Every spring, naturalists, photographers, and nature-lovers flock to Pine Mountain to immerse themselves in one of the region's most prolific wildflower habitats. In mid-April, the James E. Bickford State Nature Preserve on the campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School is in full bloom with over 100 species of wildflowers across the forest, including several species of trillium, showy orchids, dwarf crested iris, and more!
Learn, hike, and experience Kentucky's most beautiful and bio-diverse wildlands during Pine Mountain's renowned Lucy Braun forest study workshop June 7-9, 2018. The workshop is named in honor of one of the first and foremost conservationists of the 20th century, E. Lucy Braun. Dr. Lucy, as she was called by her colleagues, devoted her life to the study of plants and to conservation campaigns to save wilderness areas and other natural sites.
Join the Cave Run Lake Chapter - Sheltowee Trace Association for their hike to kick off a series of 5 day hikes to cover the 36 miles of the Trace located in Rowan County.
Winter Adventure Weekend is an annual event held on the last full weekend of January at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky. We offer activities and workshops for anyone interested in the great outdoors. Whether you are a beginner or advanced adventurer, you can go hiking, rappelling, climbing, tree climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. We also offer wild cave tours, winter survival workshops and much more. Select from a list of field trips and instructional workshops from experienced guides. You must be at least six years old to participate. You will want to register early since many trips limit the number of participants and fill up quickly. Some trips have age requirements and additional fees. Some trips have special equipment requirements. The event begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday afternoon. Come early or stay late! You don't need to attend the entire event. Come when you want, leave when you want!
Organizer: Carter Caves State Resort Park
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
The Big Turtle 50 Miler, 50K, and 10 Miler trail races hosted by Next Opportunity events are the premier trail running events in Kentucky. A beautiful and challenging route along Kentucky's northern Sheltowee Trace Recreation Trail.