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Rolleigh Peterson State Forest

Louisville, KY 40299 (33.847 miles)

The Rolleigh Peterson Educational Forest consists of 98 acres located in eastern Jefferson County. Public access will be limited to periodic guided tours. No fishing, hunting or off-road vehicles will be permitted at any time

Official Website: Rolleigh Peterson State Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Winchester, KY 40391 (42.005 miles)

Primarily mountainous with many sections quite steep and rugged, but with some fairly flat river and creek bottoms and ridge tops. Migratory waterfowl, bald eagles often seen around Cave Run and Laurel lakes. Many trout streams, small lakes throughout, several rivers offer float fishing. Several recreational areas maintained by U.S. Forest Service offer camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback trails, etc. Maps, additional information available from U. S. Forest Service,1700 Bypass Road, Winchester, KY 40391. NOTE: Much land within forest boundaries is still privately owned and permission should be obtained before entering these private holdings.

Official Website: Daniel Boone National Forest

Knobs State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping

Clermont, KY 40110 (44.635 miles)

Knobs State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is located 28 miles south of Louisville. The forest is open for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Hiking, wildlife viewing and regulated hunting are permitted. ATVs and horseback riding are prohibited.

Official Website: Knobs State Forest

Bernheim Armoretum and Research Forest Hiking Fishing Biking

Clermont, KY 40110 (44.635 miles)

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest connects people and nature by: •Providing ample opportunities for quiet, personal experiences with the outdoors, •Fostering curiosity and the love of learning with imaginative, inter-disciplinary, outdoor-oriented horticultural and natural history programs and exhibits, as well as nature-inspired art and cultural activities, and by •Increasing understanding of the natural world through progressive, inter-disciplinary research in horticulture, natural areas management, and habitat restoration

Official Website: Bernheim Armoretum and Research Forest

Kincaid Lake State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Falmouth, KY 41040 (46.122 miles)

Explore the lake in a rental boat from the marina, or soak up the summer sunshine at the lakeside swimming pool. Surrounded by open woodland, the campground offers quiet seclusion with all of the modern conveniences campers expect.

Official Website: Kincaid Lake State Park

Jefferson Memorial Forest Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback

Louisville, KY 40118 (46.823 miles)

Located just 15 miles from downtown Louisville, Jefferson Memorial Forest's 6,191 acres give you the opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular - without leaving the city. Picnic underneath a towering oak tree. Grab a backpack and hit the trails in the nation’s largest municipal urban forest. Or, set up your tent and take in the symphony of crickets and frogs. Whether you want to be adventurous, be inspired or just be, the forest offers all sorts of wonderful woodland possibilities. That's the beauty of the forest - it's your adventure, and it doesn't have to cost you a thing.

Official Website: Jefferson Memorial Forest

Clay WMA Hiking Fishing Hunting Horseback Boating

Carlisle, KY 40311 (48.614 miles)

Steep to rolling terrain; woodlands, 1,700 cleared acres; Hunting and Fishing opportunities. Boat ramp on Licking River. Marietta Booth tract (800 acres) and Webb tract (120 acres) in Fleming County and Bailey Tract (621 acres) in Fleming County. Old roads, trails and miles of maintained roads. Horseback riding trails on main Nicholas County tract only. This WMA is closed to the public during quota fox hunting field trials.

Official Website: Clay WMA

Big Bone Lick State Park Hiking Fishing Camping

Union, KY 41091 (52.641 miles)

Ancient creatures like the mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth and bison once roamed through mineral springs and swamps now grassy plains covered with trees and shrubs. Visit this state park to get an up close look at an American Buffalo herd.

Official Website: Big Bone Lick State Park

Cedar Creek Lake WMA Fishing Hunting

Crab Orchard, KY 40419 (55.060 miles)

Approximately 400 acres are forested and 400 acres are in an open condition. Elevations range from 880 to 1,00 feet above sea level. Good to moderate populations of squirrel, rabbits and songbirds exist on the area. Good to moderate numbers of waterfowl use the lake during spring and fall migration. The area is open under statewide regulations for small game and waterfowl but is not open to modern gun deer season.. See the Fall Hunting and Trapping Guide for additional information concerning hunting seasons

Official Website: Cedar Creek Lake WMA

Green River Lake State Park Hiking Fishing Camping

Campbellsville, KY 42718 (58.388 miles)

Green River Lake State Park opened in 1969 contains 1,331 acres along with the 8,200-acre lake. The park has many attractions for those who love nature and wish to experience the beauty that is Kentucky.

Official Website: Green River Lake State Park