You Must Visit These 10 Awesome Places In Kentucky This Winter

Winter in Kentucky doesn’t have to be a grey, bleak time when you only stay huddled up in your house. Although it’s nice to have quiet evenings at home by the fire when the temperatures drop, Kentucky offers so many amazing options during this season, that you really should get out and experience them. From snowy adventures, to dazzling light displays, and unforgettable restaurants, here are some fun things to do in Kentucky in the winter.

Every season is the best season when you’re in Kentucky! Do you get out and about and explore our state in the colder months? Where do you head? Let us know in the comments!

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Things to do in Kentucky in the Winter

November 30, 2022

What are the best winter hikes in Kentucky?

Don't let the cold keep you from hitting the trails this season; lace up your boots and check out these glorious winter hikes in Kentucky:

  • Chain Rock Trail at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Tucked away in the appropriately named community of Pineville is a dreamy mountain landscape. Pine Mountain was Kentucky's first state park, and it was established back in 1924. Ever since, visitors have found themselves charmed by its beauty and awe-inspiring features. The mile-long Chained Rock Trail is the perfect wintertime excursion, providing near-perfect panoramas of the snow-tipped trees and knobs.
  • Three Bridges Trail at Carter Caves. Carter Caves State Resort Park is a Bluegrass beauty, boasting beguiling backcountry, forests, creeks, caverns, and waterfalls. After a snow, the park transforms into a real-life winter wonderland that's simply perfect for exploring. We recommend tackling the Three Bridges Trail this winter; it's a 3.3-mile trek that highlights three of the park's best-known natural bridges, which look even more wondrous when blanketed beneath fresh snow.
  • Honker Lake Trail at Land Between the Lakes. Land Between the Lakes (LBTL) is an absolutely splendid area with a rich and engaging landscape. This region stretches across the Kentucky and Tennessee borders, right between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. As winter coats the landscape, this dreamy natural space becomes a jaw-dropping nature scene. There are numerous hiking opportunities within LBTL, but we're partial to the Honker Lake Trail, a five-mile loop that traverses some of the best scenery in the area!
  • Cumberland Falls via Eagle Falls Trail. Cumberland Falls is one of Kentucky’s crown jewels; this incredible waterfall is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country. It’s referred to as the Niagara Falls of the South, and once you experience it for yourself, you’ll understand why. Within Cumberland Falls State Park, there’s a trail that leads to both Cumberland Falls *and* another incredible cascade, Eagle Falls. It’s one of the most picturesque hikes in Kentucky, and a must for all Bluegrass waterfall chasers -- especially if seeing a frozen waterfall is on your Bluegrass hiking bucket list!