Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Adventure Tourism Events In March and April in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. – With spring arriving, there are plenty of adventure tourism events being planned across Kentucky.
“Spring is a wonderful time for Kentuckians and visitors alike to get outside and enjoy our beautiful scenery,” First Lady Jane Beshear said. “There’s an adventure near every home and I encourage all Kentuckians to get out and enjoy the outdoors this season.”
The Office of Adventure Tourism in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet compiles special adventure tourism events from around the state throughout the year. Below are a few for March and April. For more information, visit www.getoutKY.com
Shooting Events & Instructional Classes, March 19; April 8-10
Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort
22850 Louisville Rd.
Park City, Ky. 42160
Details: The Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort will host a number of instructional classes and competitive events in the upcoming months. Some events include a Kentucky Concealed Carry Class (March 19), NSCA Registered Sporting Clay Shoots and a Long Range Rifle School (April 8-10). For more information contact the Shooting Center at 270-749-4101 or email@example.com.
Copperhead Run ATV Park Rides
Copperhead Run ATV Park
Details: Come enjoy the 600 acres of trails in western Kentucky. The trails vary in length and difficulty. Riders should call before you haul or check online for the most up-to-date schedules and closings. Call Copperhead Run at 270-705-7001 or check online at www.copperheadatvpar.com.
Fishing In Neighborhoods with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Details: The Fishing In Neighborhoods (FINs) Program was started by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to make fishing opportunities more accessible to everyone in the Commonwealth. As the weather warms and the days get longer, this program brings good fishing closer to home. More than 20 counties now have FINs lakes in them. The lakes are stocked year round with trout and catfish, and can be managed for bass and bluegill as necessary. All of the fish stocked are keeper size too! For a listing of FINs lakes, stocking schedules, or to find more information visit www.fw.ky.gov/urbanfishing.asp or call 1-800-858-1549.
Adventures at Kentucky State Parks
Kentucky State Parks
Details: Kentucky’s State Parks host a number of adventure events throughout the year. From elk viewing tours to guided hikes and overnight canoe trips there is always something fun happening at a park near you. Also, all state park campgrounds are hosting a camper’s appreciation weekend April 29-May 1 with two nights for the price of one. Check out these upcoming events and make plans to visit. For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
· March 19: John James Audubon SP – Youth Wilderness Survival
Contact Audubon@ky.gov for more info
· March 26: Pennyrile Forest SRP – Guided Adventure Hikes
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
March 26: Cumberland Falls Clean Up
· April 2: Greenbo Lake SP – Michael Tygart Hike
Contact Greenbolake@ky.gov for more info
· April 3-6: Cumberland Falls SRP – Spring Break Adventure
Contact email@example.com for more info
· April 8-9: Kenlake SRP – Bowfishing 101
Contact Kenlake@ky.gov for more info
· April 9: Carter Caves SRP – Tygart Creek Regretta – Canoe Excursion
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
· April 9: Natural Bridge SRP – Canoeing for Beginners
Contact email@example.com for more info
· April 9: Pine Mountain SRP – Adventure Trek to Blanton Forest
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
· April 15-17: Lake Cumberland SRP – Geocache Weekend
Contact LakeCumberland@ky.gov for more info
· April 16-17: Lake Barkley SRP – Wildlife Weekend
Contact LakeBarkley@ky.gov for more info
Adventure Events at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
2499 Highway 245
Clermont, Ky. 40110
Details: Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest continues to provide excellent programs and events for the community. Regularly scheduled programs continue through March and April including the OWLS (Older, wiser and livelier seniors) and the ECO Kids (Every Child Outside). There will also be special events such as the “Adopt A Tree Day” in honor of Arbor Day. Visitors will receive a free tree to plant at home, at school or somewhere in their community. Check this list below for the programs coming up this spring. To learn more about these events, contact Susan Ritter at email@example.com.
