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Natural Bridge State Resort Park Hiking Fishing Boating

Slade, KY 40376 (71.731 miles)

Delight in the mountainside beauty of Hemlock Lodge. The 35 rooms of Hemlock Lodge have private balconies. Open year-round. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Check-out by noon, Eastern Time. Pets are not allowed (with the exception of service dogs).

Official Website: Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Ashland WMA Hunting

Beattyville, KY 41311 (77.058 miles)

The area is almost entirely forested with extremely rugged, steep terrain and many high cliffs. Elevations range from 850 to 1,250 feet above sea level. Good to moderate populations of grouse, squirrel, furbearers, deer, turkey, and songbirds exist on the area. The hollow is surrounded by clifflines characteristic of this portion of the state. Several man-made waterholes provide habitat for many reptiles and amphibians.

Official Website: Ashland WMA

Marrowbone State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting

Jamestown, KY 42629 (83.786 miles)

Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,608-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. ATVs and horseback riding are prohibited.

Official Website: Marrowbone State Forest

General Burnside State Park Fishing Camping

Burnside, KY 42519 (85.391 miles)

General Burnside Island State Park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. Burnside led patrols along the Cumberland River, circling this 400-acre island while on the look out for Confederate soldiers.

Official Website: General Burnside State Park

Cane Creek WMA. Fishing Hunting Camping

London, KY 40741 (86.427 miles)

Access by interior roads. Primarily hilly, steep terrain, mostly forested with only a few openings. No developed facilities. For camping check with owner. Within Daniel Boone National Forest. Owned by U.S. Forest Service

Official Website: Cane Creek WMA.

Mammoth Cave National Park Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback

Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 (93.786 miles)

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 367 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name—Mammoth.

Official Website: Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave NP Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, KY 42259 (93.786 miles)

Official Website: Mammoth Cave NP

Tygarts State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Horseback

Olive Hill, KY 41164 (94.235 miles)

The state bought Tygarts State Forest in Carter County in 1957. It is 874 acres in size and adjoins Carter Caves State Park. The forest is open for public recreation, but camping is not allowed. Public campsites are available at the state park.

Official Website: Tygarts State Forest

Grayson Lake State Park Hunting Camping

Olive Hill, KY 41164 (94.235 miles)

Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes comprise the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. This site was a favorite camping area for Shawnee and Cherokee Native American. The hiking trails offer several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees

Official Website: Grayson Lake State Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Olive Hill, KY 41164 (94.235 miles)

This beautiful fieldstone lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities. Each room features a private balcony or patio overlooking the surrounding woodlands. Rooms available by late afternoon. Check-out by noon, Eastern Time. Pets are not allowed (with the exception of service dogs).

Official Website: Carter Caves State Resort Park