There are hundreds of hiking trails and sites for camping in Kentucky. Thousands of miles of rivers and more than 50 fishing and boating lakes (more coastline than Florida). White water rafting and canoeing and the longest cave system in the world. Nearly 900,000 acres of national forests and 51 state parks.
Capital City: Frankfort
Nickname: Bluegrass State
Motto: United we stand, divided we fall
Statehood: June 1, 1792 (15th)
Origin of State's Name: Based on the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," meaning "land of tomorrow." or "dark and bloody ground"
Largest City: Louisville
Border States: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Land Area: 39,732 sq. mi.; 36th largest
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Goldenrod (solidago altissima)
State Tree: Tulip Poplar
State Songs: My Old Kentucky Home
Blue Moon of Kentucky (bluegrass song)