If you’re a thrill-seeker who wants to throw yourself into the great outdoors, Kentucky’s landscapes can answer your call. Creeks, caves, rivers and meadows turn Kentucky’s terrain into a wild playground. And don’t forget to spend some time in the saddle too—you’re in the horse capital of the world after all.
RAFTING IN ELKHORN CREEK
Not satisfied with just tasting Kentucky’s bourbon? How about taking a ride on the water it’s made from. In Elkhorn Creek you can choose to take a guided rafting or canoe tour or, if you’re experienced, go it alone and feel the rush of the river. If your adventure puts you in the mood for a drink then nearby is the Buffalo Trace Distillery where visitors can wander through aromatic wooden warehouses packed with barrels of the good stuff.
LOSE YOURSELF IN THE CAVE CITY
Prefer your adventures subway? Kentucky offers some of the best caving in the world. From Mammoth Cave, the longest known cave system, to Cave City, home to the Onyx Cave, Outlaw Cave and the Diamond Caverns where you can join a 5-mile guided tour of the impressive network—head beneath the earth and you can explore to your heart’s content.
But caves aren’t just caves in Kentucky. The state also boasts the deepest subway river on the planet. And if sailing feels a little too tranquil for your liking, once you’ve drifted through on this buried boat tour you can hike down the three miles of Blue Hole Trails to the lovely butterfly habitat nearby. A magical way to end your subway voyage.
Kentucky’s known for its thoroughbreds, the city of Lexington is even nicknamed the “Horse Capital of the World”, so you’d be missing out if you didn’t have a go in the saddle yourself. There are hundreds of miles of trails available to go galloping all across the state, with a challenge for both the beginner and the most accomplished enthusiast. So head to one of the many stables and unleash your Derby spirit.
Get close-up views at top speed of the striking mountains in and around Mammoth Cave National Park along a thrilling zip-line. Kentucky’s eco-friendly canopy tours are sure to get your heart pumping as you fly through the air at up to speeds of 40 miles per hour.