Siltstone Trail is a 11.7 mile out and back trail located near Fairdale, Kentucky and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Heavily wooded, knob-hopping, ridge hiking, with over 3000 feet of climbing The Siltstone Trail traverses the knobs of southern Jefferson County, topping out on some of the areas highest points. The 6 1/2 mile trail can be hiked from either end, and is an easy shuttle if you have a hiking buddy with wheels. Otherwise, it's a 13 mile out and back hike. It doesn't take long to get warmed up on this hike. After strolling past Tom Wallace Lake, you're faced with a 300' climb from the trailhead. Once you've made the climb, the hike is mostly a ridge line hike. But this doesn't mean there's no more climbing. The trail drops down to cross 2 paved roads, with steep climbs down and up at each intersection. With over 3,000' of total climbing, this trail keeps the thighs burning and the heart pumping. Since nearly the entire hike is through heavily wooded areas, this is a great hike in the fall and when the leaves are off in the winter and early spring. Deer and wild turkey (feathered not bottled) are commonly seen along the way.
This is a great trail. I really enjoyed it.
I had a little trouble finding the trailhead though. You can park at Scott's Gap loop trailhead or the visitors center.
Leaves covering the trail made it tough to see rocks and roots on the trail but that's to be expected this time of year. There are plenty of tough climbs with great views as the reward. It's possible to extend the run by doing Scott's Gap loop (3.2 mi) or Yost ridge trail. Bear Camp parking lot is about half way and could be a good spot to stash water.
A nice ridge walk with some decent views when all the leaves are off the trees. Nothing spectacular though. Not as difficult as the "hard" rating would suggest. I am not in excellent shape and did the full out-and-back (14 miles based on my GPS) in about 6hrs.
Great hike! Needs some brush clearing at some of the scenic view points
Great view great time