Bernheim Forest

Bernheim Forest consists of 13,000 acres of woodland where those who live in the city can learn about nature. Continuous programs, workshops, lectures, nature walks, and seminars are conducted with universities and nature groups. The forest is located 45 minutes south of Louisville, and is open daily from 9:00 AM to sundown, March 15 to November 15. Thirteen marked trails (approximately 23.5 miles) are approved for day use only. Overnight camping is not allowed. The trails range in length from one-half-mile to 7 miles, and offer beautiful scenery, while exposing the hiker to the splendors of nature. Two of the established trails offer a nature theme, presenting a prime opportunity for learning. There are many miles of unmarked footpaths in the forest south of the lookout tower.

Total Length: 37.45 miles

Phone Number: (502) 955-8512

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Berea College Forest

The Berea College Forest, 5,500 acres in Eastern Kentucky, has 13 day-hiking trails which total up to 20 miles. The trails range from 0.6 to 4.3 miles, but are arranged in such a fashion that longer trails may be produced. “East Pinnacle” and “West Pinnacle” are two of the destinations in this trail system.

Coordinates of Parking Lot: 37.553653, -84.24192

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Beaver Creek Wilderness

The 4,791 acre Beaver Creek Wilderness is situated below the clifflines of the Beaver Creek drainage within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Vertical sandstone cliffs, rockhouses (cliff overhangs used as shelter by primitive peoples), rippling streams, waterfalls, mature eastern hardwood trees, shrubs, and plants contribute to make this Wilderness a true “Nature Lover’s Paradise.” Beaver Creek Wilderness offers opportunities for primitive camping, trail and compass hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and backpacking. It also has many overlooks. It is open year-round. The Wilderness can be accessed by driving south from Somerset on US 27.

Phone Number: (606) 376-5323
See above website for directions.

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Alum Ford Campground

This 6-site campground is located near Lake Cumberland – a beautiful lake rimmed by 300 foot cliffs. A trail leads to the 260 acre Yahoo Falls Scenic Area.

Campground Map: http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/upload/alumfordcg.pdf
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Phone Number: (606) 376-3787
Address: For Google Maps, enter coordinates 36.7637°N 84.5468°W

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Cave Run Lake

Cave Run Lake is located within the scenic Eastern Highlands region of Kentucky in Bath, Rowan, Morgan, and Menifee counties. The 8,270-acre lake is surrounded by the northern-most section of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The lake is 60 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, and can be accessed through Exits 123, 133, and 137 off Interstate 64.

Phone Number: (606) 784-9709
Address: 150 Kentucky Hwy 826, Morehead, KY 40351

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Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

The site of a major Civil War battle, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now offers 12 miles of hiking trails and an annual reenactment of the battle.

Length: 12.0 miles

Phone Number: (859) 332-8631
Address: 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468

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Paintsville Lake State Park

This park is located adjacent to 1,140 acre Paintsville Lake. It can be found just off Highway 40, five miles northwest of Paintsville. The park has 10 primitive campsites, 32 RV campsites, a boat dock, and two hiking trails (totaling 8.6 miles). Laundry, restroom, and shower facilities are also available. The campgrounds are open year-round.

Phone Number: (606) 297-8486
Address: 1551 KY 2275, Staffordsville, KY 41256

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Green River Lake State Park

This park is located adjacent to 8,200 acre Green River Lake, at the southern extreme of Taylor County. It can be found just off Highway 55, five miles south of Campbellsville. The park has a beach, boat dock, 28 miles of trail, 156 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups, and 72 tent campsites. Laundry, restroom, and shower facilities are also available. The campgrounds are open year-round.

Phone Number: (270) 465-8255
Address: 179 Park Office Road, Campbellsville, KY 42718

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Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail

The Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is a linear state park located in eastern Kentucky. It consists of two segments of trail: the Birch Knob Section and the Highland Section. The Highland Section and the Little Shepherd Trail are linked at one end, and it is possible to continue hiking on this trail. The total length of all three trails is 82 miles, and three shelters are available (one on the Little Shepherd Trail and two on the Highland Section). The Little Shepherd Trail is actually a blacktop road atop a ridge, and is open to hikers, ATV’s, and vehicles. These sections are only part of what will be a 120 mile trail in eastern Kentucky.

Birch Knob Section Length: 28 miles
Highland Section Length: 16 miles
Little Shepherd Trail Length: 38 miles

Phone Number: (606) 589-2479

Links to detailed trail maps:
Birch Knob Section: http://parks.ky.gov/!userfiles/aParkBrochures/Maps/BirchKnob_LoRes.pdf
Highland Section: http://parks.ky.gov/!userfiles/aParkBrochures/Maps/Highland_LoRes.pdf