Paddlers will have a chance to experience the beauty of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. One of our country’s great frontiers through a flatwater river dash down the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River while being surrounded by scenic gorges, sandstone bluffs, and lush forestland. This is a spectacular paddle sports event you do not want to miss!
The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to announce the creation of Bluegrass River Run presented by Beinthewater as a the kick-off race of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series season. BRR is a great early season race to recover from the winter. Paddlers will blast off from Kentucky State Park's Fort Boonesborough State Park on a portion of the beautiful palisades section of the Kentucky River that flows through the heart of the Bluegrass region. Starting from the beach below historic Fort Boonesborough founded by the great frontiersman Daniel Boone, the race will follow the river through impressive rock outcroppings of the Kentucky Palisades. Paddlers will be immersed in the ambiance of early spring with beautiful views of river banks in full bloom. Along the way at each turn in the river you’ll see many varieties of dogwoods, as well as maples, weeping cherry trees, redbuds and other flowering species. The 6 mile race will end at Proud Mary’s BBQ in Fayette County and the 19 mile at the historic Valley View Ferry which has been in operation since 1780. We will field a youth division for ages 10 - 16. Post race we will gather on the sandy beach at Proud Mary's BBQ for some great local barbecue, fellowship with games and music, and of course presentation of race awards.
Adult Solo Racer: $50 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $60, April 16 - 20: $65
Tandem Race team: $90 before March 31st, April 1 -15: $95, April 16 - 20: $100
Family Friendly Float: $5 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $10, April 16 - 20: $12
Youth Racer: $15
Transfer/Refund Policy: Entry fees are non-transferable. We offer a partial reimbursement of registration costs up until five days before race day. Race credit is available.
Shuttle service for the event will be provided by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. For racers, the shuttle is provided as part of your entry fee. For floaters, you will need to purchase a $5 shuttle ticket via Paddleguru.
Paddlers will drop their boat at Fort Boonesborough State Park and proceed to their respective take-outs (Proud Mary's or the Valley View Ferry), park their vehicles and then the shuttle will transport you back to the park.
Friday, April 28th
7 P.M Pre-race Party at Halls on the River in Clark County.
Saturday, April 29th
7:00 A.M Boat Drop - Off/ Check - In
8:30 19 Mile shuttle departs Valley View Ferry
9:15 6 Mile Shuttle departs from Proud Mary’s BBQ
9:30: 19 Mile Racer Meeting
10:00: 19 Mile Race Start
10:30: 6 Mile Racer’s Meeting
11:00 6 Mile Race Start
11:15 6 Family Friendly Float Start
12:00 - 3 P.M Bluegrass River Run Expo, Games, & Music at Proud Mary's BBQ
3:15: Dinner & Awards at Proud Mary's BBQ
Proud Mary's BBQ: 9079 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40515
Fort Boonesborough State Park: 4375 Boonesboro Rd, Richmond, KY 40475
Valley View Ferry: Valley View Ferry, Kentucky 169, Richmond, Kentucky
EKI is excited to take part in the conference, with founder Gerry James joining Megan Epperson of Pine Mountain Settlement School and Preston Lacy of Kentucky Natural Land Trust; as a panelist at the Becoming a Better Steward for our Appalachian Mountains workshop. (Saturday, 4-5 p.m.). EKI will also be leading a stewardship and hike alongside the Kentucky Natural Land Trust (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.).
Join the Explore Kentucky Initiative and Kentucky Yoga Initiative for a weekend of outdoor rejuvenation and restoration at Natural Bridge State Park. Natural Bridge is located near the Daniel Boone National Forest's Red River Gorge National Geological Area. During this weekend, participants will have the opportunity to practice different styles of yoga led by KYI teachers, explore the natural world and landscape photography through guided hikes led by EKI staff; while enjoying some time outdoors with the Kentucky outdoor and yoga communities.
Participants are welcome to tent camp at a group camp site at the Middle Fork Campground, located at Natural Bridge State Park. Programming will begin with an opening yoga class on Friday, April 14th at 7:30 P.M. Participants will have the option to participate in a morning yoga class on Saturday, April 15th and then may choose between two different hikes that will be guided by EKI. That evening, the group will join together for a dinner at Red River Rock House, followed by an evening yoga practice and optional night hike. The weekend will conclude with an early yoga class on Sunday, April 16th. Participants who want to leave early to return to families for Easter Sunday are welcome to leave Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
The program fee includes all yoga classes, two breakfasts and two guided hikes. Participants should bring additional snacks, lunch for Saturday and money for dinner at Red River Rock House. Campers will need to bring all necessary supplies for outdoor camping.
On March 12th we will hold our first guided event of the year, a joint hike and photography workshop led by the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust Forest's Steward Director, Preston Lacy and EKI Director, Gerry Seavo James.
Our partner, The Bowling Green Riverfront Foundation, a non-profit organization working to creating the Barren River Outdoors Center; an integrated outdoor recreational area that will provide family friendly tourism and broadly inclusive non-traditional recreational opportunities including white water boating, climbing, mountain biking, hiking and trail running is hosting a riverfront clean-up this Saturday, December 3rd.! Please come out and help them clean up at Mitch McConnell Park.
