Weekend on the Water In Estill County
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Weekend on the Water In Estill County

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Join the Estill County Action Group for a weekend on the Kentucky River in Estill County July 28-29! If you love the water or just want to hang out in a beautiful and serene park, this event has something for you! 

  • Saturday July 28: Spend an afternoon lazily tubing on the river (tubes available for purchase or bring your own). 
  • Sunday, July 29: Kayak on the river at your own speed. Choose from a 6 mile race, 12 mile race, or a 6 mile fun paddle. Kayaks available to rent (first come, first serve) or bring your own.

All weekend: food and craft vendors, activities, and camping! 

This event will help with the county's Trail Town certification. Once designated as a Kentucky Trail Town, Estill County will get on the map as an outdoor adventure destination in Kentucky. Come out and help them succeed!

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Paddle The Palisades
Jul
14
11:30 AM11:30

Paddle The Palisades

Paddle the Palisades is a new long distance paddlesports race associated with the Asbury University Center for Adventure Leadership's KR255. This event is designed to introduce people to the concept of the KR255 without the time commitment. Rather than paddle the entire Kentucky River with its 14 portages, racers will only go 30 miles with one portage. 

Paddle the Palisades is the fifth event of The Explore Kentucky Initiative's 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series, a series of paddlesports race event that happen all around the commonwealth.

Register: www.paddleguru.com/races/PaddlethePalisades

HOST: Asbury Adventure Leadership School & The Explore Kentucky Initiative 

BOTTOM OUT RISK: No

Hazard: Portage required

BODY OF WATER: Kentucky River

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The Lovely Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast 2018
Jul
7
7:00 AM07:00

The Lovely Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast 2018

The Lovely Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast returns as part of theKentucky Waterman Series with 3 awesome courses; the 2.5 mile Round the Island Fun Race, 6 Mile LL Open Race, and the 10 Mile LL Open Race. All races launch from the spillway beach at picturesque Laurel River Lake within the Daniel Boone National Forest. This year the Paddle Blast is proud to be apart of the Southern Stoke Paddle Series, a long running series of SUP races that take place around the Southeast.

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Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest (Summer 2018)
Jun
23
9:30 AM09:30

Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest (Summer 2018)

  • 4294 State Highway 840 Wallins Creek, KY, 40873 United States (map)
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We're excited to announce we're partnering up Kentucky Natural Lands Trust for the third year in a row to host a weekend of guided hikes at Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve led by the KNLT's Stewardship Director, Preston Lacy and Program Staff, Carolyn Sexton

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3rd Annual Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

3rd Annual Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon

Kentucky for Kentucky’s 3rd annual Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon – June 2nd 2018! Grab all your friends and meet up at Still Waters Campground near Frankfort, KY for a legendary day and evening packed with Kentucky-bred live music, food, drinks, and fun on the water. The campground is perfectly situated along a horseshoe bend in the creek, allowing for lap after lap of awesome tubing action along a beautiful, mellow section of the Elkhorn

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Beaver Creek Stream Clean Up
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Beaver Creek Stream Clean Up

Come take part in an innovative project: a stream corridor clean-up and creation of a blueway trail along Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Barren River that flows through Glasgow and greater Barren County! You're invited to hike or paddle to help clean up the stream corridor as we prepare for the launch of the initial portion of the trail, a 3 mile stretch that runs from Glasgow's VFW Club to the Beaver Trail Park. The resulting blueway trail is a community investment that will positively impact public health, stream ecology, and generate ecotourism for now and future generations to come.   

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Bluegrass River Run & 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series Kick Off Party
May
12
7:00 AM07:00

Bluegrass River Run & 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series Kick Off Party

The Bluegrass River Run is back again in its second year. This will be the second event of the 2018 Kentucky Waterman Seriesand our first down river race/float of the year; making it a perfect way to start the season. Paddlers will blast off from Kentucky State Park's Fort Boonesborough State Park, the start of beautiful 100 mile + palisades (canyon) section of the Kentucky River that flows through the heart of the Bluegrass region.

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Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest

  • 4294 State Highway 840 Wallins Creek, KY, 40873 United States (map)
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We're excited to announce we're partnering up Kentucky Natural Lands Trust for the third year in a row to host a weekend of guided hikes at Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve led by the KNLT's Stewardship Director, Preston Lacy and EKI Director, Gerry Seavo James.

