6 Kentucky hikes for National Take a Hike Day

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, tour participants enter Mammoth Cave in Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky. A cave system in Kentucky that's known as the longest in the world has reached 400 miles. The National Park Service says Mammoth Cave in south central Kentucky recently added 10 miles to its explored underground length. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, tour participants enter Mammoth Cave in Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky. A cave system in Kentucky that’s known as the longest in the world has reached 400 miles. The National Park Service says Mammoth Cave in south central Kentucky recently added 10 miles to its explored underground length. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Nov. 17 is Take a Hike Day, and with the weather still above 65 degrees in central Kentucky, it might be the last comfortable hike in the season.

Popular hiking app AllTrails lists 828 trails, with even more secret trails available in the 19,375 square miles of forests in the Bluegrass State.

We have narrowed the selection down to some popular options to get you in a hiking mood and see the fall colors before the cold weather sets in for good.

Here are 6 great hikes to celebrate:

Short and Accessable:

1. McConnell Springs Trail

  • This park trail is located inside Lexington and is just over a half-mile. It features a paved loop walking path and some water features as you walk.

2. Flat Lick Falls Trail in Daniel Boone National Forest

  • This hike runs just over a half-mile, with some paved walkways. Those using mobility equipment may need some assistance.

Moderate, with a payoff:

3. Dog Slaughter Falls Trail in Cumberland Falls State Park

  • The trail runs 2.4 miles and rewards the hiker with a waterfall the feeds a small pool that flows into the Cumberland River.

4. Indian Staircase Trail in Daniel Boone National Forest

  • Running 3.1 miles this trail, the trail is a climb and will have you taking moving up the mountain a lot, but will reward you with a view of the mountains and all of the fall colors.

A Challenge:

5. Cloud Splitter Short Cut Tail in Daniel Boone National Forest

  • An out and back intense trail that requires a short rope climb to finish. The trail is just over a mile and will give you a treetop view as a reward.

6. Pilot Knob and Sage Point Loop in Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve

  • This trail is tied to Kentucky history and is marked “Boone’s Overlook”, where many say Daniel Boone first looked over the Bluegrass region. The trail runs 1.25 miles and offers historical views for those who finish it.

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