The Best Places to Enjoy the Great Outdoors of Kentucky

Your Old Kentucky home is one of the most underrated yet wholesome places to explore the great outdoors. Whether you're exploring the heart of the Appalachian Mountains or looking to go swimming for a day, there are many parks and attractions open to you.

Today we'd like to walk you through some of the most popular outdoor attractions throughout the countryside. If one of these attractions resonates with you, check out our list of bed and breakfasts near each one! It will help you plan the perfect vacation.

Cumberland Gap

Explore this lovely section of the Appalachian Mountains! Cumberland Gap is a popular tourist destination for sightseeing, hiking, mountain biking, and more! You'll be able to hike to the highest peak in the park and into the chilling depths of Gap Cave. It's a grand outdoor experience no matter what you love to do!

On top of natural landmarks, there are some historic sites that are fascinating to explore as well, including Hensley Settlement. The small wooden cottages mark the remnants of a small yet thriving community of around 100 people. Learn their stories and walk away with a strong appreciation of their history.


Nearby Bed and Breakfasts:
Harmony House B&B
Governor's Inn B&B

Big South Fork

If you'd rather dive into the water instead of hiking through the hills, then you might prefer a trip to Big South Fork, a vast national river with all the fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities you could ever want. Hiking is also big here, with the Twin Arches and Angel Falls Overlook being two of the fan favorites.

For the brave types, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and rock climbing are other fun things to do while you're in the area. Click the links on the activities you most want to do and you'll find the directions for each of them.


Nearby Bed and Breakfasts:
Harmony House B&B
Governor's Inn B&B

Green River Lake State Park

Because this isn't as big of a national attraction, sometimes our guests don't realize just how cool Green River Lake State Park really is, but it has everything that you could want out of a vacation. There's overnight fishing, 28 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding opportunities, and a scenic drive for wildlife enthusiasts.

There's a lot of beach shore, so if you just want to relax on the water while having a picnic, you are free to do so. Birdwatching is popular because of the many waterfowl and forest-y areas nearby, so make sure you bring your pair of binoculars!


Nearby Bed and Breakfasts:
Grand Victorian Inn
Main Street B&B

Mammoth Cave National Park

We've talked extensively about Mammoth Cave on this website, as it's arguably the most unique outdoor attraction that Kentucky has to offer. As one of the largest cave systems in the world, you'll be able to walk into the depths in a whole bunch of ways.

Whether you want to learn the caverns history, want to exert yourself physically through the cave's most physically demanding sections, or you just want to see some cool rock formations, Mammoth Cave offers something for every type of vacationer. The Domes and Dripstones Tour remains one of the finest options, but there are literally dozens of tours.


Nearby Bed and Breakfasts:
Grand Victorian Inn
Main Street B&B

Check Out Our Travel Guide!

Looking for more things to do throughout the Bluegrass State? Check out our useful travel guide, where we cover everything from Covington to Paducah, KY. Want to tour a horse farm in Lexington? Need to plan a vacation to downtown Louisville? We can help you here!