The inaugural Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle is the Explore Kentucky Initiative’s way of showcasing Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort (our base camp) as the ultimate adventure town! The event consists of a 3.7 mile run, 6 mile MTB ride, and 6 mile paddle on the Kentucky River.
Join us for the Almost Heaven Paddle Battle on beautiful Summersville Lake WV! The start and end of the race is at Battle Run Campground, so there will be no need for shuttle. Three race lengths(3, 6, and 12 mile) and several boat categories will provide a race for everyone. The 6 and 12 mile races will take paddlers past the picturesque sandstone of Long Point.
Finisher prizes for all who compete and prizes for 1st place in 3 and 6 mile races.
CASH Payout Prize for 1st place in each of the 12 mile categories.
Host: Mtn Surf Paddle Sports, Meghan Fisher, and Wendy Scott
Visit: https://paddleguru.com/races/AlmostHeavenPaddleBattleSummersvilleLake for more info and to register.
Coming from out of town and want to stay on the lake, walking distance from the start line!? Battle Run Campground is your place. It books up early, so don’t wait too long. https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/battle-run/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73075
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 Founder, Gerry Seavo James
Ascientionist Event's Red River Gorge MTB 100 is back again for 2018. This race features an arduous one hundred mile race in and around Kentucky's Red River Gorge using paved country roads, back country double track, and a little bit of single track
The No Business Hundred is a trail endurance race that begins and ends at the abandoned coal mining town, Blue Heron, just east of Stearns, KY. The course is a single 100 mile loop that traverses through the heart of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area across the state line into Tennessee and back on some of the oldest trails in the southeast.
Join the Morgatown Trail Town Taskforce for a float from Logansport, KY at Reed's Ferry as they journey down the Green River to Rochester, for their fall festival. There will be giveaways for those participating so join them for your chance to win. We Hope to see you there!
The Great Ohio River Odyssey is coming back again in 2018! Paddlers will have the opportunity to take on three unique courses on waterways (The Ohio River and Harrods Creek) in the Greater Louisville Area: The Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race, 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race, & the Harrods Creek Run 2.5 Mile Run.
September is a great time to come enjoy traditional storytelling at the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.
Join the railway for their annual Blue Heron Ghost Train storytelling event.
Take the Big South Fork Scenic Railway to the abandoned coal-mining camp or arrive by car. The train will depart from the Stearns Depot at 7:00 p.m. and head into the gorge before arriving at the Blue Heron Museum
Park staff and volunteers will lead groups of visitors in the darkness of night by only the flickers of lanterns to local storytellers. They, through the age-old tradition of the spoken word, will share their traditional tales from around the region with you.
For information on riding the train please contact the Big South Fork Scenic Railway at 1 (800) 462-5664 or visit their website at www.bsfsry.com. There is a fee to ride this round-trip excursion and reservations are recommended.
Those who prefer to attend this event for free may drive their own vehicles to this activity and may follow the directional signs from Stearns via KY HWYs 92W and 1651S to 742W. Blue Heron Mining Community is located approximately 12 miles from Stearns, KY at the end of HWY 742W. Free parking is available. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase at the concession stand.
The annual Blue Heron Ghost Train is sponsored by Big South Fork in operation with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, McCreary County Library, and the McCreary County Performing Arts Council.
Red River Adventure is hosting the first ever Kayaks for K9s event, on National Dog Day, August 26th 2018, in the Red River Gorge, to raise awareness for homeless/shelter pets.
RRA is asking all of our customers to bring donations of supplies to help support the Wolfe County and Menifee County animal shelters!
Natural Bridge on Rappel. Cost $5. We will strap you in for a ride to remember as you drop down into Natural Bridge. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however, you must also fit in the harness per manufactures' safety guidelines. $5 per person
Bring your SUP, Kayak, Prone, or Canoe and join the The Explore Kentucky Initiative, Project 908, & Stand Up Paddle Cincinnati at the world famous Ohio River Paddlefest 2018 for the Cincinnati Ohio River Paddlefest Races, an event apart of the 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series.
Join Kentucky Heartwood for a one-of-a-kind festival featuring a youth music contest, art exhibitors, children’s activities, a chalk drawing competition, hands-on workshops, a folk dance, and entertainment by original bands Lylak and the Don Rogers Band.
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.
HOST: Asbury Adventure Leadership School & The Explore Kentucky Initiative
BOTTOM OUT RISK: No
Hazard: Portage required
BODY OF WATER: Kentucky River
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.
Calling all 9-12 year olds! Boone County Conservation District's Conservation Kids Camp is full of fun outdoor adventure and perfect for any kid who wants to explore the water, soil, field, and forests of Boone County.
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
Learn how to catch, clean, and cook your own fish at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Hook and Cook Outdoor Afro workshop at the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area. This event is family-friendly and perfect for folks who are new to fishing.
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.