Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
National Trails Day Events Set For June 2 In Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky will be taking part in National Trails Day on June 2 with events across the state to recognize the excellent trails in the Bluegrass State.
National Trails Day was launched by the American Hiking Society in 1993 to help promote exercise, trail development and the outdoors. It has grown to more than 2,000 events around the country.
The Kentucky State Parks have more than 250 miles of hiking trails. For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov
Kentucky has more than 2,500 miles of hiking trails. To find a trail in your area, visit the Office of Adventure Tourism website at www.getoutky.com. For more information about National Trails Day and related events, visit: http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/
Here is a listing of some of the events planned at Kentucky State Parks and other locations around Kentucky. All events are on June 2 unless otherwise noted:
Kentucky State Parks:
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Learn more about the fascinating history of Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. This one-hour walk is an easy, leisurely pace. Your guide will share information about the Battle of Blue Licks and the Revolutionary War. The free walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Pioneer Museum. There is a nominal fee to tour the museum which houses Revolutionary War memorabilia as well as fossils, mastodon bones and pioneer artifacts. This walk is offered on several dates throughout the summer. Call the park at 1-800-443-7008.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
National Trails Day and Free Fishing Weekend
Borrow a free fishing pole from the marina to hook a fish, or hike part of the park’s two miles of trail. Programs will be given on learning to fish, Project Learning Tree and Project Wild. Guided walks will be offered to interpret history, wildlife and ecology of the park. Other hiking opportunities in the area will be presented. Ideal for all ages. Call 1-800-325-0058.
Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
Visit the park for a History Hike starting at 10 a.m. Walk through the park earthworks and nature trail. See the Civil War museum. Water provided and snack bar is available. Call 270-677-2327.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
National Trails Day Hike
Join Greenbo Lake for a 10 a.m. hike by meeting at the parking lot of the Jesse Stuart Lodge. The hike will include the Fern Valley Trail, go along the lake shore and continue by the Buffalo Iron Furnace and Claylick One-Room Schoolhouse. The entire hike will cover about 3.5 miles and last two hours. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes. You may want to bring a camera. Call 1-800-325-0083.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Jenny Wiley Trail Hike
Join us for this excursion that will trek all 4.5 miles of one of the most scenic trails in eastern Kentucky. Meet at the entrance to the May Lodge at 8:30 a.m. for a brief meeting about the trail and terrain. We will then make our way to the trailhead to begin our hike. The park staff will provide garbage bags for trail cleanup and will discuss important factors that make trails sustainable. The Jenny Wiley Trail is one of the most strenuous trails in the park system, as you will climb and descend in elevation of 500 feet or more three different times. Please allow 5-6 hours for this hike, wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes, and be sure to bring a bottle of water. Call 1-800-325-0142.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Creatures of the Night Adventure Trek/National Trails Day
Venture out with our interpretation staff on National Trails Day and discover mysterious nighttime creatures. Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight and meet us at the Audubon Museum for this free event from 6:30-9 p.m. Call Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247. The park will also be participating in Free Fishing Weekend. The Ohio Valley Fly Rod Club will hold a free demonstration from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. across from the park office on June 2.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
National Trails Day
In celebration of National Trails Day, Lake Barkley State Resort Park will offer a series of hikes throughout the day. At 9 a.m., the park naturalist will lead a nature hike in search of flora and fauna that call the park home. The estimated time of the hike is 1.5 hours. Guests should wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water. At 3 p.m., there will be a guided hike focusing on the history of the park, lasting approximately 45 minutes, and at 7:30 p.m., join the naturalist for a night hike. All hikes meet at the breezeway at the main lodge. Call 1-800-325-1708.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
National Trails Day
In honor of National Trails Day, you are invited to join the staff at Natural Bridge State Resort Park for a volunteer work day in which improvements to the trail system will be made. Trail work may include cutting vegetation along the trail edge, carrying trail material to an improvement site, clearing or installing water bars, changing trail grade for proper drainage, picking up trailside trash, or clearing steps of debris buildup. Work starts at 9 a.m. and will end by 3:30 p.m., and will include brief training. Preregistration is required, and space is limited. This work day is intended for adults and children ages 10 and up. Ages 10–17 must be accompanied by an adult. Approximately 1-3 miles of hiking will be required. Contact Tyler Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 663-2214.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Moonlight Canoe Trips
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will offer guided canoe trips by moonlight on June 2 and 30 and July 28. Bring water, insect repellent and a flashlight. Registration is $20 per canoe. Participants must be 10 years old or older. Registration is required by one week before trip. Limited number of canoes. Call 1-800-325-1711.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Adventure Hike to Tri-State Peak
Stand on the vaulted spot (1,990 feet) where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia come together. You’ll also stand in the saddle of the gap where more than 300,000 followed in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as they made their way into unknown country. You’ll also enjoy commanding mountain vistas and the best view of the Middlesboro meteor crater. Aside from the commemorative shrine of the tri-state peak, the site also includes a marker denoting the location as being astride the Royal Colonial Boundary of 1665. Other stops on this outing include Pinnacle Overlook (2,440 feet), and the Newlee Iron Furnace (circa 1819). The registration fee is $10 per person and van transportation will be provided to the first 10 persons. Participants are encouraged to bring a day pack with water, snacks, and a lunch. Total hiking distance is 3 miles. Hiking boots are recommended. Total field trip time is 5-6 hours. Advance registration is required; departure time from the park is 8 a.m. Register by e-mailing Dean.Henson@ky.gov or by phone at (800) 325-1712.
Other National Trails Day events include:
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Golden Pond
Land Between the Lakes has been providing opportunities for outdoor recreation
to citizens and visitors of western Kentucky for decades. A great spot to spend
National Trails Day, here are some of the things LBL has planned throughout
the day: Be an Outdoors Kid (basic outdoor skills); Pond Prowl; Garbage in the Garden.
For more information, visit www.lbl.org.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is excited to offer free admission June 2, in celebration of National Trails Day. Activities include: ECO Kids Discovery Day, Pollywog Play Parties, Family Fishing Day, Half Millennium Trail Hike and Bernheim Trail Marathon Sponsored by Trail Runners of Louisville. For more information visit www.bernheim.org
Jefferson Memorial Forest, Louisville
Jefferson Memorial Forest will host guided hikes and educational sessions
for National Trails Day. Kids Fishing Derby is offered for those 17 years old and younger. Tackle and bait will be provided; all they need to do is pick a spot to cast their lines. www.louisvilleky.gov/metroparks
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky, various locations
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky plans to host guided hikes at the following
nature preserves at 11 a.m.:
• Jim Beam Nature Preserve in Jessamine County
• Mantle Rock Nature Preserve in Livingston County
• Sally Brown Nature Preserve in Lancaster
Trail Work Day in the Red River Gorge, Stanton
The U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with the Red River Gorge Trail Crew and
Benchmark Outfitters, will host a trail work day on June 2. The event
begins at 9 a.m. at Gladie Center, off of KY 715. The day will include clearing brush,
painting blazes and dead tree removal. There will be a prize drawing following the event and a potluck dinner and fireside social. Register with the Red River Gorge Trail Crew at www.rrgtc.com or call Charlie Rowe, U.S. Forest Service, 606-663-0576, ext. 106.
Adventure Day at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will host its popular Adventure Day on National Trails Day. This day includes plenty of fun and free activities. On tap for this year are fishing, hiking, paddling on the Kentucky River and a variety of nature programs. Learn more at www.shakervillageky.org