LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky offers a cornucopia of different landscapes, natural formations, and topographies.
Ranging from the farmlands of western Kentucky, the various cave systems of south-central Kentucky, and the mountains of eastern Kentucky, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery and natural wonders.
Pull up your map, grab your outdoor gear, and consider visiting one of these four natural attractions in Kentucky.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park — Red River Gorge
The tapestry of colors in the sky and the fall foliage really help sell the beauty of this natural wonder. Tucked away in Slade, Mother Nature handcrafted a work of art from the abundance of sandstone in the area.
As an “outdoor mecca,” the bridge stands around 65 feet high and covers a distance of 78 feet, making the scenic location in Kentucky appealing to hikers and nature photographers alike.
Visitors wanting to explore the bridge have access to a skylift, which soars through the forest to the top. A short trail will take you from the skylift to the base of the natural bridge, where visitors are encouraged to venture across.
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Cumberland Falls Moonbow — Lake Cumberland
As legend has it, Cumberland Falls is the only place where someone can experience an actual, organic moonbow. This has been disputed by some, but a moonbow is considered a special gift to see firsthand.
Known as the “Niagara of the South,” Cumberland Falls stands seven stories tall and stretches 125 feet wide. During the daytime, Cumberland Falls is enough of a wonder to behold, but a few days each month, a lunar rainbow can form on the falls, provided the sky is clear.
Kentucky Tourism advises hikers to exercise caution when trekking to the falls. The Moonbow Trail is “long, strenuous, and occasionally in need of maintenance, so it’s best for hikers looking for a challenge.”
However, for those who don’t feel comfortable hiking in the dark, there are other options, including a half-mile trail that ends at the observation decks.
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Mammoth Onyx Cave — Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Onyx Cave was discovered in 1799 and opened for public tours in 1922.
The onyx stalactites and stalagmites were formed by the chisel of Mother Nature through sediment-filled water droplets solidifying together across countless decades.
This is considered an active cave. When it rains, water will still drip down through the ground into the cave. In other words, the cave is ever-changing.
With so many different formations, visitors are encouraged to ask their tour guides about cave popcorn and cave cauliflower.
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Big South Fork National River Park — Cumberland River
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFW) described the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River as a place where “the gods stomped their feet in anger.”
Building-sized boulders that nearly choke the river create pressurized water flows and rapids that would later be nicknamed:
- Broken Rib
- Washing Machine
- Snaggle Tooth
- Devil’s Jump
Those who paddle this river are routinely awe-struck by “the incredible beauty of floating on the waters.” According to KDFW, no other float in Kentucky holds such scenic wonderment, as towering cliffs surround boats that float over Caribbean-colored shallow waters.
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