Ridge State Forest in Bell County - Kentucky Ridge State Forest contains Pine Mountain State Park on Pine Mountain and is located on the south side of Pine Mountain and the north side of Log Mountain, encompassing Little Clear Creek Valley. The forest also contains Chenoa Lake, the Division of Forestry's Chenoa Service Center and Bell County Forestry Camp. To get there, take Exit 29 (Corbin - Barbourville) off of Interstate 75, travel south on U.S. 25 E to Pineville. Follow signs to Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The park adjoins Kentucky Ridge Forest on the northeastern portions. The forest is bisected by Highway 190 when traveling west of Pineville to Chenoa. For more information, check the Kentucky Ridge State Forest website.
Kentenia State Forest in Harlan County - This state forest is located along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 3,624 acres. To get there, from Harlan travel north on U.S. 421 to the crest of Pine Mountain, then travel along Little Shepherd Trail past the Harlan County Boys Camp. Along this stretch from the boys camp to Laden Trail, Little Shepherd Trail bisects the upper portions of the largest and most accessible portion of the forest. For more information, check the Kentenia State Forest website.
Kentucky State Parks in eastern Kentucky - Carter Caves, Grayson Lake, Greenbo Lake, Jenny Wiley, Yatesville Lake, and others. For more information, check the Kentucky State Parks website.
Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery below Cave Run Lake dam - From I-64 near Morehead, take exit 133 to KY 801. Go 3.2 miles south to US 60, then go 0.1 mile to KY 801 and turn south. It's 1.5 miles to the hatchery. For more information, check the website.
Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve - located in Powell County. From the junction of the Mountain Parkway and KY 15 at Clay City, follow KY 15 north for 2.7 miles. Turn right on Brush Creek Road for 1.5 miles to gravel parking area. For more information, check the Pilot Knob website.
Red River Gorge, including the Clifty Wilderness - From Lexington, take Interstate 64 east to Exit 98 (Bert T. Combs Mtn. Parkway, #402); take the parkway to Exit 33 (Slade Exit); then turn left at the junction of KY 11/KY 15. Go 1.5 miles west on KY 15 to KY 77, and follow the signs. For more information, check the Red River Gorge website.
Shillialah Creek Public Wildlife Area in Bell and Harlan counties - Located along Brush Mountain, north of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. From Pineville, take US 119 North approximately 10 miles to Hwy 987, then south to Cubage to Mill Branch-Hensley Flats Rd. For more information, check the Shillialah Creek website.