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The US state of Kentucky is a fairly easy state to hitchhike through and out of. Most cities in Kentucky only hit major freeways in a few spots, which makes high-traffic on-ramps easy to find. The drivers in the area are generally nice, even if they don't pick you up they will acknowledge you. Expect to wait 1 to 4 hours.

Sticking to smaller highways in Kentucky will net a clean cut looking young man or woman 2-3 rides an hour, though most aren't going far.


189.570 Pedestrians (19)No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

189.010 As used in this chapter: (10)Roadway means that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulder or berm.

As usual, stay on the shoulder and you aren't breaking the law.

Federal Districts

Note:All land owned by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

  • Big South Fork National Recreation Area 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.


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