National Parks in Kentucky

From breathtaking views at Cumberland Gap to the unique labyrinths of Mammoth Cave, adventure abounds in Kentucky's national parks.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Visitors walk the steps to the shrine housing the log cabin representing the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in LaRue County near Hodgenville, Kentucky, on Monday, July 30, 2007. (David Perry/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

Photo by: Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington Herald-Leader

National Historic Park, Hodgenville, KY

See where the name Lincoln Logs came from by visiting the birthplace of the 16th president of the United States of America. The country's first memorial to Abraham Lincoln, built with donations from young and old, houses the symbolic look-a-like cabin representing his birthplace. Plan an educational field trip to Hodgenville, KY >>

Big South Fork

Yahoo Falls, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky, USA

Photo by: Danita Delimont

Danita Delimont

National River & Recreation Area, Oneida, KY and TN

Looking to go fishing, hiking, camping, paddling horseback riding or stargazing? You can do all of those at Big South Fork. Pack your gear and plan a trip >>

Cumberland Gap

View of the Cumberland River from a pinnacle of mountains in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, where Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky meet.

Photo by: Kenneth Murray

Kenneth Murray

National Historic Park, Middlesboro, KY and TN, VA

Discover the great outdoors in the 24,000 acres of mountainous landscape at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Learn about cave tours, nearby attractions and other available activities >>

Fort Donelson

National Battlefield, Dover, KY and TN

Fort Donelson was the site of one of the many Union victories of the Civil War. See the battlefield and cemetery and learn more about the 1862 events of the battle and how the Union victory led to Ulysses S. Grant's subsequent success. Plan your visit >>

Mammoth Cave

National Park, Mammoth Cave, KY

With more than 400 miles of vast caves explored, the aptly-named Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave system. Take a ranger-led tour >>

Trail of Tears

National Historic Trail, KY and AL, AR, GA, IL, MO, NC, OK, TN

Commemorate the 15,000 Cherokee people who the government forcefully displaced from their native homes in Georgia, Alabama and Tennesse to live in what is now Oklahoma. As you walk parts of 5,043-mile-long trail, read stories of struggle, hardship and survival and reflect on the somber event in America's history. Pick which paths to take >>

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