Western Kentucky Tour

Streams of the Jackson Purchase

BAYOU DE CHIEN: The Bayou de Chien is beautiful, almost primeval little bayou that is canopied with willow and cypress. Wildlife abounds in the most scenic section of the stream from KY 307 to KY 239. KY 1283 to mouth (Hickman Co, Fulton Co) OBION CREEK: This creek is a dense tangle of cypress trees and deadfalls. It is recommended only to those adventurous souls who don't...

Canoeing

Kentucky has more miles of running water than any state except Alaska. The western portion of the state offers numerous paddling opportunities, including one Wild River--26 miles of the Green River within the confines of Mammoth Cave National Park. This classic flat water run allows camping on islands or riverside sites and features abundant wildlife and rivers bubbling up...

Birds You Are Likely to See

Come visit Western Kentucky where you can find these birds and hundreds more! Great Blue Heron Eastern Wood-Pewee Yellow-breasted Chat Canada Goose Eastern Phoebe Summer Tanager Wood Duck Great Crested Flycatcher Scarlet Tanager Mallard Eastern Kingbird Northern Cardinal Hooded Merganser Northern Rough-winged Swallow Indigo Bunting Turkey Vulture Barn Swallow...

Ballard Loop

This 60-mile loop allows you to visit cypress swamps, marshlands, and woodlands as well as remnants of prairies. Click to Enlarge Starting Point: Paducah, KY B1: West Kentucky WMA At Paducah, take Exit 4 on I-24 west onto US60. Go 7 miles and turn north on KY996 for 3.6 miles. Turn west on KY358 for 2.6 miles to office. HABITAT AND TRAIL INFO: Scattered woodlots, a few...

Trace Trail

This 60-mile route spans the Kentucky-Tennessee areas of Land Between The Lakes and connects with the Automobile Birding Trail in Dover, Tennessee on Highway 79. The route includes opportunities to see upland hardwood forests, agricultural fields, lake shore areas, interior lakes, and bottom wetland habitat. Click to Enlarge Starting Point: Kentucky Dam, Kentucky L1: Kentucky...

Pennyrile Trail

This 75-mile loop allows one to visit three wildlife management areas and a state forest. Scenic overlooks, small caves, and reclaimed minelands are just some of the features. Click to Enlarge Starting Point: Princeton, KY P1: Jones-Keeney WMA At Princeton, go east on US 62 (6 mi.) towards Dawson Springs. Enter Jones-Keeney WMA right off US 62. HABITAT AND TRAIL INFO: Large...

Audubon Trail

This 35 mile trail starts at the John James Audubon Museum in Henderson, KY and includes sloughs, wooded areas and a 1,775 acre waterfowl refuge. Click to Enlarge Starting Point: John James Audubon State Park in Henderson. A1: John James Audubon State Park This state park in Henderson KY is the site of the largest collection of the work of the internationally known wildlife...

Birding

Do you know what a Surf Scoter looks like? Did you know Kentucky has White Pelicans? Have you ever seen a Long-eared owl or a Prothonotary Warbler? How about a Laughing Gull, a Loggerhead Shrike, or a Sharp-shinned Hawk? Come visit Western Kentucky where you can find these birds and hundreds more! Click to enlarge The John James Audubon Birding Trail consists of four driving...
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