Friday, August 12, 2016

National Lands: Kentucky

Mammoth_Cave_National_Park (Kentucky)
Mammoth_Cave_National_Park (Kentucky) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The world's longest known cave system is in Kentucky. Mammoth Cave National Park has over 400 miles of caves. The park is located to the northeast of Bowling Green with easy access provided by Interstate 65. Cave tours are available, but visitors should check the National Park Service website for the list of restricted items. No matter how hot the weather is, visitors should remember the cave temperature is much lower. A jacket would come in handy. The park offers more than the cave. Biking, hiking, camping and horseback riding are also available. Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has 125,000 acres of land. This area is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border just west of Interstate 75. The park has hiking trails and horse trails. Whitewater rafting is available and so is the opportunity to tour a coal mine.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is in three states. The park is where Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia all meet just east of Interstate 75. The area has waterfalls, trails and caves. It is also rich in historical sites. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is located southeast of Elizabethtown and to the east of Interstate 65. Hiking trails and picnic areas are available. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail travels through nine states. It commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee people from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. In Kentucky the trail runs through the southwestern part of the state.

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