Walking Trails in Kentucky

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  • Barren River Lake State Resort Park

    State: KY
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Barren River Lake Trail makes a circuit around the golf course at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The paved trail is mostly flat with a few hills, passing through wooded meadows and stretches of hardwood forest. Golf cart trails occasionally ...
  • Benham Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 2.25 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Benham Rail Trail—also known as the Benham Walking Trail and Coal Miners Walking Trail—runs east to west across the small town of Benham on a former railroad corridor. The line, which was abandoned by CSX in 1996, was built in 1911 to serve ...
  • Big Four Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: IN, KY
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Big Four Bridge links Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, over the majestic Ohio River, once described by Thomas Jefferson as “the most beautiful river on Earth.” The bridge’s unusual name comes from the informal name of the ...
  • Blackford Pedestrian Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Blackford Pedestrian Bridge qualifies as a rail-trail because it crosses a refurbished railroad bridge over the Tradewater River, linking Blackford. in Webster County with Crittenden County. The trail is just under 1 mile long and is locally ...
  • Brighton East Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Brighton East Rail Trail was Fayette County's first, opening in 2007. The original 1-mile trail through recent residential development between Bryant Road and Pleasant Ridge Park proved overwhelmingly popular with locals, and another 1-mile ...
  • Cadiz Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Cadiz Railroad Trail runs for 2.5 miles between an old railroad depot on State route 139 and Fortner Drive at the east end of town. The trail parallels Noel Drive and Lafayette Street, following an old corridor of the Cadiz Railroad. The ...
  • Cathy Crockett Memorial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    The Cathy Crocket Memorial Trail occupies the former railroad right-of-way of the Cincinnati–Southern Railway that was relocated in the 1950s when Lake Cumberland was formed. The trail begins along US Highway 27/State Route 90 just west of Sloans ...
  • Dawkins Line Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    In eastern Kentucky, 19 miles of the planned 36-mile Dawkins Line Rail Trail are open for use. Although only half-finished, the trail has already become the state's longest rail-trail. Most recently a coal-hauling line owned by the R.J. Corman ...
  • Hopkinsville Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Hopkinsville Rail Trail, sometimes referred to as the Pennyrile Rail Trail, will one day be more than 7 miles long along the former Fort Campbell railroad spur once used by the U.S. Army. Currently, about 3 miles of the trail are complete ...
  • Legacy Trail (KY)

    State: KY
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Legacy Trail runs north and south through Lexington among green spaces, neighborhoods and parks. The trail joins Kentucky Horse Park and the Lexington YMCA but there are plans to extend it south beyond the YMCA to the memorial art garden ...
  • Louisville Riverwalk

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 8.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Louisville Riverwalk travels through downtown along the Ohio River between Waterfront Park and Shawnee Park, west of the city. The trail features scenic river views, including an overlook near 26th Street, where you can see McApline Lock ...
  • Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail follows an old rail corridor of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, which carried passengers until the early 1900s from Glasgow Junction (now Park City) to Mammoth Cave. The rail also hauled mail and other ...
  • Muhlenberg County Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Muhlenberg County Rail-Trail in rural southwestern Kentucky connects the community of Central City, Muhlenberg County's largest city, to Powderly and Greenville to the south. As Kentucky's most extensive rails-to-trails conversion, this ...
  • Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple People Bridge)

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY, OH
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Newport Southbank Bridge, commonly known as the Purple People Bridge due to its unique paint scheme, links the large Ohio city of Cincinnati with Newport, Kentucky, a medium-sized city rapidly becoming the entertainment hub of fast-growing ...
  • South Elkhorn Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The South Elkhorn Trail is a short community path in the southern reaches of Lexington, Kentucky. The rail-with-trail skirts the edge of the new housing developments centered on Newbury Way and Lochdale Terrace. Because the active railroad is ...
  • Town Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Town Branch Trail in Lexington currently extends between Leestown Road and Alexandria Road, following an old railroad corridor between a subdivision and cultivated fields. Plans call for extending the trail along the abandoned railroad right-of-way ...
  • White Plains Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The White Plains Trail runs for 1.5 miles through White Plains, between JP Hanks Road and just east of town, where enters a thickly forested area. The trailhead is a few blocks south of White Plains town center, where you'll also find picnic ...