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  • 9 Memorable Ways to Get on the Water in Kentucky with the Entire Family

  • Kentucky's Best Hikes that Lead to Water

  • An Insider's Guide to the Daniel Boone National Forest

  • Kentucky's Must-Visit Paddling Towns (and What to Do in Each)

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  1. Paddling through Bald Cypress Swamps and Sloughs in Western Kentucky: An Otherworldly Adventure

    The landscape of Jackson Purchase area of western Kentucky offers a mosaic of wetlands inundated with wildlife-loaded swamps and sloughs, shaded by groves of water-logged bald cypress and tupelo—ecosystems that are exceptionally rare in the Southeast.

  2. A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Best Whitewater Kayaking in Kentucky

    With everything from calm streams to full-on class V rapids, Kentucky is a paddler’s paradise.

  3. How Kentucky Became One of the Top Paddling States in the Country

    The history of paddling in Kentucky and the best spots in the Bluegrass State to try it for yourself!

  4. How to Start Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Kentucky: What to Know, Where to Go

    Some of our best tips from local experts on how and where to start paddleboarding in Kentucky.

  5. Kentucky's Must-Visit Paddling Towns (and What to Do in Each)

    The amount and variety of water in Kentucky is staggering–from lazy, meandering floats to white-knuckle whitewater. It's no surprise that many of the Trail Towns offer access to amazing paddling opportunities.

  6. 4 Kentucky Canoe Trails That Make For Great Overnight Paddling Trips

    Paddling through Kentucky’s rivers and lakes is one of the best ways to see what the Bluegrass State has to offer.

  7. So, You Want to Start Paddling in Kentucky? Insider Tips for Beginners

    The Bluegrass State is home to more miles of navigable waterways than any other state in the Lower 48, so it’s no wonder that paddling is a favorite summer activity.

  8. Sailing in Kentucky? Your Guide to Uncommon Water Adventures in a Landlocked State

    With so many rivers and lakes, you’ll find plenty of typical boating outings—like whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing—but also a few other unexpected adventures.

  9. 8 Outdoor-Themed Kentucky Events Guaranteed to Be a Great Time

    We’ve put together a list of eight of the best events held throughout the year that will show you some of the best land, lakes, caves, and mountains the Bluegrass State has to offer.

  10. Kentucky's Best Hikes that Lead to Water

    From the well-known Cumberland Falls to the underappreciated Honeymoon Falls, here are some top picks for Kentucky waterfall hikes, plus a bonus trail leading to not one, but two lakes.

  11. The 4 Best Spots to Go Whitewater Rafting in Kentucky

    Many of Kentucky’s best rivers for whitewater rafting are easily accessible while still having that true adventure feel.

  12. 9 Memorable Ways to Get on the Water in Kentucky with the Entire Family

    From afternoons canoeing along undisturbed routes to weeklong vacations on a lakeshore houseboat, the Bluegrass State has a water adventure for every schedule.

  13. 14 Must-Do Outdoor Adventures in Kentucky

    Kentucky has a wealth of outdoors adventures awaiting. Here are 14 of the best: hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, and more.

  14. An Insider's Guide to the Daniel Boone National Forest

    Spanning more than two million acres and 21 counties, the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky is a hidden gem just waiting for you to explore.

  15. An Insider's Guide to the Daniel Boone National Forest

    Spanning more than two million acres and 21 counties, the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky is a hidden gem just waiting for you to explore.

  16. A Guide to the Best Paddling in Kentucky

    Kentucky's waterways are perfect for both flat water paddling and whitewater action. Grab your paddle and get ready to hit the water.

  17. 7 Kentucky Hikes with Amazing Views

    From gorgeous gorge views and breathtaking waterfalls, here are some of the best hikes with a view you’ll find in Kentucky.

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