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Wildlands Art & Music: Group Show 2017
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Wildlands Art & Music: Group Show 2017

In 2015 Kentucky Natural Land Trust, in collaboration with writer Erik Reece and visual artist and writer Zoe’ Strecker, began hosting artists’ retreat on Pine Mountain, a 125-mile forested ridgeline in far southeastern Kentucky. The retreats were aimed at engaging artists in the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project and showing them the splendor of the mountain in hopes they would be inspired by their experience. The group has become known as the Pine Mountain Collective. This show will feature artists that attended the retreats in 2016. 

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The Big South Fork River Dash Presented By Beinthewater
Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

The Big South Fork River Dash Presented By Beinthewater

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!

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Outdoor Afro - Kentucky: Hike The Pinnacles
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Outdoor Afro - Kentucky: Hike The Pinnacles

Join Outdoor Afro Kentucky for a day hike at Berea, Kentucky's Pinnacles co-lead by Outdoor Afro KY-leaders,Alicia Hurle (Deputy Organizing Director for Democracy, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth) and Gerry Seavo James ( Director, The Explore Kentucky Initiative). Located in the Berea College Forest - one of the oldest managed private forests in the United States - the Pinnacles provide several miles of hiking trails with scenic lookouts and breathtaking views at every turn. 

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 Free Smartphone Photography Class (Elizabethtown,KY)
Oct
26
5:30 PM17:30

Free Smartphone Photography Class (Elizabethtown,KY)

  • 1608 Ring Road Elizabethtown, KY, 42701 United States (map)
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Join us for helpful smartphone photography tips and tricks from Gerry James, director of the Explore Kentucky Initiative, photojournalist, and founder of #ExploreKentucky movement. This event is open to the public, so come learn how to capture all of life’s most beautiful moments. #ExploreKentucky #HereThereEverywhere.

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Free Smartphone Photography Class (Bowling Green, KY)
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Free Smartphone Photography Class (Bowling Green, KY)

  • Bowling Green Customer Care Center 1661 Campbell Lane Bowling Green, KY 42104 (map)
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Join EKI & Bluegrass Cellular for helpful smartphone photography tips and tricks from Gerry James, director of the Explore Kentucky Initiative, photojournalist, and founder of #ExploreKentucky movement. This event is open to the public, so come learn how to capture all of life’s most beautiful moments. #ExploreKentucky #HereThereEverywhere.

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Free Smartphone Photography Class (Glasgow, KY)
Oct
19
5:30 PM17:30

Free Smartphone Photography Class (Glasgow, KY)

  • 241 South L Rogers Wells Boulevard Glasgow, KY, 42141 United States (map)
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Join us for helpful smartphone photography tips and tricks from Gerry James, director of the Explore Kentucky Initiative, photojournalist, and founder of #ExploreKentucky movement. This event is open to the public, so come learn how to capture all of life’s most beautiful moments. #ExploreKentucky #HereThereEverywhere.

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 Free Smartphone Photography Class (Elizabethtown,KY)
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Free Smartphone Photography Class (Elizabethtown,KY)

  • 1608 Ring Road Elizabethtown, KY, 42701 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for helpful smartphone photography tips and tricks from Gerry James, director of the Explore Kentucky Initiative, photojournalist, and founder of #ExploreKentucky movement. This event is open to the public, so come learn how to capture all of life’s most beautiful moments. #ExploreKentucky #HereThereEverywhere.

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Red River Gorge MTB 100
Sep
30
7:00 AM07:00

Red River Gorge MTB 100

Where is an epic, leg crushing mountain bike adventure you ask? Look no further than the Red River Gorge MTB 100 put on by local Gorge trail builder, Chris Chaney. It is the first 100 mile mountain bike race in the Gorge. Throughout the 100 miles you will weave through the Red River Gorge, dance along ridges, follow massive sandstone rock faces, and tour Kentucky's countryside via back roads. Finisher medals and race shirts are awarded so you can showcase your true grit.

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Cumberland River Challenge
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Cumberland River Challenge

The Cumberland River Challenge Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard Race hosted by Union College, U- Canoe and Barbourville Tourism is the ninth event apart of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series presented by Southern Paddlesports. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. The race starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson RV Park. Annual “bragging rights” and awards are presented at the end of the race.

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The Great Ohio River Odyssey
Sep
16
7:00 AM07:00

The Great Ohio River Odyssey

The Great Ohio River Odyssey is the ninth stop of the Explore Kentucky Initiative Kentucky Waterman Series presented by Southern Paddlesports and takes place on the Ohio River in the Greater Louisville Area. Three courses are offered: the Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race, 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race, & the Harrods Creek Run 2.5 Mile Run.

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