Kentucky is incredibly diverse in terms of its geography. In northern central Kentucky, rolling meadows and sandstone "knobs" cover the landscape, while northwestern Kentucky is dotted with hills and bordered by the Ohio River to the north. In eastern Kentucky, the Cumberland Plateau has created mountainous terrain mixed with plateaus and valleys. Southern Kentucky is mostly flat, while the western tip of the state harbors flood plains and low, rolling hills.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Kentucky.
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Follow Daniel Boone's intrepid bootsteps westward over silent ground carpeted with ferns and history on this 9-mile figure-eight over the recently restored Gap.
Hike 8.2 miles on steep singletrack paths to rock overhangs where raptors soar, then onward to Sand Cave, a giant rock feature sculpted by wind and rain.
Follow cliff bands on this 18.3-mile point-to-point to some of the East’s largest natural arches.
Snake along hidden inlets as you follow the shore of America’s largest inland peninsula.
Snake along hidden inlets as you follow the shore of America's largest inland peninsula.