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Tygart Creek paddle excursions travel through Kentucky’s most scenic limestone gorge

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By Kentuckytourism.com

Tygart Creek paddle excursions in Olive Hill, Kentucky is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates individuals down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky’s most scenic limestone gorge.

Individuals will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours. The park will provide canoes, paddles, life vest and transportation shuttle from and back to the Welcome Center and guides for the trip down the creek.

The park does not have kayaks, although paddlers have the option to bring their own kayak for the trip. Participants should have some paddle experience before signing up for these trips. Along the way individuals will see high cliff sides and the natural beauty that the spring has to offer. They will also take a side trip into one of Kentucky’s largest natural limestone tunnels.

Required equipment includes; the correct attire for cool weather paddling, a complete change of clothes, treaded footwear, flashlight (for natural tunnel visit), sack lunch, bottled water and a dry bag for supplies.

The cost is $50 per person using the park’s canoes and $35 per person using their own kayaks. Limited space available, preregistration is required.

To register, call the recreation department at (800) 325-0059 or email coy.ainsley@ky.gov.

The park is located at 344 Caveland Dr. Olive Hill, Kentucky.

Participants meet at the Welcome Center at 9:30 a.m. They will load their kayaks on the park’s trailer at the Welcome Center then head for the put in point. This trip can be canceled due to high/low water levels and/or extreme weather conditions.

The paddle excursions are from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and May 13.