Enjoy Kentucky’s first national Water Trail: kayaking, canoeing and more

CAVE CITY, Ky.-The Green and Nolin Rivers Blueway is Kentucky’s first national Water Trail.

“We are Kentucky’s first and only for now,” said Cave County Trails project director Rachelle Wright. 

The official signage just went up. A lot went into the application to become a national Water Trail. 

“There was a lot to articulate about the biodiversity that exists here, the popularity of paddling here, the safety with public launches,” said Wright.

The trail stretches a whopping 36 miles across several communities…from Munfordville to Horse Cave to Brownsville. 

“You’re in the middle of 53,000 acres, there’s not many places you can get out on the river in the middle of a national park so it’s just beautiful,” said Green River Canoeing & Kayaking owner Joel Davis. 

One appeal is that you can choose to do a short day excursion or paddle the entire river over multiple days. 

“That’s the beauty of this stretch of river, we can do seven and a half miles, about a three hour trip or up to a three day two night trip.”

Some even enjoy other activities outdoors beyond the river. 

“Great opportunities for hiking, cycling, biking, backpacking and paddling so it’s a place where people can really enjoy the outdoors in many ways,” said Wright. 

Nature and the outdoors is something people appreciated even more during the pandemic. The river saw more action over the last two years, something staff hopes will continue. 

“We hope that that doesn’t go back down after the pandemic, but we see it continue to grow. That people have discovered a love of being outside,” said Wright. 

It’s an activity that clearly anyone can enjoy.