Osborne Bend Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wellington, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Fun trail, mostly easy with two steep incline/decline at each end. Trail was in alright condition considering the rainfall and horse traffic that some of the trail sees. The trail offers glimpses of what the gorge has to offer, and in a much less trafficked area.
We hiked maybe 1 mile into this, then headed off trail up hill to the bottom of the cliffs. For the most part, there was a nice path to follow along the edge of the cliffs. It made for a very enjoyable experience, as with nearly ever corner we turned seemingly taking us into a new land. Just gorgeous!
The trail head is found at the parking lot at the end of the one lane bridge on KY715. It's mostly heavily wooded scenery with fairly even ground. There is a moderately steep incline at the beginning of the trail and a steep decline with loose rocks/debris at the end of the actual trail. At the end of the trail you will come back to the KY715. Approx. 3 miles up the road (eastward direction) you will arrive back at the trail head parking lot. It's best to walk next to the road on the Red River side (going with traffic). There is enough room to walk on the side of the road with the exception of a couple of places. As long as you are aware of traffic there should be no problem. Wear reflectors/lights during low light conditions. This hike was rated 4 stars because it was a really nice hike, but with no spectacular views beyond the dense forest during the "green" seasons. As I have discovered since hiking this trail, inside of this loop is a trail to Copperas Falls. If you look at the map you can see the valley that the trail runs through. I will hike to Copperas Falls a second time to record it for future users.