Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center

  • address  125 Aldersgate Camp Rd, Ravenna, KY 4047237.7317109-83.8497558

Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center is a 354-acre Christian Retreat, recreation, R.V., camping and worship center owned and operated by the United Methodist Church of Kentucky. Aldersgate is open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, sex, handicap or national origin. Historic Fitchburg Furnace and the old ghost town of Fitchburg are all within Aldersgate’s boundaries. Located in the foothills of Appalachia Aldersgate is near Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge State Park, and other interesting and beautiful sites. Come Visit!

Bad Branch Falls – High Rock Trail

Bad Branch Falls Nature Preserve

  • address KY-932, Eolia, KY 4082637.0692269-82.7608634

Bad Branch Falls, with it’s beautiful trail and enchanting 60 ft. waterfall, is a Letcher County treasure. It is a must see for visitors wanting to explore our area. The hike to Bad Branch Falls is a little over a mile (one way) and takes close to 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. The trail will take you through an old timber haul road that was built in the 30’s or 40’s.
This hike is a categorized as a moderate hike because it requires climbing over rocks and walking around small ledges. During the winter, there is usually ice along the trail which can also make hiking somewhat dangerous. Most people that can walk one mile should not have any trouble. 
The scenery to the falls is breathtaking, including high sandstone cliffs, giant hemlock pines and many different types of rock formations. If you want something a little more challenging, there is an option to take the High Rock Loop Trail, a little over 2 mile hike to the crest of Pine Mountain. This trail joins in with the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail - which will stretch over 110 miles when completed.

Photo credit- Letcher County Tourism www.discoverletcher.com

Bear Track Lake Adventures

  • address 580 Beartrack Lake Road, Beattyville,, KY 4131137.6236441-83.7453333

Bear Track Lake, a 29 million gallon spring-fed mountain lake, is the centerpiece of our property. Whether it's giving you a relaxing view, cooling the ambient air, or providing a refreshing drink for wildlife, we think Bear Track Lake will be an excellent centerpiece to your vacation as well.

It covers more than 6 acres of land and is surrounded by spectacular cliffs and undisturbed forest. The lake is home to many types of fish, including catfish, bluegill, and bass. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of our albino catfish!

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway

  • address 66 Henderson Street, Stearns, KY 4264736.6985918-84.4762434

Round trips through forest & mountains on the former Kentucky & Tennessee miners’ railway line.

Breaks Interstate Park

  • address 627 Commission Circle, Haysi, VA 2425637.2860398-82.29449079999999

It is accessed via highway 80 (Virginia 80 and Kentucky 80), between Haysi, Virginia and Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and passes through the community of Breaks, Virginia east of the park.

Camp Blanton

  • address 4294 State Hwy 840 , Wallins Creek, KY 4087336.8593862-83.3819647

Right off The BackBreaker trail is where you can take your next adventure and hike or check into one of our remodeled cabins. This has to go on your next Bucket List with our trails.

Canyon Rim Visitors Center

  • address Rt. 19, Lancing , West Virginia 2586238.0794069-81.0670845

The primary purpose of Canyon Rim Visitor Center is to act as a visitor contact station for area information and for interpretation of the natural, cultural, recreational, and historic values of the New River Gorge. With an estimated 300,000 visitors each year, the center provides the park with a nationally recognized facility, revealing the beauty of New River Gorge to the nation and the world. This facility is also included in "A guide to Accessible Recreation in West Virginia."

 

Carter Caves State Resort Park

  • address 344 Caveland dr, Olive Hill, KY 41164

Beneath the forested hills of this resort, nature has hidden many twisting caverns. This park offers lodge rooms, cottages, camping, mini golf and cave tours. 

On July 31, 1946, the citizens of Carter and surrounding counties donated 945 acres to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for a state park. Contained in this tract are some of the most impressive caves in the state. Additional land has been obtained, making a total of some 2,000 acres. Carter and Cascade Caves are the best-known caverns in eastern Kentucky. Located in north-central Carter County, the Carter and Cascade Cave system is comprised of more than 20 caverns. Four of these caves are open for tours. Others are undeveloped or access is limited. Each cave has distinctive features reflecting geological forces.

Bat Cave is the largest cave in the park. It is open only in the summer and is the home of an estimated 40,000 Indiana bats called Myotis that hibernate there in the winter. These bats are protected by the Kentucky Parks System. The caves main passageway is a half-mile long and follows the course of Cave Branch. The ceiling of the passageway varies in height from about 35 feet at the downstream entrance to a claustrophobic 4 feet. Known as Backache Avenue, the low ceiling of the passageway extends 700 feet. This passage is wet and there are small pools of water throughout its length. During heavy rains the passage can be flooded by torrents of water.

Saltpetre Cave is a dry cave. No streams flow through these passages today. Evidence suggests that water did flow through the cave many years ago. The cave has long, broad, low-ceilings and dirt floors. The name of the cave comes from the old saltpeter works near the entrance that helped produce gunpowder during the War of 1812. Kentucky caverns had several saltpeter mines during the war. Nitrates for making gunpowder could be extracted from the earth in the caves. On the wall near the entrance is the legend, Simon Kenton 1783. Kenton, an early Kentucky pioneer, explored the area in the late eighteenth century. Saltpetre Cave is shown to visitors by guided tour.

The most popular cave for visitors in the Carter Cave system is X Cave, so-called f or the two intersecting caverns that from the letter X. Narrow and tall passageways permeate the X Cave. The walls of the cavern have been carved by water. X Cave is filled with beautiful and strange forms. Stalactites and stalagmites are found along the right passage of the cave. Columns, draperies, and flowstone created by centuries of water percolating through earth and stone, decorate portions of the cavern. Giant Stalactite is the largest dripstone formation in the cave. This formation of several stalactites is seven feet in diameter and about30 feet high. Another curiosity is Pipe Organ. This formation is unique in that several stalactites and draperies, when struck with a piece of wood, sound different tones, thus giving it its musical instrument name.

Carter Caves State Resort Park

  • address 344 Caveland Drive, Olive Hill, KY 4116438.368373-83.1251603

Carter Caves State Resort Park offers 28 Lodge Rooms, 12 Cabins, Camping, Cave Tours, Hiking Trails, Mini Golf, Horseback Riding, Swimming, Fishing, and Recreational Activities.

Cumberland Falls State Park

  • address 7351 Highway 90, Corbin, KY 4070136.8385871-84.3383879

Cumberland State Falls home of our famous Moon-bow over the waterfall. Cabin rentals and RV lodging. Also there are many more outdoor activities for you to check out like horseback riding,kayak and much more!

Flag Rock/High Knob Recreational Area

Flag Rock/ High Knob

  • address Flag Rock Road, Norton, Virginia 2427336.915362-82.6313869

Flag Rock Recreation Area is located three miles above downtown Norton on the lower slopes of High Knob. The thousand-acre park includes 25 developed acres and a variety of outdoor adventures. Please note restroom facilities in the park are open seasonally. Restrooms are open when Flag Rock Campground is open during the spring and fall months. Opening dates for the campground and restrooms are dependent on the weather. 

General Burnside Island State Park

  • address 8801 US-27 , Burnside, KY 4251936.9554912-84.58111799999999

General Burnside Island State Park is a park located just south of Somerset, Kentucky in Pulaski County. The park encompasses 430 acres in the middle of Lake Cumberland, making it Kentucky's only island park.

Hidden Arch

  • address 431 Collinswood Trail , Pine Ridge, KY 4136037.7887222-83.64735189999999

Try this 2.0-mile loop trail near Pine Ridge, Kentucky. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 50 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, trail running, and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.