Ecotourism / Outdoor Recreation

Ecotourism / Outdoor Recreation

Ecotourism has been described as "responsible travel to natural places that protects the environment and sustains the well-being of local residents."

Another term for ecotourism is "nature travel." Ecotourism mean small-scale visitation that provides an authentic experience of the natural resources and cultural heritage of a particular place.

In an era when wildlife is being constantly threatened by increasing development, people are becoming more interested in discovering diverse ways to cherish the natural beauty of our ever-decreasing wilderness areas. Ecotourism offers a passive approach to the appreciation of our natural resources.

This site is a guide to ecotourism in West Kentucky, which is becoming more and more unique in its efforts to preserve its indigenous species of flora and fauna. From bird watching to exploring cypress swamps, West Kentucky has unique plant and animal species that offer exciting outdoor opportunities.

The map will help you to begin your journey into West Kentucky's wildlife wonders. Click on one of the link for wildlife viewing sites. Or refer to the listing of special interest sites below for a closer look at what West Kentucky has to offer.

Outdoor Activities:




Golf in Western KY

Biking in Western Kentucky

Hiking in West Kentucky

Fly Fishing in West Kentucky - It's That Friendly!

Wildlife Areas

West Kentucky Wildlife Management Areas

East Kentucky Wildlife Management Areas

Other Nature-Related Attractions


Mobility Impaired

Unique Geographic Features

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