All necessary materials for clean-up efforts are provided; trash bags and gloves. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing you don't mind getting dirty.
For more information on BGRF's efforts, please visit their website at http://www.bgriverfront.org or contact Clinton Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Lands & Waters, a river cleanup non-profit organization, is coming down the Ohio River, stopping in Charleston State Park in Indiana (10/25-11-5) and Louisville (11/8-12/6)! Please come out and help them clean up the Ohio River, which we love to recreate on! For these efforts, volunteers will go out on LL&W's johnboats and collect garbage from the river banks.
Kentucky’s newest and largest indoor rock climbing gym, L' Ecscalade Fitness will celebrate it’s 1st year anniversary with a huge celebration on October 15.
The 1st Annual Drakes Creek Watershed Festival will kick off on October 8! The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to announce that we will be partnering with great folks at the Kentucky Division of Water, Upper Green RIver Watershed Watch, Nat's Outdoors, and Meijer to host this event.
In honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary there are 16 FEE-FREE days to all National Parks in 2016! Mark your calendars and start planning your visit now: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Though Mammoth Cave National Park is Kentucky's only national park, our state has several NPS sites that are free to visit throughout year including the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln:http://www.nps.gov/state/ky/index.htm
The Explore Kentucky Initiative and the Powell County Public Library (PCPL) have collaborated to create an outdoor recreational festival as part of PCPL's summer reading program called " In My Backyard: Red River Gorge.
The premise of the event is to engage the general public to become involved with all the awesome outdoor recreational and nature watching opportunities that the Red River Gorge National Geological Area and surrounding area offers. Our hope is to inspire participants to become stewards of the environment, take ownership of the amazing landscape in their backyard, and to build self confidence through adventure just as the famed rock climber, Alex Honnold author of " Alone on the Wall " (one of PCPL's summer reading program books) has in his rock climbing journey over the past two decades.
On May 7th we are joining Be in the Water, a grassroots organization that promotes simple living and a balanced life through the outdoors and the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area to coordinate a cleanup of portions of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail from Yamacraw Bridge all the way to Big Creek.
Our partner, Orvis Louisville has started up their fly-fishing programs for 2016. Learn fly-fishing basics in one of their free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages, the Fly Fishing 101 course includes free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.
Trail Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting place: Lower shelter near park entrance
On Saturday, April 23rd we will be in participating in Kingdom Come State Park's spring clean-up day from 9 am - 3 pm.
Volunteers will be picking up trash, removing brush, planting flowers and doing some trail work. Volunteers are asked to bring their own hand tools. (No chainsaws please) Snacks and water will be provided.
Kingdom Come State Park located in near Cumberland is one of the 49 parks within the Kentucky State Park System. The park offers hiking trails, spectacular mountain scenery, fishing, picnic areas, primitive campsites, mini-golf and pedal boats. Also it it is the current terminus of the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail Named after the popular Civil War novel, ‘The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,’ by Kentucky author John Fox Jr., the park preserves 1,283 acres of unspoiled wilderness.
The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) hosted by Western Kentucky University Recreational Administration is coming to Louisville, tomorrow March 30th! Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door.
We have partnered with Kentucky Rock Climbing Adventure Guides, one of the Bluegrass’s premier climbing guide services to host an intro to sport climbing clinic on March 26th for members of our EKI community and the general public.
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is looking for 10-15 volunteers to join them at Bissell Bluff Wildlife Management and State Natural Area in Livingston County to assist with trail maintenance and prepare for spring visitors. We guarantee that this will be a fun and rewarding experience!
Join us for an inspiring night of film and activism! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, is making its second in Kentucky, on Saturday, March 4th, 2016 at the Clifton Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Join us for an inspiring night of film and activism! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, is making its debut in Morehead, Kentucky, on Saturday, February 6th, 2016, featuring 14 stunning, inspiring films, and showcasing regional businesses who support outdoor recreation in Kentucky, as well as groups who work on outdoor recreation and environmental issues. We are thrilled to be joining the Kentucky Heartwood and the Sheltowee Trace Association in partnership to bring the film festival to the spacious and welcoming Morehead Conference Center. We will have an informational booth at the festival and premiere a short film about rock climbing in Red River Gorge.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.
Tickets now on sale: http://www.kyheartwood.org/tickets.html
View the lineup of 14 stunning, inspiring films at: http://www.kyheartwood.org/wild--scenic-film-selections-2015.html
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is possible because of the generous support of local and national sponsors including Red River Outdoors, Wild Birds Unlimited, Earth Tools, Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, Kentucky Resources Council, The Explore Kentucky Initiative , Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Orion Magazine, Klean Kanteen, Earthjustice, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
Sunday looks to be beautiful and sunny! The Central Kentucky SUP Meet-Up is hosting a 7 mile paddle on the Kentucky River!
In honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary there will be 16 FEE-FREE days to all National Parks in 2016! Mark your calendars and start planning your visit now. The first fee-free day of the year is January 18th: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Though Mammoth Cave National Park is Kentucky's only national park, our state have several NPS sites that are free to visit throughout year including the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln:http://www.nps.gov/state/ky/index.htm