EKI x Kentucky Natural Land Trust's Blanton Forest Guided Hike Weekend


  • Member price: TBA Non-member price: TBA | Space: TBA


Program Overview

Fitness level: Moderate | Skill level : Beginner Group Size: TBA


Explore Kentucky’s Ancient Forest is a program hosted by the Explore Kentucky Initiative and partner organization, Kentucky Natural Lands Trust  at Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves' Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve. This incredible 5 mile hike features the largest old growth forest in the state of Kentucky, with trees dating to the late 1600's! Blanton is also home to scenic overlooks, soaring cliff lines, rock shelters, and pristine mountain streams that contain the Blackside Dace, a threatened species of fish. Lace up your hiking boots, dust off your camera, and join us to learn more about this beautiful wilderness area on Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky!  



  • Challenging 5 mile trail through 3,509+ acres of old-growth and second-growth forestland.

  • Lunch break at Knobby Rock on Pine Mountain with views of the Cumberland Plateau and Black Mountain.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Regional/local geology

  • Basic photography skills

  • Basic knowledge of forest ecology

  • Historical usage of area & work of Kentucky Natural Land Trust

  • Leave No Trace principles.



Camp Blanton

  • Cabins & Primitive Camping available on a call ahead basis.

    • Phone: 606.573.6811

    • Address: 4294 State Hwy 840, Wallins Creek, KY

  • Distance from Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve Trailhead:

    • 0 Miles

    • Drive time - 0 Minutes

  • Cabins & Resort Lodge.

    • Phone: 606.337.3066

    • Address: 1050 State Park Rd, Pineville, KY

  • Distance from Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve Trailhead:

    • 42 Miles

    • Drive time - 39 Minutes

  • Hotel with various room styles.

    • Phone: 606.573.3385

    • Address: 2608 South, US-421, Harlan, KY

  • Distance from Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve Trailhead:

    • 7.4 Miles

    • Drive time - 13 Minutes