· March 19: Full “Spring” Moon Night Hike
ECO Kids Adventure in Nature Welcome Back Spring”
· March 26: Winter Star Stories and Sky Watch Night
· April 2-3: Adopt A Tree
ECO Kids Discovery Days
Family Volunteer Day
- April 6: OWLS Pollination Strategies
- April 16: ECO Kids Discovery Days: The Lost Ocean Discovery Stations
Wild About Wildflowers Hike
- April 17: Full “Sprouting Grass” Moon Night Hike
- April 23: Wild About Wildflowers Hike
- April 30: Wild About Wildflowers Hike
Spring Hikes with 21st Century Parks
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Details: The Parklands of Floyds Fork is an exciting project to bring more parks to Louisville’s world-class system. The Parklands of Floyds Fork consist of four parks that are linked by a park drive and the Floyds Fork stream. Come out this spring and enjoy one of these exciting hikes through the Parklands that vary in length and difficulty. For more information contact Alex Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 23: Glade Cress Hike, Moderately Difficult
- April 2: Turkey Run Half Day Adventure, Strenuous
- April 25: Miles Park Hike, Moderately Difficult
Tree Climbing with Earthjoy Adventures, March 11-13
3811 Dead Timber Rd.
California, Ky. 41007
Details: Earthjoy Adventures will have independent climbs these two weekends. Take advantage of these climbs for research, photography or just for fun. Beginning in March Earthjoy Adventures will be offering climbs in AJ Jolly Park in Alexandria, Ky. For more information or to schedule a specific date, call Shelly Byrne at 859-635-0320 or Shelly@climbtreeswithearthjoy.com.
Big South Fork Rafting Season with Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, March 19-20
Whitley City, Ky.
Details: The third weekend in March marks the opening of the Big South Fork rafting season with Sheltowee Trace Outfitters. Sheltowee Trace has been providing outdoor adventure in Kentucky for more than 25 years. This rafting season runs through May 13, 2011. These trips usually book quickly. Contact Sheltowee Trace at 800-541-RAFT (7238) or email@example.com.
2011 Lexington-Big Sandy Proposed Rail Trail Ride, March 19
Pleasant Ridge Park
1350 Pleasant Ridge Dr.
Lexington, Ky. 40509
Details: This seventh annual ride will cover a lot of ground from Lexington to Ashland. The ride will travel the proposed route for the Lexington-Big Sandy Rail Trail. This includes passing through Winchester, Mt. Sterling, Morehead, Olive Hill and ending in Ashland. The ride will begin at 7 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge Park. Riders who want to complete the whole route should plan on arriving in Ashland around 8 p.m. that evening. Riders not wanting to travel the entire route may join where it is convenient for them and ride as long as they like. The intent is to follow an average speed of 11 mph, and as always riders should stay visible and be self-supporting. Check out the following links for more info on the proposed rail trail itself and the cue sheet for this ride. Lexington-Big Sandy Rail Trail: http://www.kyrailtrail.org/projects/big-sandy.php
Ride Cue Sheet: http://www.kyrailtrail.org/doc/2008-L_BS_Ride-cue-sheet.pdf
Kentucky Trail Riders Association Trail Rides, April
Details: The Kentucky Trail Riders Association (KTRA) hosts rides throughout the year in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio and Missouri. Some are day rides and others are overnight rides. These rides help bring about a fellowship among trail riders as they enjoy scenic trails and time spent with their equine partners. Here are the dates for rides coming in April 2011. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· April 9 – Day ride at Taylorsville Lake
· April 22-24 – Overnight ride at Green River Lake
Motorcycle Safety Course and ATV Demo Rides, April 8-10
Knott County ATV & Motorcycle Rider Training Center
Sutton Memorial Drive
Vest, Ky. 41772
Details: The Knott County ATV and Motorcycle Rider Training Center is one of only five training centers in the United States. It provides training for riders of all skill levels and has access to hundreds of miles of trails. This spring the training center will feature classes for beginner and experienced riders. The Basic Rider Course will be held the weekend of April 8-10. On Saturday, April 9, there will be an Experienced Riders Course as well. Popular ATV/UTV manufacturers such as Polaris, Yamaha, Can-Am and Kawasaki are looking to return to the ATV Center in 2011 to provide demo rides for new products. To register, learn more about the classes or the training center in general, contact Tim Cody at email@example.com.
