There’s more to Kentucky than horse racing and fried chicken. A lot more. And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, particularly a standup paddler, you’re pretty much in backwoods paradise in the Bluegrass State. Here are five local favorites for destination standup paddling in Kentucky. From rivers to creeks to flatwater fun galore, there’s endless adventure to be had there. (Tip: pack some fried chicken, chances are you’ll want to stay longer than expected.)

More obscure SUP destinations in our Backwaters series.