Written by: Tourism
Science proves that getting out into nature and hiking or just plain walking is good for your health! People who surround themselves with nature and get out and exercise experience less anxiety and stress…and boy do we need less stress right now for sure! Jamestown, Kentucky is an Official Kentucky Trail Town, and proud to have several options for hiking trails – here are 5 of our favorites!
The Nature Explorer Hiking Trail at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is a 3/4 mile interactive trail that passes through a variety of ecosystems, winding around Hatchery Creek, and then back to the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor’s Center. Native species like whitetail deer, wild turkey, rabbits, squirrels, songbirds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians are common along the trail. This trail connects to the Corps of Engineers Whispering Pines Hiking Trail. DIFFICULTY: Moderate
Whispering Pines Hiking Trail connects to the Nature Explorer Trail at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, and is a very gentle hiking trail within the Kendall Recreation Area on Corps of Engineers grounds in Jamestown, Kentucky. DIFFICULTY: Easy
In addition to the hiking trails the Army Corps of Engineers has one of the Best Campgrounds right along the Cumberland River – Kendall Recreation Area! Campsites are wide and are able to accommodate larger RV’s, boats, and vehicles. TO MAKE A RESERVATION,or locate further information, contact the Recreation.gov reservation line toll-free at 1-877-444-6777. This telephone service is available from March 1 to October 31 between the hours of 10am – Midnight EST and from November 1st through the last day of February between the hours of 10 am – 10 pm (EST). You can also find information and make reservations online here at Recreation.gov.
There are some wonderful hiking trails along Hatchery Creek! Hatchery Creek is a one of a kind trout stream that flows down a valley and into the beautiful Cumberland River, allowing trout to move between the river and the stream. This exceptional stream is home to rainbow, brown, and brook trout – the state record for all three were caught right here on the Cumberland River. As you hike along the stream to the Cumberland River, you will notice the variety of eco systems & natural environments. You will catch sight of a variety of flowers, deer, birds and more. Hatchery Creek is located on the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery grounds – 50 Kendall Road in Jamestown, Kentucky.
Enjoy the gorgeous vistas as you hike around beautiful Lake Cumberland at the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown,Kentucky. Baugh Branch Trail is a 1.6 mile linear trail, with the trailhead located 3.6 miles back from the park entrance. The trail has level terrain and an easy grade. The end of the trail is steep and leads up to the Lake Overlook and Baughs Branch. GET DIRECTIONS
Lake Bluff Trail at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is a 4 mile linear trail with the trailhead located at the activites center. There are numerous road crossings that allow for variations of length. The trail ends at the Lake Cumberland Overlook. You will encounter steep slopes and rough grades on this wonderful Lake Cumberland hiking trail. GET DIRECTIONS
Hiking is just what the doctor ordered and the perfect way to reduce stress and improve your health. Jamestown, Kentucky has a bounty of gorgeous natural views & is the perfect place to safely get away & bask in our wide open spaces. For a full list of Lake Cumberland hotels, motels, luxury cabin rentals or wonderful campgrounds go to www.LakeCumberlandVacation.com.