Kentucky State Parks: Keeping Horse Lovers in Mind

Equine Trails and Campgrounds Suitable for Campers with Horses Across the State

Horse Trails in Kentucky

There are a lot of wonderful (official and non-official) symbols for Kentucky but none are more beautiful than the animals we’re most associated with –  horses. These gorgeous, intelligent, and loving animals are near and dear to a lot of Kentuckian’s hearts, which is something the Kentucky State Park System always keep in mind.

With the opening of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, horseback riders have another 18 miles of trails to enjoy the beautiful Kentucky scenery.

The Kentucky State Parks, which will manage the Dawkins Line that runs through Johnson and Magoffin counties, have several other equine opportunities available to guests.

“The Kentucky State Parks have some excellent trails, campgrounds and riding opportunities throughout the state. Even if you don’t own a horse, several state parks have horses available so all visitors have the chance to enjoy a trail ride on a safe and comfortable mount.” First Lady Jane Beshear

There are five campgrounds suitable for campers with horses at Carter Caves, Taylorsville Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Pennyrile Forest and Greenbo Lake state parks.

The park system has equine trails at those five parks as well as at Green River Lake near Campbellsville.

For those who need a horse, the park system can give you a ride at five parks that have horse concessions. They are: Carter Caves, Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Dam Village, Barren River and Lake Cumberland. These rides are offered on a seasonal basis. Rides usually last about 45 minutes and cost $18.

The Dawkins Line is open to horseback riders, cyclists and hikers. The new trail features 24 trestles and the 662-foot Gun Creek Tunnel.  Plans are underway to add another 18 miles to the trail into Breathitt County.

For more information about equine trails and camping at Kentucky State Parks, visit


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