Blue Heron Loop Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Blue Heron Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Strunk, KY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round.

7.5 miles 1418 feet Loop

hiking

rock climbing

river

views

Directions from Stearns: Travel west on KY 92 approximately 1.3 miles and turn left on 1651. After driving approximately 1.1 miles turn right onto KY742 in Revelo. Drive approximately 8.2 miles to Blue Heron. After passing the entrance to the campground, turn left onto the Overlook Road. The Blue Heron Loop may be started at the first parking area or on the Overlook Road. You may also access the trail from the Blue Heron Mining Community.

hiking
22 days ago

Great afternoon trail! Beautiful scenic walk that at times can provide one heck of a workout!

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. Well maintained trails with a great parking area.

2 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

great hike had to remove a lot of debris off of trail from recent storm.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view at Devils jump overlook.

6 months ago

I loved the crack rocks and the overlooks were nothing short of majestic. The tipple was a disappointment in my book. 6 stars.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent trail!! Recommend the trail for intermediate hikers but the trail head features a museum with restrooms and an old coal tipple. The trail has lots of beautiful views of the Cumberland River and is a great work out. If it weren't only 55 degrees when we went, we would have jumped in the river. There were several mine entrances along the trail. I would recommend this trail in the spring and fall to see the budding and foliage. It is a little bit of a challenge.

hiking
7 months ago

We had a great hike on a Sunday morning. Crack in the Rocks and Devil's Jump are neat features

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail. We went left from the first parking lot to start the loop, and highly recommend doing the same if you have children or dogs with you, as descending very steep steps with dogs is much harder than ascending.

2 years ago

Beautiful moderate trail. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CLIMBING IN BIG SOUTH FORK, THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. There are roughly 30-40 routes ranging (from what seems to be and what i have found on rockclimbing.com) 5.10 - 5-11.b

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail with several different viewings of the gorge from beside the river to above it on the overlooks. There are many old coal mining openings and areas of rock houses with interesting views. At the beginning of the trail is the living museum for the Blue Heron coal mining community with exhibits and the coal tipple area for loading cars, well worth the visit.