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    Go Canoeing, Caving, Hiking, And Enjoy More Recreation At Kentucky's State and National Parks

    Kentucky is a paradise for sportsmen and lovers of the outdoors. From caving, hiking and paddle sports to ample opportunities for ATVs and OHVs, Kentucky is an adventure waiting to happen. The west central part of the state boasts the longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave, and the southeast shares a park with Virginia, Breaks Interstate Park, that has been called the "Grand Canyon of the South." Cumberland Falls boasts one of only two moonbows in the world (the other is at Victoria Falls in Africa), and the vast acreage of the Daniel Boone National Forest is as pristine as it was in the 18th century when Boone blazed a trail into Kentucky.

    Fishermen have plenty from which to choose: the warm, shallow lakes of western Kentucky are home to large-mouth bass and crappie; the deep, clear lakes of the south are a haven for smallmouth bass and trout; the eastern mountain lakes are filled with giant muskies and the Ohio River along the northern border is the place to find blue catfish that can exceed 100 pounds.

    Wildlife spotting is another popular activity in the commonwealth. Bald eagles, black bears, elk and bison are among the species that have re-established themselves in the mountainous hardwood forests of eastern Kentucky, the gently rolling grasslands of the central part of the state, and the swamps along the banks of the Mississippi River in the southeast.

    Experience the beauty of each season at Pine Mountain on hiking trails named Hemlock Garden, Honeymoon Falls, Living Stairway and Rock Hotel. Relax in the lodge with private balconies overlooking the forest or in one of the cozy cottages. Overlooking the Kentucky Ridge State Forest, this mountaintop resort became Kentucky’s first state park in 1924. The Mountain Laurel Festival is celebrated here the last weekend in May.

    The Pine Mountain State Resort Park is located at 1050 State Park Road in Pineville, KY. The resort is also home to the championship 18-hole golf course Wasioto Winds, recently ranked by "Golf Digest" as the fourth best new public course in the nation. Designed by Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., it's a links-style course in a valley between two mountains. Wasioto Winds offers a pro shop with clubs and apparel, all-weather golf carts and an indoor training center, and golf packages are offered year round. Wasioto Winds proudly hosts the First Tee of Pine Mountain, a youth development program. With so many opportunities for recreation and activities you'll find something for everyone to enjoy on your visit to Kentucky!

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There:

    To plan your trip to Kentucky visit the Kentucky Department of Travel at http://www.kentuckytourism.com/ to learn about events, attractions and destinations to explore.