FRANKFORT, Ky. – Staff members with the Kentucky State Parks are offering free advice on some of their favorite hiking trails across the state.


The suggested trails are on the Kentucky State Park website – www.parks.ky.gov under “Staff Picks” – and offer basic information about the trails, a brief description of what guests will see and experience while on these state park trails as well as a photo.


“With more than 300 miles of trails, we have a wide variety of choices, from easy 1-mile walks to longer and more challenging treks in the woods,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “We want to introduce these trails and our hiking opportunities to our guests so they can enjoy the outdoors at Kentucky State Parks, regardless of their experience or ability.”


The Kentucky State Parks are participating in Gov. Steve Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative to promote the health and fitness of all Kentuckians. Hiking is great exercise and state park trails are easily accessible.


 Hikers are asked to take the usual precautions when visiting state park trails: check the weather, bring water, dress appropriately, stay on the trail and please don’t litter. You should not hike alone.


More information about Kentucky State Parks, including a listing of trails at each park, lodging, camping and special events, visit www.parks.ky.gov





The Kentucky State Parks are part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s effort to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities at state parks -- over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit kyhealthnow.ky.gov

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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