Many free events available for hiking and fishing
National Trails Day was launched in 1993 by the American Hiking Society to help promote exercise, trail development and the outdoors. It has grown to more than 2,000 events around the country
Kentucky State Parks events (all times local):
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Barren River Lake State Resort Park will be offering two guided hikes—The Connell Nature Trail, a one-mile moderate hike at 10:30 a.m. or an easy 1.2-mile hike along Peters Creek Trail at 3:30 p.m. Bring water, apply bug spray and sunscreen and wear appropriate footwear. For more information contact Jamie Avery at 1-800-325-0057 or [email protected].
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
Bison Trace and Cedar Run Trail Mosaic: The 1.5-mile outing begins at 11 a.m. at the visitor center with a guided walk to see the bison herd and learn about their natural history. Hiking will progress along upland forest ridges through a genuinely peaceful area of Big Bone Lick. For more information call 859-384-3522.
Big Bone Hydro-Hike
The 1.5-mile creek bed hike begins at the visitor center at 2 p.m. with a visit to the park’s largest salt-sulfur spring where mammoths and mastodons once drank brine water at the end of the Ice Age, followed by an aquatic adventure in Big Bone Creek. Bring old shoes and expect to get wet. For more information call 859-384-3522.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Hook and Hike Day: The day begins at 9 a.m. on the marina bank with a fishing tournament for children 15 and under. Bait will be provided. A limited number of poles will be available, so participants should consider bringing their own. Fishing licenses are not required. At 1 p.m. there will be a guided hike of the Moonshine Holler Trail, beginning in front of the lodge. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a program on basic orienteering. All activities are free. For more information call 606-398-7510.
Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
A history hike will traverse the grounds, a nature trail and historic earthworks. Maps and a bottle of water provided at the snack bar. Scavenger hunt instructions will be issued with museum admission and a prize given when complete. For more information call 1-888-459-7275.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Includes a 5-mile hike around Bark Camp Creek. Participants asked to bring food and water to last several hours. Meet at the park visitor center at 9 a.m. For more information call 606-528-4121
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
The free lantern hike begins at 7 p.m. at the Audubon Museum. Some kid-friendly battery-operated lanterns will be provided, but participants can bring their own (no glass lanterns). Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight. The park has several programs being offered as part of Free Fishing Weekend, when fishing is allowed with no license required. Call the park at 270-826-2247.