We can all agree that our state is beautiful, but there are some dangerous spots in Kentucky as well. It is no secret that some of the most deadly things in nature are also gorgeous to look at. There are brilliantly colored and uniquely marked places and creatures that are quite easy to get lost in, or are harmful when touched. Fortunately, we don’t have any vibrant but deadly tree frog habitats, but none the less, we too have our dangers.
9. Black Mountain
Riding all terrain vehicles and mountain biking are popular activities both on Black Mountain and other lushly forested areas with maneuverable terrain can be hazardous. Mother Nature has roots, trees and lots of plants that don’t always adhere to boundaries. It is wise to ride out with a buddy when doing any type of all terrain activity, as one can never be 100% their adventure will be accident free.
8. Carter Caves
Mammoth Cave isn’t the only cave system in Kentucky, just the most well known. The Carter Cave system has more than 20 unique caverns for visitors to explore, along with hiking trails, canoeing and horseback riding. None of which come without risk, as anytime you are at the mercy of Mother Nature accidents can happen. Getting lost in her bountiful beauty is very worth it though.
7. Chain Rock at Pine Mountain
Chained Rock at 1050 State Park Road in Pineville has been attraction since the summer of 1933. The huge boulder made the townsfolk nervous from its precarious perch high above. The chain was added to hold said boulder to the cliff, though the potential for disaster is still there. The trail is only .35 of a mile and the view is gorgeous, but don’t stand on the edge. This is another area where accidents can occur and a fall is easily life threatening.
6. Cumberland Falls
This is a beautiful spot to check out and get acquainted with nature… but it is also quite dangerous. The rocks around the water are slick, and all it takes is losing your footing if you happen to be in a not so safe area. Though we are all compelled to get a closer look at the Niagara of the South, we have to remember Mother Nature seldom offers safety ropes and nets.
5. The Lakes of Kentucky
Boating and water sport accidents are always a hazard when relaxing on one of Kentucky’s beautiful lakes. Each year, someone suffers a tragedy due to some unforeseen circumstance. Many times these accidents can be avoided by using safety protocols, proper lighting, life jackets, etc.
4. Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave is one of the Natural Wonders of the U.S., drawing countless tourists and locals to tour the area. Many people have lost their lives in this underground labyrinth over the years, and accidents still happen. There are still unexplored areas in the cave that can be very dangerous, but even guided tours are not without risk. Some of the areas have slick surfaces, and falls along some of the steep climbs can be treacherous. Cave ins are not likely, but they are possible as well.
3. Natural Bridge State Park
An average of around 40 people fall from the natural rock formations in this area annually. People tend to forget there is loose rock around the edge that can give way. Falling from even 10 feet can cause a phenomenal amount of damage due to the rocky surroundings. The scenery is beautiful, but we need to remind ourselves to wear appropriate footwear and think safe, even if we want the perfect camera angle.
2. Ohio and other Kentucky rivers
We are all familiar with some of the tragic accidents that have taken place on the Ohio over the years. This rolling river bordering Kentucky with several neighboring states can be quite the tyrant when boiling over her banks in flood season. Unexpected currents and debris can make boating, or even fishing a bit hazardous. Several deaths have been attributed to unpredictable Ohio currents over the years. The Mississippi, Kentucky and Big Sandy Rivers can be equally dangerous, but all offer a special kind of serenity during the right season and fishing is grand.
1. Red River Gorge, and other popular hiking and rock climbing areas
There are spots in the Gorge known to be popular among rock climbers. The thrill of hanging by your fingers and toes, with nothing in between you and a huge drop appeals to some. Personally, I cannot fathom hanging on a ledge myself. Still, those who are drawn to this type of danger should also be aware of the dangers it can hold. There are no safety nets, and a fall can be deadly.
Each one of these seemingly serene areas can actually become dangerous spots in Kentucky if the right precautions are not taken. The same can be said of almost any natural, or manmade event or area. In most cases, as long as you respect Mother Nature, utilize wisdom, and watch your P’s and Q’s, all will go well. What do you see as a dangerous spot in Kentucky, and why?