Reforest Northern Kentucky 2011, April 2
AJ Jolly Park
1175 Racetrack Rd.
Alexandria, Ky. 41001
Details: Join the Northern Kentucky Urban Forestry Council and the Campbell County Fiscal Court for a tree planting day at AJ Jolly Park. The first 200 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and all will receive refreshments and native tree seeds to take home. Volunteers must register by calling 859-572-2600 or by going online at http://ces.ca.uky.edu/campbell.
Fort Duffield Clean Up, April 2 and 16
Fort Duffield Park & Historic Site
Radcliff/West Point, Ky.
Details: April 2, 2011 is the Civil War Trust Park Day at Fort Duffield. Volunteers are needed to help cleanup the park and historic site. Volunteers will receive lunch, a T-shirt or a patch, as well as a history lesson. On April 16 the park will host its Annual Wildflower Walk. Enjoy one of the park’s most popular trails and learn about the many wildflowers that are abundant in the park. For more info call 502-922-4574 or email FortDuffield@insightbb.com.
April Fools Ride at Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Area, April 2
Harlan County Campground
Putney, Ky. 40865
Details: Come enjoy the trails at Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Area at the April Fools Ride. Rides will leave from the Harlan County Campground located at the Putney Trailhead. For more information on the ride or the campground itself, visit their website at www.harlancountycampground.com.
Knott County ATV Spring Ground Pounding, April 15-17
Knott County ATV Center
Details: This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Spring Ground Pounding. There will be plenty of events including live music, good food, corn hole tournament and most importantly, great riding. Contact Randall “Moose” Slone for more info at 606-785-4859. You can also go online at www.knottcountyadventure.com or www.knottcountytrailriders.com to find out more about this year’s event.
Mammoth Cave Horse Camp Singles Weekend, April 15-17
(Couples welcome too!)
Mammoth Cave Horse Camp
2578 Ollie Rd.
Mammoth Cave, Ky. 42259
Details: This ride kicks off the riding season at Mammoth Cave Horse Camp. The ride is $49/person. This includes breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, dinner Saturday night and a performance by the Star Mountain Band on Saturday night. For more details, or to register, visit www.mammothcavehorsecamp.com or call 888-682-3958.
2011 Redbud Ride, April 16
Details: The fourth annual Redbud Ride promises to be the best one yet. This year’s ride will offer participants the choice of four different routes ranging from 23 to 102 miles. Active.com has selected this year’s Redbud Ride as a nominee for “National Cycling Event of the Year.” Registration will be limited to the first 500 riders who sign up. For registration and more information go to www.redbudride.com.
Harlan County Ridge Runners Ramp Fest, April 16
North Evarts RV Park
122 Walnut St.
Evarts, Ky. 40828
Details: The Harlan County Ridge Runners will host Ramp Fest April 16, 2011. Ramp Fest is the only time of year riders can get ramps from the mountains. There will also be some good eating after the ride. For more information check out www.kyoutdoors.org.
2011 Sip N’ Spin, April 16
Shelby County, Ky.
Details: This unique event features rides through beautiful Shelbyville and Shelby County by day and a progressive dinner by night. Rides from 10-100 miles will be departing throughout the day and the progressive dinner will introduce you to some of the most delicious foods in all of the bluegrass. There are different registration packages available. Call 502-633-5029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Dogwood Trace Bicycle Ride hosted by Bikeworld, Inc., April 17
809 Joe Clifton Dr.
Paducah, Ky. 42001
Details: Riders have been enjoying this ride through Paducah for more than 20 years. The 90-minute ride will begin and end at BikeWorld in Paducah. There are options for riders to extend or shorten their trip if they wish. There will be free hotdogs and hamburgers for participants after the ride. Perfect for families, couple or anyone who likes to ride. Call 270-442-0751 or email email@example.com to find out more.