Kentucky is one of the most iconic states to see nature, wildlife, and scenic vistas. But even more appealing is experiencing these wide-open spaces and blanketed forests from a motorcycle. The winding roads and rolling hills may be calling you this summer and fall, and planning a motorcycle ride through the Bluegrass State is easy when you know where to go.
Here are a few places worth seeing for yourself. And with the Kentucky breeze on your face, you’ll understand why enthusiasts say this state offers some of the most incredible motorcycle rides.
Daniel Boone National Forest is breathtaking
Kentucky is rich with National Parks and countless recreational areas. And Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the most breathtaking to see from a motorcycle. The U.S. Forest Service says visitors can see sprawling stretches of dense woodlands. But a motorcycle ride through here will also mean breathtaking views of waterways, winding hills, and chance wildlife. You’ll also want to get out your camera when you see the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge.
Jenny Wiley State Park never disappoints
As you plan your motorcycle ride through Kentucky, allow time to drive through Jenny Wiley State Park. Another state gem, this site is located near Prestonsburg and offers a host of activities. Boating and fishing, elk viewing tours, mountain biking, hiking, and bourbon sampling are available. But a quiet drive through this beautiful park may be all you need. And Kentucky State Parks offers plenty of camping and lodging options if you choose to spend a night or two in this gorgeous landscape.
Mammoth Cave is a Kentucky must-see
Don’t forget to make time on your motorcycle ride to explore Mammoth Cave. This is the world’s longest-known cave system and a true must-see. Thousands of years of human history wait to be explored, along with an incredible diversity of animal and plant life, the Mammoth Cave site shows. You could spend an entire week exploring the area, with lodging, horseback riding, canoeing, and other diversions. But if you plan to breeze through on your Kentucky motorcycle trip, at least set aside enough time to take a tour of this iconic cave.
Cruise Cumberland Falls for a cool ride
Along Route 90, starting at Parkers Lake, motorcycle riders can enjoy the beautiful Kentucky backdrop leading to Cumberland Falls. Expect a 27-mile stretch of easy-to-ride roads, Inside Louisville reports, and plenty of amenities along the route to explore. But if you have time, especially in the early evening, you might even catch a glimpse of the moonbow over the falls. It’s a rare sight available only at certain times of the year.
Try the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and some of the finest spirits
Explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for a truly authentic bourbon-sipping experience. Plan your motorcycle ride to see 18 of the finest distilleries. You can get a Bourbon Trail passport, too, and get it stamped at each stop. According to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail site, a full-stamped passport unlocks special access at various distillery locations. But remember to ride responsibly.
There’s still ample time left this summer and fall to plan a motorcycle ride through Kentucky. Just don’t forget to add these stops to your itinerary. It’s a truly amazing nature experience found only in Kentucky — and enjoyed best from the seat of a motorcycle.