Kentucky Natural Park Wonders

National and State Wonders Found in the Bluegrass State:

Kentucky, known for its diverse geography, from the valleys and sharp ridges of the mountain region to the the rolling plains and underground streams.

Let us be your guide to discovering these natural wonders. Follow the links below to obtain more information, insider tips, and pictures, as well as ideas for where to stay when visiting.

Kentucky Welcome Sign National Parks:

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    National Rivers:
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area [Official Site]

    National Recreation Trails:
  • Hillman Heritage Trail
  • Jenny Wiley Trail Heritage Byway
  • Mary Ingles Trail System
  • North/South Trail
  • Red River Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • Sheltowee Trace

    National Recreation Areas:
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Location: northeast Tennessee and southeast Kentucky, Cumberland River and its tributaries, and administered by the National Park Service. [Official Site]
  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Location: inland peninsula straddling southwest Kentucky and northwest Tennessee between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, administered by the Forest Service. [Official Site]

    Daniel Boone National Forest National Forests:
  • Daniel Boone National Forest. Location: Winchester, Kentucky. [Official Site]
  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. Location: Roanoke, Virginia (as well as West Virginia and Kentucky). [Official Site]

    National Wildlife Refuges:
  • Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

    National Wilderness Areas:
  • Beaver Creek Wilderness
  • Clifty Wilderness

    National Scenic Roads and Byways:
  • Country Music Highway
  • Great River Road
  • Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway
  • Red River Gorge Scenic Byway
  • Wilderness Road Heritage Highway
  • Woodlands Trace

    Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Kentucky State Parks, Campgrounds, Recreational Areas:
  • Barren River State Resort Park
  • Ben Hawes State Park
  • Big Bone Lick State Park
  • Blue Licks Battlefield State Park
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Resort Park
  • Carr Creek State Park
  • Carter Caves State Resort Park
  • Columbus-Belmont State Park
  • Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
  • Dale Hollow State Resort Park
  • E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
  • Fishtrap Lake State Park
  • Fort Boonesborough State Park
  • General Burnside Island State Park
  • General Butler State Resort Park
  • Grayson Lake State Park
  • Green River Lake State Park
  • Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
  • Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
  • John James Audubon State Park
  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park
  • Kenlake State Resort Park
  • Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
  • Kincaid Lake State Park
  • Kingdom Come State Park
  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park
  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
  • Lake Malone State Park
  • Levi Jackson State Park
  • Lincoln Homestead State Park
  • Mineral Mound State Park
  • My Old Kentucky Home State Park
  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park
  • Nolin Lake State Park
  • Old Fort Harrod State Park
  • Paintsville Lake State Park
  • Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
  • Pine Mountain State Resort Park
  • Rough River Dam State Resort Park
  • Taylorsville Lake State Park
  • Yatesville Lake State Park

    State Scenic Roads and Byways: Cumberland River, Kentucky
  • Big Bone Lick Scenic Byway
  • Boone Creek Scenic Byway
  • Cordell Hull Highway
  • Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway
  • Duncan Hines Scenic Road
  • Midway-Versailles Road (US-62)
  • Old Frankfort Pike
  • Old Kentucky Turnpike
  • Pine Mountain Road
  • Pisgah Pike Scenic Byway
  • Riverboat Row Scenic Byway
  • River Road
  • Shakertown Road
  • US 42
  • US 68 Scenic Byway
  • Zilpo Road

    Kentucky Department of Travel: 800-225-8747

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