Kentucky October 24, 2017
These 7 Kentucky Hiking Trails Lead To Some Incredible Pieces Of History
Kentucky has an intriguing history, evidence of which is scattered all across the state. We also have countless hiking trails that are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of the Bluegrass State. When you combine both Kentucky’s history and its hiking trails, you’ve got a memorable experience that you can only have right here in our state. These 7 hiking spots throughout Kentucky will lead you to incredible pieces of history that will give you a new appreciate for what our state has to offer.
1. Mammoth Cave
Who says history has to be above ground? For one of the most unique hiking experiences in Kentucky, head into the longest cave system in the world - Mammoth Cave. This mysterious space is filled with history and has been used for a variety of purposes over the years. On particular tours, you can visit this area and view one of these stone houses, which were used when this section of the cave was a hospital for Tuberculosis patients. There are many tour options, many of which require actual hiking, so be sure to choose the one that is right for you.
2. Fort Duffield Historic Park - West Point
This historic park is close to Louisville and is the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and intriguing history. There are 10 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of challenging mountain biking trails. The property is also splattered with historic buildings, a cemetery and an overlook, with plenty of opportunity to learn about this Civil War fort.
3. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
This mysterious archaeological site has been open to the public since 1932 and remains a popular historic destination. The mounds date back to 1100 A.D. and you can walk up and down them, pondering what once took place it this very spot. There is also the Woods Walk Trail, a 200-yard loop trail through the woods that is an enjoyable addition to the interesting history.
4. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park - Hodgenville
More than 200,000 people visit this historic site each year, but you may not know that you can get a little hiking in while you learn about this memorable property. The Memorial is built atop the hill where Abraham Lincoln was born, and the property is large and wonderful to explore. You can hike the Boundary Oak Trail and the Big Sink Trail, and pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic pavilion.
5. Mantle Rock - Smithland
During the winter of 1838-1839 the Cherokees were forced along the Trail of Tears and took refuge from the weather under Mantle Rock in Kentucky. Unfortunately, many died at this spot and did not make it any further along the "trail." Today, you can hike to this very spot along a 2.6-mile loop trail, just off KY-133.
6. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site - Union
This state historic site is one of the most unique in Kentucky and is full of interesting history. The park showcases the remnants of Ice Age-era mammals and you can even take a short hike to view a herd of Bison, which once loved this area for its saline water.
7. Chained Rock - Pineville
The legend of Chained Rock has been around since the early 1900's and remains an intriguing spot to visit in Pineville today. The large boulder was chained in place in 1932 and the hike to this stunning destination and overlook makes for a good story and incredibly stunning views.
Hiking in Kentucky is a popular pastime, so why not include a learning experience at the same time? Have you experienced these 7 historic scenes in Kentucky? Any favorites we missed? Let us know in the comments!
And for more incredible hiking in Kentucky, check out our previous article