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Kentucky



Rip and Go: Birch Knob

Complete the newest section of the Great Eastern Trail with big-mile days on this big-view mountain.

Trail Mix: South

Experience the best the south has to offer: a shoreline hike in Florida, stargazing in North Carolina, and spelunking in Kentucky.

Multisport Playgrounds

Going by foot is only one way to see what’s best in the South. Bring your climbing gear, fins, or mountain bike to find the rest.

Rip & Go: North-South Trail, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky/Tennessee

Snake along hidden inlets as you follow the shore of America's largest inland peninsula.

Killer Trips: Gravity

Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.

From the Field: East

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

Trip Finder: Appalachians

Your favorite Appalachians hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Readers' Choice: Appalachians

Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Appalachians.

Top 3 Glow-in-the-Dark Trips

See glowing plankton, mushrooms, and bugs on these brilliant adventures.

SOUTH
Special Survey: Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid

Accessible national forests like the George Washington and Jefferson surround national park gems like Great Smoky and Shenandoah in a southern terrain that varies dramatically from Florida's Everglades to West Virginia's wilderness.

Paddling's Greatest Getaways

16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.

High Points: Black Mountain, Kentucky

Look closely for the path to this high point.

Best Backpacking In Kentucky

Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Kentucky.

Kentucky And Tennessee's Land Between the Lakes

Hike from Kentucky to Tennessee along an inland peninsula.

Kentucky's Red River Gorge

Gorgeous gorge: Where the arches outnumber the footprints.

Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park

Hike up and down oak- and hickory-covered ridgetops, or explore underground.

Kenucky's Land Of Painted Leaves

"October is the month for painted leaves," Thoreau mused. He could have been talking about Kentucky's Red River Gorge.

Kentucky's Cumberland Falls

Kentucky's Cumberland Falls provide spectacular waterworks, day or night.

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