Area Adventures

Ashland is perfectly located between some of the most beautiful National Forests and State Parks in the country. Visitors can enjoy easy day trips touring the caves of Kentucky, hiking the mountains of West Virginia, or Kayaking the mighty Ohio River, then return to Ashland for shopping, dining and lodging. 

Kentucky Adventures

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

18.9 miles from Ashland

Find lots to do at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, KY from fishing, boating and scuba diving to hiking, biking, birding, playing miniature golf and more.

Grayson Lake

37.9 miles from Ashland

Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, and Picnicking are just a few of the things you can do at Grayson Lake State Park. 

Yatesville Lake

37.6 miles from Ashland

Yatesville Lake provides plenty of room to skim the waves or catch some rays in your favorite cruisecraft—be it a houseboat, pontoon, speed boat or jet ski. The Yatesville Marina offers everything boaters and fishers need for lake fun. Relax in the scenic lakeside setting of Yatesville Lake's campground. 

Carter Caves

43.2 miles from Ashland 

Carter Caves State Resort Park offers 28 Lodge Rooms, 12 Cabins, Camping, Cave Tours, Hiking Trails, Mini Golf, Horseback Riding, Swimming, Fishing, and Recreational Activities. Part of the largest cave system found in any area of Kentucky, Carter Caves hosts guided tours year-round in Cascade Cave and X-Cave. Enjoy a subterranean adventure, created by nature over millions of years. 

Daniel Boone National Forest

89.5 miles from Ashland 

As the northernmost district on the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Cumberland Ranger District is known for Cave Run Lake and Red River Gorge. Cave Run Lake is nestled among the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky. Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors of Cave Run Lake. Outdoor enthusiasts come to the Red River Gorge year-round to enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other recreation opportunities. 

Ohio & West Virginia Adventures

Lake Vesuvius / Wayne National


12.6 miles from Ashland

The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area is the Wayne National Forest's premier developed recreation site and is named after the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace. The rugged hills and out-cropping cliffs provide a scenic backdrop for this historical and beautiful site. It contains a 143-acre lake, two family campgrounds and one group campground, beach and swim area, multiple picnic areas, fishing, boating, hiking, scenic overlook and an archery trail. 

Beech Fork State Park

West Virginia

29.1 miles from Ashland 

Beech Fork State Park offers some of the best recreational opportunities in West Virginia’s southwestern region. Visitors to this 3,144-acre park can hike in the hills, watch birds, fish or take a boat out on Beech Fork Lake. The lake is a 720-acre reservoir, with 31 miles of shoreline. 

Kanawha State Park

West Virginia

68.4 miles from Ashland

Located seven miles south of Charleston, Kanawha State Forest is an outdoor lover’s haven. It is known for its extensive network of hiking and biking trails and has some of the state’s most popular picnic areas. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower, tree and bird populations. Amenities include picnic shelters, playgrounds and camping.