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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
'Cumberland Falls'
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
'Cumberland Falls'
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A beautiful rainbow just above the Waterfalls during the daytime.

Mill Springs State Park
'Mill Springs, KY'
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Natural Bridge State Park
'Skybridge'
© Ted Denman 2010

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This shot was taken on a hike through the Red River Gorge. This arch is named Sky Bridge.

Kentucky's Highlands Region Parks


10
State Parks
4
State Forests
1
State Historic Site
1
National Historic Park
1
National Forest
2
State Fish Hatcherys

Parks in this region are near these Kentucky Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
CORBIN
PIKEVILLE
LONDON
ASHLAND
MOUNT STERLING
MOREHEAD
MANCHESTER
WILLIAMSBURG
HAZARD

Carr Creek State Park
Carr Creek Lake was once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s. Carr Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is located 8.8 miles below Carr Creek Dam, and is thought to have gotten its name from William Carr, a well-known Long Hunter who ........more >
Clark State Fish Hatchery
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Imagine a wall of water falling 60 feet into a boulder-strewn gorge, a whispering mist that kisses the face and a magical moonbow visible on a clear night under a full moon. Known as the Niagara of the South, the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during ........more >
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Throughout the ages, poets, songwriters, novelists, journal writers, historians and artists have captured the grandeur of the Cumberland Gap. James Smith, in his journal of 1792, penned what is perhaps one of the most poignant descriptions of this national and historically significant landmark We started ........more >
Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest encompasses 635,000 acres in eastern Kentucky. The forest is noted for its recreational opportunities, including an extensive network of lakes and trails. Good fishing, hiking, and camping amidst the backdrop of rolling hills and cove hardwoods are a great attraction. ........more >
Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
Dr. Thomas Walker led the first expedition through Cumberland Gap in 1750. Near the river which he named the Cumberland, Walker built a cabin, a replica of which stands on the site today.........more >
Fishtrap Lake State Park
Fishtrap Lake State Park is a new addition to the Kentucky State Parks system. A man-made lake surrounded by natural beauty, Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. The Army Corp of Engineers broke ground on the project in 1962, and President Lyndon ........more >
Gatiffi State Fish Hatchery
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Grayson Lake State Park
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 Indians, and you will discover why with a visit to the parks spacious campground. Enjoy a picnic meal cooked over the grill and relax under ........more >
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
This mountain resort is named for the legendary pioneer woman, Jenny Wiley. Taken captive by Indians in 1789, Wiley endured the slaying of her brother and children and escaped after 11 months of captivity. Imagine our heroine eluding her captors as you hike the trails that weave through the wilderness. Jenny ........more >
Kentenia State Forest
Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corporation. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,277 acres. The largest of these tracts is accessible by Little Shepherd Trail and contains ........more >
Kentucky Ridge State Forest
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres and was acquired by lease in 1930, as part of the Land Use and Resettlement Program. The lease was sustained until 1954 when the property was deeded by the U.S. government to the Commonwealth. Kentucky Ridge State Forest contains Pine Mountain ........more >
Kingdom Come State Park
With an elevation of 2,700 feet, Kingdom Come is Kentuckys highest state park. Resting near the Kentucky-Virginia border on the crest of Pine Mountain, the park offers scenic vistas second to none. The parks name is from John Fox Jr.s novel The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, a book about an orphaned ........more >
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
Hike in the footsteps of pioneers on two historic trails, the Wilderness Road and Boones Trace. These thoroughfares carried more than 200,000 settlers from the eastern colonies into the western frontier between 1774 and 1796. But danger lurked along the way McNitts Defeat, Kentuckys worst Indian massacre, ........more >
Natural Bridge State Park
It has taken nature millions of years to form the natural sandstone arch from which this park takes its name. Located adjacent to the Daniel Boone National Forest, near the Red River Gorge Geological Area, the bridge spans 78 feet and is 65 feet high. At Natural Bridge, each season has a unique charm. ........more >
Olympia State Forest
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Paintsville Lake State Park
With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this lake provides 1,140 acres of boating, skiing and fishing pleasure. After a day on the lake, relax in the campground, featuring 32 developed sites with restrooms, showers, laundry and sewer hookups. A full-service marina is located near ........more >
Tygarts State Forest
Tygarts State Forest will be closed to public access from November 15, 2003 to March 31, 2004 while a salvage timber harvest is conducted. The forest sustained heavy damage from last year's ice storm. This harvest is necessary to improve the overall health of the forest. The state bought Tygarts ........more >
Yatesville Lake State Park
Yatesville Lake provides plenty of room to skim the waves or catch some rays in your favorite cruisecraftbe it a houseboat, pontoon, speed boat or jet ski. The Yatesville Marina offers everything boaters and fishers need for lake fun. Relax in the scenic lakeside setting of Yatesville Lake's campground.........more >
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