Recreation & Tourism: Other Activities
Festivals & Events
"Experience one of Kentucky's finest traditions, horse back riding Jackson-County style."
When you mention Kentucky, most people think of fine horses. So, it's not surprising that outstanding opportunities for horseback riding are available in the Daniel Boone National Forest. For more information about trails and accommodations for horseback riding contact:
Berea Ranger District
185 Big Hill Road
Berea, KY 40403
The Jackson County Saddle Club
Earl Fee at (606) 287-7335
"If heights don't make you dizzy, and a simple challenge is not enough, rappel here."
Numerous sites exist on National Forest land in Jackson County to pursue both rappelling and rock climbing. For additional information about climbing, visit Climbing Online.
Caves & Caving
"Spelunking in quiet mountainside caverns, where you experience the unexpected. It's possible"
Jackson County lies in the heart of one of the most cave rich regions in the United States. Literally, hundreds of caves are located in the "Karst" areas of this county on both public and private land. Caves can be extremely dangerous to those unskilled in exploring this underground world. Caves also harbor numerous species of specially adapted wildlife which are sensitive to disturbance. Two species of federally endangered bats are residents of many of the caves in Jackson County. Both of these species, Indiana Bats as well as Virginia Big-eared Bats, use caves for winter hibernation and/or summer maternity sites. Should you encounter large numbers of bats during a visit to a cave, the best practice is to leave immediately. Bats awakened in the winter may burn up their fat reserves and die before spring feeding begins. During the summer, female bats are extremely sensitive to human disturbance of maternity sites resulting in the abandonment of young. To do caving correctly and safely for yourself and for other life forms dependent upon these unique ecosystems, it is recommended that you contact a local caving group or "Grotto" for assistance. To find one, we suggest checking with the National Speleological Society.
Another good link is with the KY group who coordinates caving activities in this area of the state Boone Karst Conservation Task Force.
The Nature Conservancy owns and manages over 1,000 acres of Bioreserve along Horse Lick Creek in Jackson County. Phone 606-878-7664 for more information.
For more information about scheduled membership outings in Horse Lick Creek, contact Jim Hays, Director of the Horse Lick Creek Bioreserve.
Jackson County Ministries Swimming Pool (Annville Institute Pool)
Contact Ministries office at 606/364-5151.
- Outdoor commercial pool operated by Jackson Ministries.
- Open to the public during the summer 12:30 to 5 P.M. Children $1.50; Adults; $2.75: Seasons passes are available.
- Available for pool parties after 5P.M. @ $60.00 for 2 hours (50 people maximum).
- Swimming lessons available to the public in morning hours during summer. $35.00 for 10 lessons. Pre-registration and class assignments required.
Shooting Ranges (Outdoor)
Available at Pine Grove Shooting Sports. Contact Charlotte Witt at 606/965-3459. Clay Sporting Range was opened in July 1, 1997, with Club House.
Archery Range (Outdoor)
Available at Pine Grove Shooting Sports. Contact Charlotte Witt at 606/965-3459. Archery range was opened July 1, 1997, with Club House.
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